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After doing my teaching degree in UK, and teaching in primary and secondary schools, I realised that what I really loved was teaching English to learners with different languages and cultures. I started teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and gained a post graduate diploma in this field (1980) Masters in TESOL, (1992) and PhD (1999). One of the great things about the field of TESOL is that I have been privileged to work in many countries including Turkey, Greece, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and now New Zealand, with students and teachers from diverse contexts and backgrounds. In 2007, I joined Massey University, College of Education, Centre for Educational Development with a research focus in the field of professional learning for teachers and inservice teacher educators. Since 2010 I have been Senior Lecturer in TESOL Leadership in the Institute of Education, and this area brings together the fields of TESOL, leadership and professional learning.
My past and current research focus has been in the field of teaching and teacher education and is tied together by qualitative research methodologies. Within the teacher education area I have focused on two main fields of research; (1) professional development for teachers and teacher educators and (2) teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).
Two examples of previous research projects are one in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one in New Zealand. The UAE research was a two year nationwide project funded by the UAE Ministry of Education for inservice teacher educators of English to speakers of other languages. This research project investigated the use of action research approaches for professional development for these educators. The New Zealand research was also part of a Ministry of Education funded project for inservice teacher educator, which explored inquiry approaches for professional learning.
My present and future research will continue to build on my previous research fields but will also add a focus on the newly emergent area of TESOL leadership. It will also involve teachers in schools in New Zealand and internationally. My current research project uses a case study approach to explore the leadership of TESOL within schools and investigate how TESOL knowledge is dispersed and professional developed in schools.
21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture
Field of research codes
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401):
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302): Education (130000): Educational Administration, Management and Leadership (130304):
English as a Second Language (200303): Language Studies (200300): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistics (200400):
Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Second language acquisition,
ESOL learners, action research,
Professional learning and development