Major Research Projects
- the ongoing definition
and testing of a theoretical framework for foreign/second language-teaching
and learning based initially on the work of P. Guberina, A-P. Lian and
other theoreticians of the verbo-tonal theory of perception. Critical to
this framework are the notions of (a) load-reduction and (b) making complex
authentic input comprehensible (as opposed to the traditional notion of
exposing learners only to "comprehensible" input). The work of
A. Freadman, J. De Nooy, P. Cryle, J-F. Lyotard, P. Bourdieu and D. Hymes
in semiotics and culture studies as well as the work of A. Luke in literacy
education provide further support for the framework.
- the definition and
development of an optimal language-learning environment based on the above-mentioned
theoretical framework. This has resulted in the exploratory-interactive
model currently under development.
This environment will be of value not only to languages
currently taught but also to some of the less-commonly taught languages
(LCTLs) (e.g. Polish) which are of considerable importance to the university
and to Australia.
- ongoing research
into the learning of correct pronunciation by learners of foreign languages
(a relatively neglected but important area), specifically the system of
pronunciation errors of Australian learners of French.
- The design of computer-based
tools and materials to provide learners with individualised tuition or
with the ability to explore/interact with authentic language materials.