Tanja has been a TESOL Language teacher since 2005. She began her career working with a diverse collection of learners from a multitude of cultural and social backgrounds in Spain, the United Kingdom, and Russia, before returning home to Australia.

Since joining ICTE in 2008, Tanja has supported learners on programs such as Bridging English Program, English for Academic Purposes, English for Academic Communication, Business English, Study Tours, and exam classes such as IELTS. In addition, Tanja has been an IELTS invigilator and delivered professional development workshops for in-service English teachers. Tanja has also held positions of responsibility as Course Convenor on General English classes ranging from Elementary to Upper-intermediate levels.

Tanja is passionate about bringing the outside world into the classroom and helping students connect with their surroundings in a meaningful and productive manner in order to make the most of their studies in Australia. Recently, her interest in task-based learning (TBL) has led her to present at the prestigious IATEFL Conference in Brighton, UK. Her presentation will demonstrate how collaboration and task-based learning go hand in hand to create a stimulating learning environment that ensures learners reach the next level in their language development.


  • DELTA Module One and Two (Cambridge Assessment)
  • CELTA (Australian TESOL Training Centre)
  • Graduate Diploma in Music (QLD Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University)
  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management (Sarino Russo)


  • Wiebusch, F., Hafenstein, T., Fairbrother, L. & Florent, J. (2019, Feb 16). "School in a box": Minimal-resource activities for maximum learner engagement. 15th International CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Moran, J. & Hafenstein, FT (2018, April 12). Collaboration and task-based learning: A winning combinationIATEFL Conference, Brighton, UK.
  • Wiebusch, F, Hafenstein, T., & Fairbrother, L. (2018, March 17). Low-prep, high engagement strategies for your teaching toolkit. QLD English Australia PD Fest, UQ-ICTE, Brisbane.

Other affiliations

  • Musician, ICTE​ Chorusan International Student Choir, UQ-ICTE at the University of Queensland, 2018.