Staff profile - Michiko Weinmann

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Dr Michiko Weinmann

Position: Lecturer in Education (Languages Education)
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: N3.28, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46979 +61 3 924 46979



My career in education spans over 15 years. A former languages teacher, I have taught Languages to students from diverse backgrounds both in Australia and overseas. My teaching experience includes a range of different contexts, such as secondary and adult education, bilingual immersion and community languages schools.

I lecture in Languages and EAL pedagogy, and in multilingualism and multilingual education in global contexts. I am Course Director of the Masters of Languages Teaching, and Co-Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning  Languages (CTaLL).

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


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


Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (MLTAV)


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria (ESAV)

Professional activities

Co-Director CTaLL (Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages)

LinkedIn profile


Teaching Interests

  • Languages and EAL education in global contexts
  • Languages and EAL pedagogy
  • Multilingualism and multilingual education
  • Intercultural language teaching and learning

Subjects and units currently teaching

ETL709 Multilingualism and multilingual education in global contexts

ETL710 Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms

ESJ457 Studies in Curriculum LOTE A

ESJ458 Studies in Curriculum LOTE B

ESJ459 Studies in Curriculum TESOL A

ESJ460 Studies in Curriculum TESOL B

Student supervision

PhD research currently supervised:

  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogies for Multicultural Classrooms.
  • National Identity in the 2013 Curriculum and its Implication for English Language Teaching in Indonesia.
  • Pedagogic Encounters with India: The potential of the overseas practicum in developing India Literacy.
  • Representations of Asia in the VCE History Curriculum Policy Process.
  • Exploring Implementation of a Dialogical Inquiry into a Korean English classroom.
  • Supporting Spiritual Wellbeing in Education.

Masters research currently supervised:

  • Students’ perceptions of the value of different types of written corrective feedback.
  • Intercultural language teaching in the Japanese classroom: Teaching culture beyond the surface level.
  • Exploring 'Professional Foreigners’ perceptions on Japanese schooling and its impact on their children’s identity.

Conferences and seminars

Weinmann, M. (2014). Re-theorising the concept of ‘Asia community’ in Featured Symposium: The Asia literacy teaching workforce in Australia: a report of a national study. APERA, Hong Kong Institute of Education, 19-21 November 2014.

Arber, R., Nguyen, N. & Weinmann, M. (2015). Language awareness and content-based teaching across the curriculum. Paper accepted for the 2015 Language, Education and Diversity (LED) conference, University of Auckland, 23-26 November 2015.

Related Links

Follow me on Social Media:

Twitter: @michikoweinmann, @operationbelle

Twitter hashtag: #operationbelle

Facebook: Operation Belle


Research interests

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

Research methodologies:

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

Current 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.

Current research crowdfunding project Operation Belle ( 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.

Research grants

Evaluation of the languages start-up grants, Dr Naoko Araki-Metcalfe, Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow, Dr Michiko Weinmann (2013).

Asia Literacy Project, Prof Christine Halse, Dr Anne Cloonan, A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, A/Prof Dianne Toe, Ms Julie Dyer, Dr Michiko Weinmann (2012-2013).

Research page



Book chapters:

Weinmann, M. (2015).  ‘Asia engagement beyond binaries and boundaries: Towards a re-theorisation of Asia, community and curriculum’. In C. Halse (Ed.), Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century (pp. 182–197). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Refereed journal articles:

Liyanage, I., Walker, T., & Weinmann, M. (In Press). 'English as an Additional Language Teachers, Policy Enactments & Intercultural Understanding'. TESOL in Context.


Arber, R., & Weinmann, M. (2014). ‘Language, identity and community: Supporting and encouraging languages education in Victorian schools’, Languages Victoria, 18(2), 36–39.

Halse, C., Cloonan, A., Dyer, J., Kostogriz, A., Toe, D. and Weinmann, M. (2013) Asia literacy and the Australian teaching workforce, Education Services Australia (SCSEEC), Melbourne, Vic..

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