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I am a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics and the teaching of second languages. I convene and teach postgraduate courses in second/additional language teaching and literacies across the curriculum. I am primarily involved in the Master of Secondary Teaching Program in the School of Education and Professional Studies. My research focuses broadly on language, identity and access to opportunity, particularly in multilingual migrant and post-colonial settings. I am especially interested in how educational opportunity and achievement are afforded or constrained by language policy and how people plan for language use in the home, in schools and in public space. I am a co-editor of the international journal 'Current Issues in Language Planning'. Recent work includes co-editing a special issue of Current Issues in Language Planning Journal on language planning and development aid (with Carol Benson, Teachers' College, Columbia), a co-edited volume (with Donna Starks, La Trobe University) 'Doing research within communities: Stories and lessons from language and education field research' (Routledge 2016), the analysis of social semiotics in public signs in Dili, East Timor, an exploration of new-Australian families’ multilingual literacy practices and a study of pre-service modern language teachers’ emerging professional identities in the light of changing language-in-education policy in Queensland. I have most recently been doing collaborative research on Australian adolescent perceptions of accent, migration and identity (with Donna Starks, La Trobe University, and Louisa Willoughby, Monash University). I am an applied sociolinguist with a keen interest in all aspects of language, identity and access to educational opportunity. I have a strong preference for research of an ethnographic nature. I enjoy immersing myself in multilingual communities of all types and trying to understand how language and literacy policies and practices make them tick.


Dr Kerry Taylor-Leech

School of Education and Professional Studies

Senior 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:

  • · (2018). ㉴ would be nice if someone took the load off you亠Arabic-speaking new-Australian mothers and the challenges of heritage language maintenance. Journal of Home Language Research, 3, 1–16.
  • · (2018). Un(intended) Language Planning in a Globalising World: Multiple Levels of Players at Work. Un(intended) Language Planning in a Globalising World: Multiple Levels of Players at Work.
  • · (2018). Where are you from? Adolescent formulations of place identity. Applied Linguistics Review, 1–27.
  • · (2017). Young peoples perspectives on the mobility of Australian English accents. World Englishes, 1–13.
  • · (2016). From practice to theory: the contributions of Richard B. Baldauf Jr. to the field of language policy and planning. Current Issues in Language Planning, 17(1), 1–10.

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