CLERA Researcher of the Month: Anne Burns

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

anneburnsOur Researcher of the Month for January 2014 is Professor Anne Burns, Director of CLERA and Professor in Language Education

Anne supervises PhD students and teaches in the English distance and on-campus Masters programmes. When she is not at Aston, she works from her home base in Sydney. She is well-known internationally for her work in action research and language teacher education. Anne is a member of the Executive Board of the International Applied Linguistics Association (AILA) and is the Senior Academic Advisor to the Applied Linguistics Series published by Oxford University Press. She is also a member of The British Council’s English Language Advisory Group and serves on the Editorial Board of several journals, including Language Teaching and TESOL Quarterly.

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International Education Association of Australia Excellence Award for Prof Anne Burns

In collaboration with English Australia, the peak body and professional association for the Australian English language sector, and the UK-based Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL), CLERA Director Professor Anne Burns has won a prestigious International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education. The Action Research in English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Programme, which was developed by English Australia with Professor Burns offers ELICOS teachers around Australia the opportunity to learn the skills needed to investigate their own teaching practices systematically, thereby encouraging and supporting classroom-based research that will lead to higher levels of professional practice, a key strategic goal of English Australia.

With Aston colleague, Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton, Professor Burns has been developing a similar programme for modern foreign language teachers in UK secondary schools through the former Networks for Languages Programme and a British Academy Small Grant.