Dr Michiko Weinmann



Senior Lecturer in Education (Languages Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2010


Michiko's career in education spans over 15 years. A former Languages teacher, she taught German, Japanese and Latin in a range of different contexts, including secondary and adult education, bilingual primary immersion and community languages schools.

Michiko lectures in Languages and EAL pedagogy, multilingualism and multilingual education, and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), across the Master/GradCert of Languages Teaching, Master of Teaching, and Bachelor of Education Primary courses.

Her research explores the nexus of language, culture, body and identity, which integrates her interest in Languages education, and cultural and gender studies. The theoretical resources that form the basis of Michiko's work are drawn from post-structural and post-colonial theories, feminism and sociology of the body.

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Research interests

Research expertise

  • Languages education and Languages education policy in international contexts
  • Innovation in Languages and EAL pedagogy
  • Multilingualism and multilingual education in global contexts
  • Community languages
  • Culture, body and identity
  • Asia and 'Asia literacy' in policy and curriculum

Research methodologies

  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Visual/multimodal methodologies
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Case study

Teaching interests

  • Languages and EAL education in global contexts
  • Languages and EAL pedagogy
  • Multilingualism and multilingual education
  • Intercultural language teaching and learning
  • CLIL - Content and Language Integrated Learning

Units taught

Michiko teaches across a range of courses in the School of Education, including the Master/GradCert of Languages Teaching, Master of Teaching, Bachelor of Education Primary. She is Unit Chair for:

  • ETL709 Multilingualism and multilingual education in global contexts;
  • ETL710 Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms;
  • ETL716 - CLIL Pedagogy;
  • ECL306 Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Contexts (commencing 2019).


  • Cabezas, C., Weinmann, M. & Arber, R. (2017). Back to the Future 1987 – 2017: Looking back at the NLP, looking towards critical multilingual education. Paper presented at the Languages practices and language policies in multilingual contexts workshop, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, The University of Melbourne, 6-7 April 2017. http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/s/1182/match/wide.aspx?sid=1182&pgid=10456&gid=1&cid=15029&ecid=15029&post_id=0
  • Weinmann, M. & Arber, R. (2017). Orientating languages: Navigating multilingual spaces. Paper presented at the Bridging Language Barriers Symposium, Macquarie University, Sydney, 16 March 2017. http://www.languageonthemove.com/bridging-language-barriers-symposium-abstracts/
  • Carr, N. & Weinmann, M. (2016). Japanese EFL Learners’ Experiences with Written Corrective Feedback. Paper presented at IAFOR, The Asian Conference on Education 2016, Kobe, 20-23 October 2016. http://iafor.org/issn-2186-5892-the-asian-conference-on-education-2016-official-conference-proceedings/
  • Weinmann, M., Arber, R. & Neilsen, R. (2016). Navigating the languages education policy landscape: An exploration of teacher practice. Poster presented at the Association for Language Awareness Conference, Wirtschaftsuniversitat Vienna, July 19-22, 2016.
  • Neilsen, R., Arber, R. & Weinmann, M. (2015). Religious Dimensions of Asia Literacy. Paper presented at AARE Notre Dame University Fremantle WA, Nov 29 - Dec 1st, 2015.
  • Arber, R., Nguyen, N. & Weinmann, M. (2015). Language awareness and content-based teaching across the curriculum. Paper presented at Language, Education and Diversity (LED) conference, University of Auckland, 23-26 November 2015. https://led.education.auckland.ac.nz/conference-programme/
  • Weinmann, M. (2014). Re-theorising the concept of ‘Asia community’. Paper presented in Featured Symposium: The Asia literacy teaching workforce in Australia: a report of a national study, at APERA, Hong Kong Institute of Education, 19-21 November 2014. https://www.ied.edu.hk/apera2014/

Invited presentations:

  • Weinmann M. & Arber, R. (2016). Re-imagining Asian Religious Identity. Paper presented at Forum group: Language, intercultural competence and Asia ‘at home’, 14 October 2016, Monash University.
  • Weinmann, M. (2016). Languages education in global contexts: Reconceptualising the ‚Asia literacy‘ debate in Australia. Guest lecture presented at Karlsruhe University of Education, 24 June 2016, https://www.ph-karlsruhe.de/de/aktuelles/detailansicht/article/24-juni-2016-languages-education-in-global-contexts-reconceptualising-the-asia-literacy/.

