Fiona has been involved in TESOL education since 1998. She began her career in secondary schools and University language centres in Australia, before taking up positions in New Zealand, Japan and Vietnam. Over the last two decades, Fiona has led professional development initiatives and fulfilled various roles in education management; most notably as Director of Studies at Worldwide School of English in Auckland and later, Academic Manager for Professional Learning in the School of Languages & English at RMIT University, Vietnam.

Since joining ICTE in April 2015, Fiona has supported students on the Bridging English ProgramEnglish for Academic Communication courses in Engineering, Masters of Chinese Translation and Interpretation, and Applied Linguistics, as well as teacher training on TESOL Methodology programs. She has also delivered programs in Content and Language Integrated Learning with our partner institutions in China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and Chile. In 2016, Fiona was appointed as the Senior Teacher: Teacher Training and Professional Development and is a keen advocate for teacher-directed learning and Peer Partnerships.

Fiona's publications to date reflect her professional interests in task-based learning, the use of social media in learning & teaching, and curriculum development. Her current doctoral research employs a mixed methods approach to understand the professional learning experiences of English Language teachers in Australian transnational university contexts.

Connect with Fiona via her TESOL Teacher Talk micro-blog or the ICTE Chorus page. 

Qualifications

  • PhD Linguistics candidate (Macquarie University)
  • Train the Trainer Certificate (Cambridge Assessment)
  • Masters of Applied Linguistics TESOL (The University of Melbourne)
  • Professional Practice TESOL (The University of Melbourne)
  • Diploma of Secondary Education (The University of Melbourne)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology (Monash University)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Deakin University)

Publications

  • 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.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2018, November 20). Small things with big effects: Engaging learners with or without technology. Programa Ingles Abre Puertas Conference, Chile.
  • Magee, C. & Wiebusch, F. (2018, April 9). PR for PD: Harnessing individual energy to empower institutions in teacher developmentIATEFL 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, ICTE-UQ, Brisbane.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2017, Nov 23). Managing Cognitive and Linguistic demands in a CLIL environment. Guest Lecture, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • Coleman, P., Wiebusch, F., Magee, C., O'Keefe, S. & James, R. (2017). Where does empowerment begin? World cafe on professional development in TESOLEnglish Australia Conference: Empowering Global Citizens, Adelaide.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2015). Peer Partnerships: A fresh perspective on teachers observing teachersEnglish Australia Conference, Brisbane.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2015). Peer Partnerships: A fresh perspective on teachers observing teachers. CamTESOL International Research Symposium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2014). Fostering teacher-led professional learning in tertiary ELT settings. Australian Council for TESOL Associations (ACTA), Melbourne, Australia.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2014). Fostering teacher-led professional learning using social media. TESOL Arabia Conference in Dubai, UAE on 13-15 March 2014.
  • Clarke, A. Chester, A., Wiebusch, F., Wingrove, D. & Brown, M. (2014). Fostering deep reflection through Peer Partnerships. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA), July Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Peck, C. & Wiebusch, F. (2014). Using Web Mediated Intercultural Exchanges in EFL Learning and Teaching. TESOL Convention, Portland, USA.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2013). Enhancing professional learning using social media. 39th International JALT Conference, Osaka, Japan.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2013). Increasing teacher talk time? Enhancing professional learning communities. 9th International CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Wiebusch, F. & Bridge, C. (2013). Pushing the ‘task’: Activities to maximise post-task learning in EAP. 21st International KoTESOL Conference, Seoul. Korea.
  • Bridge, C. & Wiebusch, F. (2012). Keeping it real: Implementing a task-integrated curriculum in Vietnam. On Task, 2 (2). p 11-13.
  • Wiebusch, F. & Bridge, C. (2012). Task-based Learning? Get real! Teacher reflections on a task-integrated curriculum. 20th International KoTESOL Conference, Seoul, Korea.
  • Wiebusch, F. & Bridge, C. (2012). Promoting authentic experiences in the EAP Classroom through Task-based Learning. 8th International CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Wiebusch, F. (2009). Communicative Language Teaching in Vietnam. SEAMEO Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  

ICTE-UQ Secondments

  • November, 2018. Academic Development & ELT Consultancy, Universidad Aysen, Coyhaique, Chile.
  • May, 2017. Customised English & Methodology for TESOL Purposes, Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (Secondary), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Jun-Jul, 2017. CLIL in Higher Education, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.
  • March, 2016. CLIL Foundations, Kobe College, Kobe, Japan.
  • Jan-Feb, 2016. CLIL and English as a Medium of Instruction, South East Asian Ministry of Education Organisations (SEAMEO), Danang, Vietnam.

Other affiliations

  • Musician, ICTE-UQ Chorus – an International Student Choir, ICTE-UQ at the University of Queensland, 2015-ongoing.
  • Delta Local Tutor, IH London/Distance Delta, Cambridge ESOL, 2012-2014.
  • Event Manager, 'TESOLutions to Classroom Challenges'. TESOL Talks Vietnam Series, Ho Chi Minh City, 31 January 2015.
  • Event Manager, 'Scott Thornbury - The Secret History of Methods', TESOL Talks Vietnam Series. Ho Chi Minh City, 11 October, 2014.
  • Event Manager, Sowing the seeds for deeper learning through gamification’, TESOL Talks Vietnam Series. Ho Chi Minh City, 26 July, 2014.