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Research Professor, Curtin University

I am a Professor in the School of Education at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. I am widely published in the area of Applied Linguistics with more than 6,000 citations to my publications. Internationally I am best known for my work in relation to child language learners. I have also undertaken work in the area of Aboriginal education, particularly for those students who have Standard Australia English as their second language or dialect.


  • –present
    Professor and Head of School, Curtin University


  • 1996 
    UWA, PhD - Education and Applied Linguistics