My main areas of teaching are Health Sciences and supporting the professional language development of of nearly 1000 international nursing students. My undergraduate degree is in psychology, with a minor in sociocultural anthropology and English, and my postgraduate degree is in applied linguistics.
I research Nursing English, language testing and policy, English proficiency for university, vocabulary-centred language competence, and the efficacy of videogames for teaching English.
I am currently working on three projects (1) investigating pre-enrolment English proficiency for university, (2) English proficiency testing post-enrolment, and (3) computer-assisted learning in nursing education.
Senior lecturer, Flinders University
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Gaming in Nursing Education: A Literature Review, Nursing Education Perspectives
Effects of a web-based educational game on learning English idioms: Idiomatico, Journal of Educational Computing Research
The impact of explicit instruction and corrective feedback on postgraduate students’ academic writing, Journal of Academic Language and Learning 11
Sonographer Skill Teaching Practices Survey (SonoSTePS): Development and Initial Validation of a Survey Instrument, Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Teaching psychomotor skills in the 21st century: revisiting and reviewing instructional approaches through the lens of contemporary literature, Medical Teacher
Using a re-do station after debrief in undergraduate nursing simulation, Clinical Simulation in Nursing
Language proficiency and nursing registration, International Journal of Nursing Studies
A school-based approach to developing the English proficiency of EAL university students, Journal of Academic Language and Learning
The differences in error rate and type between IELTS writing bands and their impact on academic workload, Higher Education Research and Development
Improving the identification of medication names by increasing phonological awareness and listening skills via a language-teaching computer game, Serious Games for Healthcare: Applications and Implications
Medicina: Methods, models, and strategies, Cases on Digital Game-Based Learning: Methods, Models and Strategies
Gaming to learn: Language in a clinical context, Transforming University Teaching into Learning via Simulations and Games
Research-based design of a medical vocabulary videogame, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning
A pedagogy-driven approach to the design of a medical abbreviations videogame: Brevissima, Japan Association for Language Teaching Computer Assisted Language Learning Journal
Addressing the English language needs of international nursing students, Journal of Academic Language and Learning
Grants and Contracts
A causal experimental study of the reciprocal relationship between vocabulary knowledge, IELTS, and academic grades.
Flinders University Re-Entry Fellowship
Evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation experience on a diverse cohort of nursing/midwifery students
Flinders SONM Start-up grant
Development of an interactive online teaching tool to promote nursing students’ clinical decision making skills
FMNHS Executive Dean Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants
Vocabulary size effects on the academic achievement of equity groups