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 UQ-ICTE in 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 and Vietnam. 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 and leaders in Australian transnational contexts.

Connect with Fiona via her TESOL Teacher Talk micro-blog or the UQ-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

ICTE-UQ Secondments

  • 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, 2017. 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 Chorusan 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.