Professional activities

Co-Coordinator Deakin University Languages teaching methodology courses for Community Language Teachers

Co-Editor TESOL in Context


  • DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service Award for Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists 2016 (Karlsruhe University of Education, University of Regensburg, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich).
  • RUIS (RMIT University International Student) scholarship for PhD research (2007).
  • DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship for academic exchange year at the University of Stirling 1999/2000.


Current research projects:

(i) Ruth Arber, Michiko Weinmann, Rod Neilsen, Hossein Shokouhi (Deakin University) (2016-current). Multilingual identities: EAL/D families’ experiences of Australian English language education.

(ii) Crowdfunding project Operation Belle (pozi.be/operationbelle) via Pozible - Deakin Research my World:
We live in a surgical society. Operation Belle seeks to interview young women in Australia about their perceptions of cosmetic surgery. A group of 10–12 participants will be interviewed in 2016 to discover their views. These interviews will also be collated as a series of educational videos, complemented by a resource booklet with additional materials and activities. These resources will be made available to schools across Victoria and Australia, to explore cosmetic surgery more deeply and to contribute to a more complex understanding.

Completed research projects:

(i) Rod Neilsen, Alex Kostogriz, Ruth Arber, Michiko Weinmann (Deakin University), & Nishta Rosunee (Monash University) (2013-2015). How Melbourne teachers practice Asia literacy: Religious dimensions;

(ii) Michiko Weinmann, Ruth Arber, Alistair Welsh (Deakin University), Alex Kostogriz (ACU), & Stefan Romaniw (Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria (ESAV)/Community Languages Australia (CLA)) (2015). Language, culture and identity: Exploring the diasporic spaces of community language schools in Victoria;

(iii) Indika Liyanage, Ruth Arber, Rod Neilsen, Michiko Weinmann (Deakin University) (2015). Navigating the languages policy landscape: An exploration of teacher practice.

(iv) Athena Vongalis-Macrow, Naoko Araki-Metcalfe, Michiko Weinmann (Deakin University) (2013). Evaluation of the Languages Start-up Grants.

(v) Christine Halse, Anne Cloonan, Alex Kostogriz, Dianne Toe, Julie Dyer, Michiko Weinmann (Deakin University) (2012-2013). Asia Literacy Project.


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Re-imagining Asian religious identity: towards a critical pedagogy of religion and race in Australian schools

R Neilsen, R Arber, M Weinmann

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-15, Education sciences, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Orientating multilingualism: navigating languages teacher identities

M Weinmann, R Arber

(2017), Vol. 37, pp. 173-179, Curriculum perspectives, Berlin, Germany, C1


English as an additional language teachers, policy enactments and intercultural understanding

I Liyanage, A Walker, M Weinmann

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 4-19, TESOL in context, Australia, C1


Indigenous languages education in Victoria: innovations, opportunities and challenges for non-indigenous languages teacher educators

M Weinmann

(2016), pp. 203-211, Multidisciplinary research perspectives in education shared experiences from Australia and China, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1


Asia engagement beyond binaries and boundaries: towards a re-theorisation of Asia, community and curriculum

M Weinmann

(2015), pp. 182-196, Asia literate schooling in the Asian century, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluation of the languages start-up Grants

Dr Naoko Araki-Metcalfe, Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow, Dr Michiko Weinmann

  • 2013: $13,636

Adult literacy innovation program

Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Rod Neilsen

  • 2018: $12,426

Upskilling EAL Pedagogy in the Northern Territory

Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Rod Neilsen, Dr Michiko Weinmann

  • 2018: $272,526

Language Teaching Professional Development: Practice-Based Research

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Rod Neilsen

  • 2018: $99,519

Industry and Other Funding

Asia Literacy Project

Prof Christine Halse, A/Prof Anne Cloonan, A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, A/Prof Dianne Toe, Ms Julie Dyer, Dr Michiko Weinmann

  • 2013: $107,750
  • 2012: $107,750

Operation Belle - Pozible

Dr Michiko Weinmann

  • 2016: $5,269


Executive Supervisor

Rebecca Cairns

Thesis entitled: The Representation of Asia in Victorian Senior Secondary History Curriculum

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Margaret Perger

Thesis entitled: Settling Teachers in Multicultural Classrooms: A Critical Response to Inequality

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Suyoun Lee

Thesis entitled: Exploring Implementation of Dialogical Inquiry into a Korean English Classroom

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education