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Aprof Alex Kostogriz

Position: Associate Professor in TESOL
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Education
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446442 +61 3 92446442



Alex's career in education spans 20 years, and he has taught English for students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds both in Australia and overseas. He has been involved in graduate pre-service programs and in Masters level courses in TESOL and LOTE.

Alex is Associate Professor of TESOL. He is a discipline coordinator of the TESOL/LOTE area. Academic staff in this disciplinary area teach a number of postgraduate courses in TESOL and LOTE. Students in these courses are prospective teachers and experienced educators who wish to upgrade their professional qualification.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2002


Australian Educational Research Association

Australian Teacher Education Association

International Society for Cultural and Activity Research

Association Internationale de Linguistique Applique (International Association of Applied Linguistics)

International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education

Professional activities


Member, Executive Committee, School of Education

Member, International Reference Group, Faculty of Arts & Education

Associate Head of School (Development and Partnerships) 2009-2012

Founding Director, Centre for Teaching Asian Languages & Cultures (2009-2012)

Acting Associate Dean (International) 2011

Convener, Professional Learning, Practice & Ethics, interdisciplinary theme


Journal co-editor, TESOL in Context

Editorial Board Member, Learning, Culture & Social Interaction and Linguistics, Culture & Education

Member, Executive Board of Australian Council of TESOL Associations

Member, Victorian Languages Forum

Member, ACARA Advisory Board, The Australian Curriculum: Languages

Activity and Sociocultural Theory SIG co-convener, AARE, since 2003

Assessor, ARC DP applications (language and literacy)



Teaching Interests

  • Language curriculum design
  • Teaching methodology
  • Literacy across the curriculum
  • Critical pedagogy

PhD theses currently supervised:

  • Situating effective inclusive teaching principles and practices in multicultural education
  • Urban schooling: An investigation of a southern professionalism in transnational spaces
  • The everyday work of English language and literacy teachers: Professional learning and ethics
  • Intercultural understanding of Australian university students learning Indonesian
  • Chinese international students everyday communication and identity negotiation in Australia
  • Personality and second language learning: A sociocultural perspective
  • The role of research in the professional learning of Indonesian student-teachers
  • The role of play in teaching English as a foreign language in early childhood settings in Indonesia
  • Literary praxis in English: A postcolonial standpoint
  • Writing and cultural identities: Chinese students' experience of academic English
  • Preparing EFL teachers: The effect of different stakeholder expectations on teacher education in Aceh
  • Enhancing the interaction of English language learners in Korea: A dialogical approach
  • Additional language literacy practices and the formation of identity
  • Folktales as a medium for teaching reading: A case study in Indonesian primary schools
  • Enhancing literacy in English as a second language through metaphor awareness raising
  • Teacher professional practice and the ethic of care: An everyday problematic

Subjects and units currently teaching

ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum


Awards and prizes

Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (ECR), 2007, Monash University


Research projects


Australian Research Council. ARC Linkage. Investigating the effectiveness of teacher education for early career teachers in diverse settings: A longitudinal study. ($293,000). Prof Diane E Mayer, Prof Brenton Doecke, Prof Richard J Bates,A/Prof Mary Dixon, A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, A/Prof Andrea C Allard, A/Prof Simone J White, Dr Bernadette M Walker-Gibbs, Dr Leonie O Rowan, Prof Claire M Wyatt-Smith

Australian Research Council. ARC Discovery. Comber, B., Cormack, P., Kostogriz, A., Doecke, B., Kerin, R. The effects of mandated literacy assessment and reporting processes on educators work.

Doecke, B., Kostogriz, A., & Parr, G. The professional ethics of English language teachers.

Department of Education Science and Training (DEST/DEEWR). Doecke, B., Kostogriz, A., Rennie, J., Auld, G., Forgasz, H. The national accelerated literacy programme.

Australian Research Council. ARC Discovery. Tsolidis, G. & Kostogriz, A. Transcultural literacies: Diaspora, identity and schooling.

PROJECT DIRECTOR and CI, national and state competitive grants:

The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. International policy and practice review. DEECD: 60,000 for 2013

National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund, Department of Education and Workplace Relations: $499,100 for 2009-2012

Asian Language Teachers Qualifications Project, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: $297,399 for 2011-2013 and $231,850 for 2012-2014

ICT-Languages Professional Learning Project, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: $77,760 for 2011

Indonesian Language Immersion Camp, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: $71,565 for 2011

Mediating Asia Literacy and Languages Learning in Victorian Schools, Telematics Trust: $29,400 for 2011-2012


Research interests

  • Sociocultural perspectives on language and literacy learning
  • Teacher education, professional learning and ethics
  • Spatial analysis of learning environments
  • Critical multiculturalism
  • Globalization and English language education

Research methodologies:

  • Ethnography (in particular, Institutional Ethnography)
  • Case studies
  • Policy studies
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)

Perspectives and approaches:

  • Sociocultural perspectives on education, including:
  • Cultural-historical psychology
  • New Literacy Studies
  • Activity Theory (AT)
  • Cultural Studies


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