In addition to my studies and interest in Chinese, I am a fluent speaker of French and have studied German, Italian and Spanish as well. I have lived and worked for at least two years in each of France, the US and China.
I am currently working as a consultant in a number of bilingual immersion English-Chinese primary schools and one primary-secondary cluster. I am researching issues in developing Chinese Content and Language Integrated Learning (C-CLIL) and have been writing about that as well.
Education
PhD La Trobe University Vic Australia 1990
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I am interested in the practice of teaching and learning and the actual learning tasks set by the challenges of specific second languages for speakers of specific first languages. I am also especially interested in the development of oral skills and in intercultural communication.
Personal Interests
Bush walking, cross country skiing (though less these days!) Travelling