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Dr Rod Neilsen



Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL)


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 2007
Master of Education, University of South Australia, 1997
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of London, 1985
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University College Cardiff, 1978

+61 3 924 45437


I have taught English as a second/foreign language and trained language teachers in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Brunei. My doctoral thesis explored the mobility of TESOL teachers within currents of globalisation. I am currently senior lecturer and discipline leader in the TESOL/Languages team at Deakin University, Melbourne. I have also coordinated mobility programs for pre-service teachers in China, Malaysia, and Chile, and have researched interculturality in these contexts. I am particularly interested in the links between cross-cultural awareness and effective language teaching and learning. I am currently researching in the areas of bilingual reading development, multilingual approaches to language learning, and pre-service teacher mobility. I am the Chief Editor of the Australian journal, TESOL in Context.

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Research interests

  • Cultural factors affecting language acquisition
  • Globalisation of teaching
  • Language teacher education
  • Multilingual development
  • Teacher mobility


Association for Language Awareness 

Applied Linguistics Association of Australia

International Association for Language and Intercultural Communication


Teaching interests

 Linguistics for Language Teaching, language Teaching and Assessment, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition

Knowledge areas

Language Teacher Development, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Grammar, Sociocultural aspects of Language Teaching, Language testing


  • Neilsen, R.P. & Weinmann, M.(2018). Cultural (mis)understandings? The role of local buddies as mediators in a global teaching practicum. Association of Language Awareness Conference 14, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Neilsen, R.P. Weinmann, M., & Arber, R. (2018). Navigating the Languages education policy landscape: traversing the gap between contention and practice. Sociolinguistics 22, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Neilsen, R.P. (2017). Demystifying language, demystifying culture: negotiating the third space in teacher education. IALIC (International Association for Language and Intercultural Communication), Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Neilsen, R.P. (2017) Developments on language awareness in teacher education. Educational Role of Language II. Gda??sk, Poland.
  • Neilsen, R.P. (2016). Speaking to Diversity: language awareness in the Australian curriculum. Association of Language Awareness Conference 13, Vienna, Austria.
  • Neilsen, R.P. (2016) Sonic Traces in Tasmania: The reconstruction of palawa kani, an indigenous language. ISIC 2016, Okinawa, Japan.
  • Neilsen, R.P., Weinmann, M., & Arber, R. (2015). The religious dimensions of Asia Literacy. AARE conference, Perth, W.A.
  • Neilsen, R.P., (2015). How do we educate new teachers for Knowledge about Language? CAES International Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Neilsen, R.P., (2015). The development of Knowledge about Language in Teacher Training: What works? GlobELT international conference, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Neilsen, R.P. (2014). Demystifying ‘Grammar’: Rethinking language awareness for teacher training. Association of Language Awareness Conference 12, Hamar, Norway.

Professional activities

  • Panel Member for course accreditation, MTESOL (2018): Monash University.
  • Member of Advisory board for course accreditation (2014): Holmesglen TAFE language centre.
  • Consultant for evaluation of Victorian Certificate of Education (2015) EAL bridging course and EAL study design.


Teaching & Learning Award for Teaching Excellence, Queensland University of Technology, Nov 2010


• 2018: Evaluation of EAL/D Languages Teaching Professional Development (Chief Investigator; Department of Education Northern Territory; $200,000).
• 2018: Evaluation of Languages Teaching Professional Development (Co-investigator; Department of Education Queensland; $58,795)
• 2018: Adult Literacy program: An evidence-based, multilingual approach to family literacy (State Library Victoria/Whitehorse-Manningham Libraries; $13,669).
• 2017.The role of local buddies as intercultural mediators for pre-service teachers in a global practicum. (Faculty Small Research Grant: $2,998).
• 2016. Multilingual identities: EAL/D families’ experiences of Australian English language education (REDI Research Development Grant: $9000).
• 2015. Demystifying Grammar: rethinking language awareness for teacher training. (Chief Investigator; Office for Learning and Teaching : $50,000.

• 2013. Religious Dimensions of Asia Literacy. Rod Neilsen (Chief Investigator), Michiko Weinmann and Ruth Arber $9,000.'Asia Literacy in Melbourne Schools: Religious Dimensions' (2013)


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Civic multiculturalism and the "broken" discourses of Chinese language education

Michiko Weinmann, Sophia Slavich, Rod Neilsen

(2021), pp. 57-75, Multiculturalism in turbulent times, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Interrogating the 'normal'. (Noticing) discourses of legitimacy, identity and difference in Languages education

Michiko Weinmann, Ruth Arber, Roderick Neilsen

(2020), pp. 84-84, Rethinking languages education: directions, challenges and innovations, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Demystifying 'Grammar': Towards a more language-aware teaching workforce

