Dr Melissa Barnes is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. While her teaching career began in the United States, it is her teaching experiences in Germany, Vietnam, Australia and Brunei that have collectively shaped her understanding of language, literacy, assessment and teacher education in diverse educational contexts. Melissa has been a primary school teacher, a high school English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and a university lecturer. She completed her Doctor of Education at the University of Melbourne where she investigated the washback of the TOEFL iBT in English language programs in Vietnam. Melissa has a passion for teaching and assessment, particularly the use of purposeful, formative assessment tasks.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Assessment, primary/elementary education, language learning, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and English for Academic Purposes