Assoc Prof Margaret Kettle

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PhD (University of Queensland), Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Griffith University)

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle completed her PhD in 2007 and commenced at QUT in the same year. Her PhD thesis Agency, discourse and academic practice: Reconceptualising international students in an Australian university won two awards: The University of Queensland Varghese Prize for Best Thesis in Comparative Education (2008) and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence Award for Research Thesis (2009). She recently published a book on international higher education titled International student engagement in higher education: Transforming practices, pedagogies and participation (2017) with leading UK-based TESOL publisher Multilingual Matters.

A/Professor Kettle has worked in schools, language centres, and universities both in Australia and overseas in England, Germany, Thailand, and Vietnam. Her teaching focus includes schooling, English Language Teaching (ELT), teacher professional development, informal community education, and English for Specific and Occupational Purposes.

Currently she teaches at postgraduate and doctoral levels in the Faculty of Education, and is involved in capacity building with teachers and tutors in regional and rural communities experiencing growing diversity through skilled migration. She is also leading a professional development project with English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) teachers at Hanoi University of Industry in Vietnam. The project involves capacity building in EOP course design and implementation, and action research methodology and academic publishing.

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Associate Professor Margaret Kettle works regularly in schools with teachers on areas of practice related to language, culture and pedagogy.  For example, she has conducted professional development workshops with classroom teachers focusing on teaching methodologies and academic achievement for students using English as a second or additional language, or as an additional dialect. She has also provided English Language Teaching methodology training to teachers in overseas contexts. In 2012 she was invited to present a two-day workshop on teaching approaches and methods to 300 university teachers in Beijing, China. From 2017-2018 she worked with English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) teachers at Hanoi University of Industry (HaUI) to build capacity in course and research design to promote more effective teaching and learning experiences at the university.

Associate Professor Kettle has led a sequence of community-based projects which involve participants in a regional and rural community undergoing cultural and linguistic change through migration. The third project in the sequence is a Queensland Department of Education Horizon project which works with English as an additional language (EAL) students, their parents and teachers to design ways of using home languages to promote more effective teaching and learning, and better school-family connections.

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Publication Award: QUT Best Higher Education Research publications 2017: Interdisciplinary Publication - International student engagement in higher education: Transforming practices, pedagogies and participation.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2017
Details
Invited Keynote Speaker: International VietTESOL conference, Thai Nguyen University, December 7-8.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Award: Research Excellence, Faculty of Education
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Invited keynote speaker: 2013 International TESOL conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Ho Chi Minh Campus, Vietnam.
Title
Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools: A Longitudinal Study of Graduates at Work in Low Socio-Economic Status Schools
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100613
Start year
2015
Keywords
Quality Teaching;Low Ses Schooling;Teachers Work
Title
Images, Perceptions and Resources: Enhancing Australia's Role in China's English Language Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200397
Start year
2011
Keywords
Web Based Learning;China;TEFOL;ICT and Education
Title
Images, Perceptions and Resources: Enhancing Australia's Role in China's English Language Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200397
Start year
2010
Keywords
Web Based Learning;China;TEFOL;ICT and Education