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Ms Jennifer Alford

Faculty of Education,
School of Cultural and Professional Learning


Ms Jennifer Alford
Lecturer in TESOL
Faculty of Education,
School of Cultural and Professional Learning
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, Language Studies
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Master of Education TESOL (Queensland University of Technology), Grad Dip Education (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) including QATESOL
  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)
  • Australian Association of Teachers of English (AATE) incuding ETAQ
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Founding member of the QUT Critical Discourse Analysis Research group
  • Member of the International and Intercultural Education Scholarly Interest Group at QUT
  • Founder of ‘TESS’- Teaching EAL/D Senior Syllabus network, Queensland, Australia
  • Member of academia.edu – https://qut.academia.edu/JenniferAlford/Papers

Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Literacy, EAL/D learners, Second Language Teaching Pedagogy, TESOL, Critical Case Study research, Language and Content Education

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Jennifer Alford coordinates the English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum area in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

Previously, she was:

  • a mainstream English/Humanities and ESL teacher in various high schools in Queensland, Australia.
  • an ESL teacher in adult migrant education programs and various private English language colleges (1987-1999).

Jennifer is currently completing her PhD studies in teacher knowledge and practice of critical literacy with senior high school ESL students.

July 2010


  • awarded a $10,000 Women In Research grant by the University Equity committee. The aim of this grant is to support women returning to higher degree study.


  • part of a QUT team that won a Queensland Government Industry Partnership Award for furthering international education with Fraser Coast Anglican College.
  • coordinator of the Faculty  of Education EAL/D SIG and EAL/D core B.Ed unit writing team (ongoing).
  • organising member of the joint QUT-IPGKIK  Outward Mobility 2 wk Study Tour program for B.Ed students to Malaysia, Sept-Oct, 2013.
  • participant in the 6th Beijing Normal University-QUT international doctoral forum, Beijing, China, Nov 2013.

Jennifer’s areas of interest include:

  • ESL teachers’ understandings and practice of language and literacy teaching in high schools
  • TESOL pedagogy and practice
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language immersion programs for overseas trained teachers.
  • Intercultural Understanding
This information has been contributed by Ms Jennifer Alford.


My Teaching includes:

  • ESL Curriculum Studies and English Curriculum Studies  – Bachelor of Education, Secondary.
  • Various undergraduate electives in the ESL/languages area and in Sociology of Education.
  • Master of Education (TESOL) units: Second Language Acquisition; Language and Culture; From Theory to Practice; Functional Grammar for both domestic and international cohorts.
  • Professional short courses for overseas trained teachers – Hong Kong University; HKIEd; Jiangsu Education Dept, PRC.
  • Professional short courses for overseas trained  academics and education administrators: Developing Strategic Leadership for Inclusive Education in  Bhutan; Developing Strategic Leadership for Inclusive Education in East Java.

In 2009, Jennifer was awarded a QUT Faculty Teaching and Learning Scholarship of Teaching Award for her involvement in the production of a DVD to support international students on field experience in schools (practicum) and the publication of associated research papers (see Publications). In 2010, Jennifer was part of the Languages Education Team which was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by the Faculty of Education at QUT. This award acknowledges sustained outstanding student evaluations of teaching, and team collaboration to produce effective, innovative pedagogy for diverse learners. In 2012, Jennifer was nominated by a group of international students for a Vice Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching. Supervision of Higher Degree Research students: Current:

This information has been contributed by Ms Jennifer Alford.


Jennifer’s real world engagement includes 12 years of teaching in high schools and in adult second language education institutions. She also regularly conduct workshops for teachers in schools on the following topics:

  • Second language acquisition;
  • Curriculum design and enactment;
  • Teaching strategies for EAL/D learners across the school curriculum;
  • Critical literacy: theory and approaches.
  • Pre-service EAL/D teacher education


  • Education Qld Metropolitan EAL/D PD day – Building EAL/D capacity in schools – opportunities and challenges from the pre-service perspective. Oct, 20, 2014.
  • QATESOL – Preparing Pre-service teachers for ESL teaching – a dialogue between schools and universities. Sept 6, 2014. Brisbane.
  • Milpera High School. May 15, 2014. Copperative Learning Strategies for Language Learning Professional Development Seminar (40 teachers).
  • QATESOL ‘TESOL Classroom Strategies’ presented at Metropolitan South Institute of Technical and Further Education. September, 2013.
  • John Paul College, Brisbane. May 2012. Embedding EAL/D strategies across the curriculum P-12.
  • Yeronga High School, Brisbane. TESOL Classroom Strategies Refresher. March 2010.
  • Pacific Gateway International College, 232 Adelaide St, Brisbane : ‘Communicative Language Teaching and the Grammar Gap’. Oct 26, 2001.
  • QATESOL- Critical Literacy. Metropolitan area workshop – April 27, 2002.
  • MacGregor High School ESL & Critical Literacy professional development project: with Jennifer Lawrence and Jaelle Thompson: June 2001 – Dec 2002.
  • Critical Literacy for Junior school and ESL. All Hallow’s School workshop. Feb 4, 2003.
  • Fraser Coast Anglican College, Hervey Bay. Assisting students with language across the curriculum. Feb 13-14, 2003. “The Bastards of Baghdad” or “Young Knights of the Skies”? Constructions of refugee groups in media texts. QATESOL Workshop for secondary English teachers:Teaching Refugee Related Issues. March 27, 2004. Albion, Brisbane.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Alford, J., and Sobyra, A. (2014). Recontextualising English language teaching policy: teachers as mediators of genres of power. Paper presented at the Inaugural QUT HDR Conference, Brisbane, QUT Oct 11, 2014.
  • This information has been contributed by Ms Jennifer Alford.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.