Associate Professor
Margaret Kettle

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Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Teacher Education & Leadership


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Associate Professor
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Teacher Education & Leadership


Second language education in schools, Second language education in communities, International higher education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English for Specific Purposes, English for professional communication, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), Pedagogy, curriculum and culture, Second language teacher education, Sociolinguistics


Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education, Language Studies

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (University of Queensland)
  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Griffith University)

Professional memberships and associations

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle teaches and researches in the areas of second language education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice. Her areas of interest include:

  • Second language use in workplaces, higher education, schools and communities 
    • Teaching and learning English as an additional language and dialect (EAL/D)
    • School and migrant community connections
    • English for Specific, Academic and Occupational Purposes pedagogies (ESP) (EAP) (EOP)
    • Culture and its role in second language teaching and learning
    • Identity and agency in second language learning
    • Second language writing development
  • Bilingual education in schools
  • International Higher Education
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) methodology.

Associate Professor Kettle is a research program leader of the Teachers and Teaching Research Group (TTRG). Her professional memberships include:

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
  • International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
  • Languages and Cultures Network of Australian Universities (LCNAU)
  • Queensland Association of TESOL (QATESOL).


Associate Professor Kettle teaches and coordinates the TESOL specialisation in the Master of Education and Graduate Certificate in Education. She also teaches research methods in the Doctor of Education (EdD) course. Her TESOL teaching units are:

  • Theory and practice of second language teaching and learning
  • Sociolinguistics.

Associate Professor Kettle’s teaching has been recognised in a number of Faculty of Education teaching awards: 2009 Teaching Excellence: Early Career Award 2010 Team Teaching Excellence Award: Language Education Team. She also regularly presents on effective teaching and learning in school, university and community settings. For example

  • Kettle, M. (2021). English an additional language (EAL) Curriculum Planning. Darling Downs South West region Department of Education.
  • Kettle, M. (2020). Teaching second language vocabulary. Darling Downs South West region Department of Education.
  • Kettle, M. (2018). Written corrective feedback for second language uptake and learner autonomy: Teacher and student experiences of informing and improving practice. VietTESOL International Convention. Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam. October 12-13.
  • Kettle, M. (2017). Language and culture: Why they matter for teaching and learning. VietTESOL Conference, Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam. December 7-8.
  • Kettle, M. (2017). QUT Higher Education Research Network (HERN): Student Engagement: What is it actually and how can it be achieved?
  • Kettle, M. (2016). Leading low level proficiency students from reception to production in functional English. TAFE Queensland South West - Toowoomba campus (with attendance by members of community organisations such as Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Service).



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