B Arts (Hons) (London School of Economics and Political Science), PGCE (London Institute of Education), RSA Prep Cert TEFL (International House, London), RSA Dip TESOL (City of Westminster College), M Education (TESOL) (University of Manchester), Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)
Kerry Taylor-Leech is a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics and the teaching of second languages. She convenes courses and supervises students in these fields of study in Griffith’s postgraduate programs. Her research is sociolinguistic, ethnographic and interdisciplinary in nature and explores language policy and planning, identity, education and literacy practices in multilingual settings. She has strong interests in all aspects of language and identity, especially in immigrant and postcolonial contexts. She is a co-editor of the international journal Current Issues in Language Planning.
Recent work includes a co-edited volume (with Donna Starks, La Trobe University) Doing research within communities: Stories and lessons from language and education fieldwork (Routledge 2016), the analysis of social semiotics in public signs in Dili, East Timor, an exploration of new-Australian families’ multilingual literacy practices and a study of pre-service modern language teachers’ emerging professional identities in the light of changing language-in-education policy in Queensland. She is currently doing collaborative research on Australian adolescent perceptions of accent, migration and place identity.
Fields of expertise
- Applied Linguistics and language education
- Bilingualism and bilingual education
- Language policy and planning
- Linguistic landscapes
- Multilingualism in schools and society
Current teaching areas
- Sociolinguistics for second language teachers
- Learning and teaching in bi/multilingual settings
- Linguistics for second language teachers