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I take pride in being a teaching practitioner and consider this background essential to my academic work

Dr Kerry Taylor-Leech comes from a teaching background, she has taught in secondary schools, adult migrant education and higher education in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her research explores the intersections between language policy, development, identity, education and literacy in multilingual contexts. She also researches the relationship between language and settlement for adult immigrants. In addition, she has an ongoing interest in the teaching and learning of languages.

Dr Kerry Taylor-Leech

School of Languages and Linguistics

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Fields of Expertise

  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Language and Identity
  • Language Education and Literacy Policy and Practice
  • Linguistic Landscape

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Kerry has presented at a number of national and international conferences specifically about her research in Timor-Leste including:

  • National Building and Language Policy November 2014. Timor-Leste: Challenges of a New State in the Asian Century Conference

Industry Experience

  • Professional Memberships

    World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA), Language and Migration Research Network (AILA), Language Policy Research Network (AILA), Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia and New Zealand (ALAA-ALANZ),Australian Linguistics Society (ALS), Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) and Australian East Timor Studies Association (AETA)

  • Editorial Board Memberships

    Policy Studies editor for the Current Issues in Language Planning Journal, Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada and Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Research Expertise

Kerry is interested in supervising postgraduate research which focuses on language and literacy acquisition; language policy and planning; language (bilingual/multilingual) education; linguistic landscape, language and literacy development with particular reference to developing and diverse contexts; language and identity, migration and settlement. Kerry's research highlights include:

  • Shifting sociolinguistic realities in the nation of East Timor and its Diasporas. Year: 2013-2016    Research Partner: Leverhulme International Research Network
  • Language learning and settlement success: Are they related? Year: 2007-2014 Research Partner: Macquarie University and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Kerry's publication highlights include:

  • Doing research within communities. Stories and lessons from language and education field research. Year: 2016 (forthcoming) Publisher London: Routledge
  • Multilingual education: The role of language ideologies and attitudes. Year: 2015 Published in: Current Issues in Language Planning
  • Macro-language planning for multilingual education: Focus on programmes and provision. Year: 2014 Published in: Current Issues in Language Planning

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