Dr Rod Neilsen



Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


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

Research interests

Cultural factors affecting language acquisition, globalisation of teaching, language teacher education


Language Awareness Association
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia

Teaching interests

ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching


Neilsen, R.P. (2012) Negotiating first and second language Grammar in the new English Curriculum: what do teachers really need to know? TESOL Colloquim, University of Sysney Neilsen, R.P. (2012). Code switching and Identity within a bilingual family: a linguistic narrative. 11th International Language Awareness Conference, Montreal, Canada. Neilsen, R.P. (2011).Action research for Malaysian pre-service TESOL teachers in a cross-cultural environment. Teaching English Language in Asia, Penang, Nov 2011 Neilsen, R.P. (2011).Migration, Identity and the loss of English as a second language among elderly migrants in Brisbane. 5th Global Conference on Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford, England. 2011 Neilsen, R.P. (2010). Moments of disruption and the development of expatriate TESOL. ACTA conference, Gold Coast, August 2010 Neilsen, R.P. (2010).Teaching Across Disciplines. Applied Linguistics Australia conference, University of Queensland, August 2010 Van Bergen, P., Bahr, N., Wright, T., Allender, T., Freebody, P., Barton, G., & Neilsen, R. (2009, April). The Awareness and Explication of Disciplinarity across Four Senior-Secondary Subject Areas. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association annual conference, San Diego. Neilsen, R., Freebody, P., Bahr, N., Wright, T., Barton, G., Van Bergen, P., et al. (2008, November). Knowledge Communication and Disciplinarity in Senior Schooling: An Exploration. Poster presented at the 3rd Practice-based and Practitioner Research Conference, Bergen, Norway. Neilsen, R.P. (2007).The Expatriate TESOL teacher: recommendations for training. Applied Linguistics Association Australia conference Wollongong July 2007. Neilsen, R.P. (2003).Global Nomads: expatriate English language teachers in the new global culture. TESOL Arabia conference, Dubai 2003. Neilsen, R.P. (2001).Global Nomads: reviewing the literature on expatriate English language teachers. English Australia conference. Fremantle 2001.


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


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Laura Gurney

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education