Toni Dobinson is the Coordinator of the Post Graduate Programs in Applied Linguistics including the MA Applied Linguistics, the MTESOL and the Graduate Certificate in TESOL. She has many years of experience in language teaching overseas, particularly in the Middle East, and has taught on the MA program at Bentley campus for over 20 years including offshore in Ho Ci Min City, Vietnam. She also teaches in the Language and Diversity unit of the BEd Early Childhood/Primary and supervises Higher Degree by Research students. She has published in the areas of language education, classroom research, academic literacy and linguistic racism and was the former co-editor of both the TESOL in Context Journal and the English Australia Journal. The title of her PHD was Investigating the teaching and learning experiences of Asian postgraduate students and their lecturers in Australia and Vietnam.
PhD; MA (Applied Linguistics); B.A. (English and History); RSA Dip. TEFL; RSA Cert. TEFLA
The British Council, Cairo, Egypt. International House, London, UK. Capital Institute, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
Global Englishes in students’ writing/translanguaging and academic literacy
Catering for English as an additional language/dialect students (EAL/D) in mainstream subject classes
Language/literacy teacher education
Second language classroom research
EALD/Literacy Action Research Project with Queens Park Primary School-a joint project funded by the School of Education between EAL/D experts and Early years/Primary experts and the teachers at Queen’s Park Primary School looking into issues with teaching EAL/D children in the mainstream subjects and building sustainable development in this area.
Academic Writing for Researchers and Leaders in Education- a joint Curtin project funded by the School of Education aiming to develop the academic writing skills of undergraduate students by creating a sense of belonging through a mentoring program focused on collaborating with academics on research projects.
Investigating the visibility of diverse languages and cultures on Curtin campuses - a project funded by the School of Education aimed at expanding students’ and academic staff’s appreciation of the way that people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds interact on Bentley and Mauritius campuses especially in instructional contexts. In particular it aims to 1) explore aspects of the micro-ecology of language found at Curtin University campuses in an attempt to investigate the extent to which linguistic diversity is overtly encouraged, promoted and valued 2) examine the extent to which academics at Curtin campuses are informed about the cultural norms and languages of the international students who they teach, how important they feel it is to know about these and the level of integration of this knowledge into their teaching.
- 2019 Curtin Nominee for the Australian Awards in University Teaching (AAUT)
- 2018 Curtin Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching in the category of Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education) (Individual Teacher category)
- 2017 Faculty of Humanities Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (Individual Teacher category)
- School Curriculum and Standards Authority
- WATESOL Association
- Dobinson, T., and P. Mercieca. 2020. "Seeing things as they are, not just as we are: investigating linguistic racism on an Australian university campus." International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
- Chen, C. C. J., T. Dobinson, and S. KENT. 2020. "Students' perspectives on the impact of Blackboard Collaborate on Open University Australia (OUA) online learning." Journal of Educators Online 17 (1)
- Chen, C. C. J., T. Dobinson, and S. KENT. 2019. "Lecturers’ perceptions and experiences of Blackboard Collaborate as a distance learning and teaching tool via Open Universities Australia (OUA)." Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning
- Dobinson, T. J., and B. Nguyen. 2018. "Teaching Young EAL/D Learners in Mainstream Contexts." In Teaching Young Second Language Learners Practices in Different Classroom Contexts Oliver, R., and B. Nguyen., 49-68 London: Routledge.
- Gong, Q., and T. Dobinson.. "Breaking with old ideas: Chinese students’ perceptions of China’s ‘neoliberal turn’ in higher education." Discourse xx (xx). Inpress.
- Dobinson, T. J., and T. Bogachenko. 2018. "Issues arising from the use of university ilectures: A case study of one Australian campus." Australian Journal Of Teacher Education 43 (2): 100-115.
- Dobinson, T., and K. Dunworth. 2018. "Literacy Unbound: Multiliterate, Multilingual, Multimodal.": Springer.
- Dobinson, T. 2018. "Introduction." In Literacy unbound: Multiliterate, multilingual, multimodal
- Gong, Q. N., and T. J. Dobinson. 1499899838520. "Breaking with old ideas: Chinese students’ perceptions of China’s neoliberal turn in higher education." Discourse-Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education - (-): 1-12.
- Dobinson, T., and S. Buchori. 2016. "Catering for EAL/D students' language needs in mainstream classes: Early childhood teachers' perspectives and practices in one Australian setting." Australian Journal of Teacher Education 41 (2): 32-52.
- Buchori, S., and T. Dobinson. 2015. "Diversity in teaching and learning: Practitioners' perspectives in a multicultural early childhood setting in Australia." Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 40 (1): 71-79.
- Dobinson, T. J. 2015. "Teaching and Learning through the Eyes of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Postgraduates and their Lecturers in Australia and Vietnam: Implications for the Internationalisation of Education in Australian Universities." Education Research and Perspectives 42: 363-396.
- Dobinson, T. 2014. "Occupying the 'third space': perspectives and experiences of Asian English language teachers." In Critical perspectives on language education, 9-28 UK: Springer.
- Dobinson, T. 2013. "Vietnamese English Language Teachers' Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in the Asia-Pacific Region." University of Danang Journal of Science and Technology 2 (63): 103-111.
- Dobinson, T. 2012. "Out of Asia: learning re-examined, teacher education re-configured." Asia Pacific Journal of Education 32 (2): 167-179.
- Buchori, S., and T. Dobinson. 2012. "Cultural diversity in the early childhood classroom in Australia: Educators' perspectives and practices." The International Journal of Education for Diversities 1: 41-56.
- Dobinson, T., and P. Mercieca. 2012. "Offshore processes in language teacher education: Standards and challenges." In Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. Annual Conference 2012, Nov 12, 2012, Curtin University, Perth: Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.
- Dobinson, T., and C. Dunworth. 2009. "Going it alone: issues of transparency and accountability in the use of an in-house university test of English." English Australia Journal 25 (2): 41-48.
- Dobinson, T., and P. Mercieca. 2008. "Learners, Lessons and Vocabulary: Factors Affecting Recall and Retention (Australia)." In Language Teacher Research in Australia and New Zealand, 61-83 Virginia USA: TESOL inc.
- Dobinson, T. 2001. "Do learners learn from classroom interaction and does the teacher have a role to play?." Language Teaching Research 5 (3): 189-211.
- Dobinson, T. 1999. "Why do learners recall certain vocabulary items from lessons? A study investigating the recollections of a group of Asian learners." ELICOS Association Journal 17 (1): 34-51.