Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Margaret Kettle
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3259
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle teaches in the area of second language education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the Faculty of Education at QUT. She is the coordinator of the TESOL study area in the Master of Education and lectures in Theory and practice of second language teaching and learning, and Sociolinguistics. She also teaches in the area of doctoral education on the Professional Doctorate of Education in the Faculty of Education. Associate Professor Kettle’s central research interests are at the nexus of pedagogy, participation, language, and diverse communities. Specific areas of focus are:

  • International higher education
  • Second language pedagogies in schools, universities and workplaces
    • Variables in English as an additional language and dialect (EAL/D) learning
    • School and migrant community connections
    • English for Specific and Occupational Purposes pedagogies
    • Culture and its role in second language teaching and learning
    • Identity and agency in second language learning
    • Second language writing development
  • Bilingual education in schools
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) methodology.

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4060-4226 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Margaret_Kettle?isModalOpen

Associate Professor Kettle is co-leader of the Teacher Education and Professional Learning (TEPL) Research Group in the Faculty of Education. Current professional memberships are:

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
  • International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
  • Languages and Cultures Network of Australian Universities (LCNAU)
  • Queensland Association of TESOL (QATESOL).
Keywords

Second language education in schools, Second language education in communities, International higher education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English for Specific Purposes, English for professional communication, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), Pedagogy, curriculum and culture, Second language teacher education, Sociolinguistics

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

Biography

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle completed her PhD in 2007 and commenced at QUT in the same year. Her PhD thesis Agency, discourse and academic practice: Reconceptualising international students in an Australian university won two awards: The University of Queensland Varghese Prize for Best Thesis in Comparative Education (2008) and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence Award for Research Thesis (2009). She recently published a book on international higher education titled International student engagement in higher education: Transforming practices, pedagogies and participation (2017) with leading UK-based TESOL publisher Multilingual Matters.

A/Professor Kettle has worked in schools, language centres, and universities both in Australia and overseas in England, Germany, Thailand, and Vietnam. Her teaching focus includes schooling, English Language Teaching (ELT), teacher professional development, informal community education, and English for Specific and Occupational Purposes.

Currently she teaches at postgraduate and doctoral levels in the Faculty of Education, and is involved in capacity building with teachers and tutors in regional and rural communities experiencing growing diversity through skilled migration. She is also leading a professional development project with English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) teachers at Hanoi University of Industry in Vietnam. The project involves capacity building in EOP course design and implementation, and action research methodology and academic publishing.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Margaret Kettle.

Teaching

Associate Professor Kettle currently lectures on the Master of Education (TESOL) and the Doctor of Education (EdD)  course in the Faculty of Education. Her teaching units are:

  • LCN638: Theory and practice of second language teaching and learning
  • LCN612: Sociolinguistics
  • EDR703: Doctor of Education Interdisciplinary studies in education.

Associate Professor Kettle’s teaching has been recognised in a number of Faculty of Education teaching awards: 2009 Teaching Excellence: Early Career Award 2010 Team Teaching Excellence Award: Language Education Team. She also regularly presents on effective teaching and learning in school, university and community settings. For example

  • Kettle, M. (2020). Teaching second language vocabulary. Queensland Department of Education Darling Downs South West region.
  • Kettle, M. (2018). Written corrective feedback for second language uptake and learner autonomy: Teacher and student experiences of informing and improving practice. VietTESOL International Convention. Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam. October 12-13.
  • Kettle, M. (2017). Language and culture: Why they matter for teaching and learning. VietTESOL Conference, Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam. December 7-8.
  • Kettle, M. (2017). QUT Higher Education Research Network (HERN): Student Engagement: What is it actually and how can it be achieved?
  • Kettle, M. (2016). Leading low level proficiency students from reception to production in functional English. TAFE Queensland South West – Toowoomba campus (with attendance by members of community organisations such as Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Service).
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Margaret Kettle.

Experience

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle works regularly in schools with teachers on areas of practice related to language, culture and pedagogy.  For example, she has conducted professional development workshops with classroom teachers focusing on teaching methodologies and academic achievement for students using English as a second or additional language, or as an additional dialect. She has also provided English Language Teaching methodology training to teachers in overseas contexts. In 2012 she was invited to present a two-day workshop on teaching approaches and methods to 300 university teachers in Beijing, China. From 2017-2018 she worked with English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) teachers at Hanoi University of Industry (HaUI) to build capacity in course and research design to promote more effective teaching and learning experiences at the university.

Associate Professor Kettle has led a sequence of community-based projects which involve participants in a regional and rural community undergoing cultural and linguistic change through migration. The third project in the sequence is a Queensland Department of Education Horizon project which works with English as an additional language (EAL) students, their parents and teachers to design ways of using home languages to promote more effective teaching and learning, and better school-family connections.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Margaret Kettle.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Publication Award: QUT Best Higher Education Research publications 2017: Interdisciplinary Publication - International student engagement in higher education: Transforming practices, pedagogies and participation.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2017
Details
Invited Keynote Speaker: International VietTESOL conference, Thai Nguyen University, December 7-8.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Award: Research Excellence, Faculty of Education
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Invited keynote speaker: 2013 International TESOL conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Ho Chi Minh Campus, Vietnam.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools: A Longitudinal Study of Graduates at Work in Low Socio-Economic Status Schools
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100613
Start year
2015
Keywords
Quality Teaching;Low Ses Schooling;Teachers Work
Title
Images, Perceptions and Resources: Enhancing Australia's Role in China's English Language Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200397
Start year
2011
Keywords
Web Based Learning;China;TEFOL;ICT and Education
Title
Images, Perceptions and Resources: Enhancing Australia's Role in China's English Language Education
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200397
Start year
2010
Keywords
Web Based Learning;China;TEFOL;ICT and Education

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