Paul is responsible for the design, delivery and academic management of Bridging English, the academic English pathway program for international students wishing to study at UQ.

He has worked at ICTE since 2003, coordinating and teaching on a wide range of courses including Bridging English, General English and Customised English Programs. He also has extensive experience as a teacher trainer on professional development programs focused on TESOL Methodology and Content and Language Integrated Learning.

His professional interests include the integration of digital technologies in the classroom on which he has presented several workshops nationally and internationally. As Academic Manager, he has a desire to see technology effectively integrated into programs and staff trained in best practice.

Paul established and facilitates the ICTE football club, which promotes a culture of fun, fitness and friendship through English and has involved more than 500 students from all around the world. In 2014, Paul won the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)’s award for going above and beyond the call of duty.


  • Cambridge English IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) - in progress
  • Master of Arts: TESOL (University of Queensland)
  • Cambridge English CELT-S/CELT-P Train-the-Trainer (Cambridge Assessment)
  • Cambridge English CELTA
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Canterbury College of Education)
  • Bachelor of Japanese Language (CPIT)


  • Forster, P. (2014, November 28-29 ) Using a web-based interactive tool for formative assessment via mobile devices. ALTAANZ Conference, Brisbane, Australia
  • Forster, P. (2014, September 18-19). Engaging Digital Language Learners: #Edtech for teaching and learning. English Australia Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Forster, P. (2013). Exploiting Mobile Technology for Language Learning. MLTAQ Journal 157, 15-22
  • Forster, P. & Griffiths, M. (2013, May 16-17). Mobile Devices in the Language Classroom. NEAS Management Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Forster, P. (2012, October 4-7). Smarter Classrooms: Maximising Mobile Devices for Language Teaching and Learning. CLESOL Conference, Palmerston North, NZ
  • Forster, P. (2012, September 25). Maximizing Mobility: Digital Devices in the Classroom. Colombian National Bilingualism Conference, Bogota, Colombia