Dr Anna Mikhaylova, Lecturer and Russian Discipline Coordinator, School of Languages and Cultures

Anna's academic training is in language teaching and linguistics, and she completed a BA/MA equivalent in Teaching Foreign Languages from Ryazan State Pedagogical University, Russia, MA in English with concentration in Linguistics and TESOL from East Carolina University, USA, and a PhD in Linguistics from University of South Carolina. Before coming to UQ, Dr Mikhaylova taught at tertiary level since 1999 in three universities in Russia and USA, and she has supervised teaching practicums and research projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Anna has taught a range of Russian, English, Linguistics and Language Teaching courses. 

Dr Min Jung Jee, Lecturer and Korean Discipline Coordinator, School of Languages and Cultures

Dr Min Jung Jee completed a doctorate in foreign language education at the University of Texas at Austin. She taught Korean language courses at the University of Texas at Austin before she joined the Korean program at The University of Queensland. Her research interests are technology assisted language learning and teaching (esp. Web 2.0 tools), learner differences (esp. affective factors), intercultural communication (esp. telecommunication), heritage Korean language learners.


Our research project focuses on the (socio) linguistic and learning profile of background/heritage/community speakers of LOTE (for whom that language is not the dominant language and) who turn to language courses in the secondary or tertiary education system to (re)gain proficiency in the language and determine areas of differences and overlaps the development of the LOTE when foreign language learners and the background/heritage/community learners are placed in mixed classrooms. According to the 2016 census, more than a quarter (26.7%) of Australians and almost one fifth of Queenslanders (18.8%) reported that English was not the exclusive language of their household, with Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, and Tagalog being the nine most spoken languages in Queensland. Most of the 300 separately identified background/heritage/community languages spoken in Australian homes are not supported through secondary or tertiary level language courses, and only a few are taught as foreign languages. However, research shows that due to early, even if often limited, exposure to the language and culture, background/heritage/community language learners have distinct strengths and needs and require distinct types of support for the development of their minority language than traditional foreign language learners of the same language. Family history, sense of ethnic identity, affective factors, motivation, literacy experience and age of onset of bilingualism are some of the factors that may influence the linguistic and learner profile of background/heritage/community language studying in language acquisition courses at UQ and other tertiary programs. Our talk will highlight some key features of background/heritage/community language learners in and outside of Australia and implications for pedagogy, policy and applied linguistics research.

About Research Seminar Series

The School of Languages and Cultures Research Seminar Series provides an opportunity to hear from the School's researchers as well as visitors on a range of topics from the following research areas: Linguistics, Second Language Studies, Studies in Culture, and Translation and Interpreting

Research Seminars are only available for UQ students and staff. 



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