Roderick Neilsen

(2020), pp. 205-223, Rethinking Languages Education, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Repositioning teacher identities: beyond binaries of Self and Other

R Neilsen, M Weinmann

(2020), Vol. 47, pp. 759-775, Australian Educational Researcher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Juggling selves: navigating pre-service teaching experiences in overseas contexts

Michiko Weinmann, Rod Neilsen, Isabel Martin

(2019), pp. 133-154, Transnational German education and comparative education systems : research and practice, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

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

journal article

Editorial: Australian TESOL contexts; a state of flux

R Neilsen, M Weinmann, R Arber

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 2-6, TESOL in context, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Putting grammar in its place: Interactions and identity in a master of TESOL course

R Neilsen

(2016), pp. 45-52, Multidisciplinary Research Perspectives in Education: Shared Experiences from Australia and China, B1

book chapter

Global nomads: TESOL teachers in the shifting world

R Neilsen

(2014), pp. 79-93, Mobile teachers, teacher identity and international schooling, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

What can we take home? Action Research for Malaysian pre-service TESOL teachers in Australia

R Neilsen

(2014), Vol. 24, pp. 13-29, Tesol in Context, Australia, C1

journal article

Moments of disruption and the development of expatriate TESOL teachers

R Neilsen

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 18-32, EA journal, Pyrmont, N.S.W, C1-1

journal article

Travellers' tales : the expatriate english language teacher in the new global culture

R Neilsen

(2009), Cambridge, England, A1-1


Traveller's tales : ELT teachers in a globalising world

R Neilsen, C Gitsaki, E Honan

(2007), pp. 1-14, Language and languages : global and local tensions, Cambridge, England, B1-1

book chapter

The role of the teacher

R Neilsen

(2004), pp. 157-170, Teaching English language in Australia : theoretical perspectives and practical issues, Canberra, A.C.T., B1-1

book chapter

What is language and how is it learnt?

R Neilsen

(2004), pp. 3-17, Teaching English language in Australia : theoretical perspectives and practical issues, Canberra, A.C.T., B1-1

book chapter

Editorial: Teaching and learning English in the age of COVID-19: Reflecting on the state of TESOL in a changed world

Rod Neilsen, Michiko Weinmann, Ruth Arber

(), Vol. 29, pp. 1-13, TESOL in Context, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Demystifying Gramma: Rethinking language awareness for teach training

Dr Rod Neilsen

OLT Seed Projects - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2013: $50,000

Other Public Sector Funding

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

Upskilling the Languages teaching profession in Queensland.

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Rod Neilsen

  • 2020: $93,249

Building capacity in the languages teaching profession in Australia: Teacher perspectives.

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Rod Neilsen, Dr Ruth Arber

  • 2021: $84,155

Industry and Other Funding

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Pedagogy in South Australia.

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Rod Neilsen, Dr Ruth Arber

  • 2019: $20,400

EAL Action Research for primary teachers

Dr Rod Neilsen, Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Ruth Arber

  • 2020: $890
  • 2019: $9,602


Principal Supervisor

Yetti Zainil

Thesis entitled: Stimulated Recall: Unpacking Pedagogical Practice of Code-switching in Indonesia

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Syarifah Dahliana

Thesis entitled: Personality and English as a Foreign Language Learning in Aceh: A Sociocultural Approach

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Executive Supervisor

Elham Mohammadi

Thesis entitled: Identity and expression of selves in Iranian English-as-a-Foreign-Language classrooms

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Yingmei Luo

Thesis entitled: Experiences of Chinese Learners of English in Sino-Australian Programs at Tertiary Level in China

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Ali Safi Hashem Al Yassiry

Thesis entitled: The cultural and educational impacts of study abroad in the context of TESOL programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Zelinda Sherlock Dutta

Thesis entitled: Dynamics of Identity: Japanese Language Learners and Discourses of Nihonjinron

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Nicholas Henry Carr

Thesis entitled: Collaboratively Processing Written Corrected Feedback through Co-Constructed Texts

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Kerri Anne Garrard

Thesis entitled: Interculturality and Secondary History Education: A study of contemporary history pedagogy.

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Desvalini Anwar

Thesis entitled: "Finding Myself in Someone Else's Land" Stories by Teachers of Literatures in English in Padang: A Postcolonial Framework

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

David Ian Kasakeijan-Ross

Thesis entitled: Towards a blended ecological pedagogy for advanced EAL academic writing

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor

Alireza Fard Kashani

Thesis entitled: Language, culture, and identity: An intergenerational study of Iranian migrants' acculturation experiences in Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education


Laura Gurney

Thesis entitled: EAP teachers' conceptions of and interactions with professional development: A phenomenographic investigation

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education