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Professor Anne Burns

Professor in Language Education

Professor Anne Burns

I did honours undergraduate studies in English Literature at the University of Wales, Cardiff. After travelling and living overseas in France, Kenya and Mauritius and finding myself teaching English language classes, I enrolled soon after emigrating to Australia at what is now the University of Technology, Sydney, in a Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL. For ten years I taught adult immigrants in Australia’s Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) before joining the staff of the Linguistics Department at Macquarie University. I did my PhD under the supervision of Professor David Nunan and worked in the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) whose Executive Director was Professor Christopher Candlin. The Centre was funded by Australia’s Department of Immigration and became well known nationally and internationally for its focus on research, professional development, publications and specialist library resources relating to adult immigrant education. I left Macquarie University in 2010 after 20 years and joined Aston University in a half-time position as Professor in Language Education.

I am known for my work in teacher education, and action research, which I initiated as a way of doing collaborative research projects with AMEP teachers nationally in Australia. My books Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teachers (CUP, 1999) and Doing Action Research in English Language Teaching: A Guide for Practitioners (Routledge, 2010) are a result of this work. A volume co-edited with Professor Jack Richards, The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education (CUP, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Ben Warren Prize, reflects my interest in the theory and practice of language teacher professional development. Another long-term strand of research has been in teaching spoken communication from a discourse perspective, published in early co-edited work such as Focus on Speaking (NCELTR, 1996), and “I See What You Mean” (NCELTR, 1997), and culminating in a recent book with Christine Goh, Teaching Speaking: A Holistic Approach (CUP, 2012), My research interests in adult immigrant and refugee education are reflected in the 2010 Special Issue of TESOL Quarterly on Migration and Adult Language Learning (edited with Celia Roberts). I am also active in various professional organisations and have been the Chair of TESOL’s Standing Committee for Research and Secretary of the Australian Applied Linguistics Association. Currently, I’m a Member-at-Large of the AILA Executive Board, and a member of The British Council’s English Language Advisory Group (ELAG). In 2011, I was appointed by Oxford University Press as Series Advisor to their well-known  Oxford Applied Linguistics Series. 

I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the teaching and learning of English as an additional language, curriculum development and methodology, literacy, genre analysis and functional linguistics, and qualitative research. Working mainly from qualitative perspectives, I have supervised 24 students as primary supervisor to completion of their doctoral degrees.

  • BA (Honours) in English, University of Wales, Cardiff
  • Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL, University of Technology, Sydney
  • MA in Education, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • PhD in Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney 
  • Supervision of doctoral and masters students 
  • 1990 – 2000: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR), Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 1999-2003 Associate Professor, Professor, Department of Linguistics and Associate Director, NCELTR, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 2001-2003 Honorary Professor, Unitec, New Zealand
  • 2000-2005 Professor of Linguistics and Dean, Division of Linguistics and Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 2005-2010 Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney
  •  2010-2014 Professor in Language Education, Aston University
  • 2010-2015 Professor of TESOL, University of New South Wales
  • 2010-2016 Honorary Professor University of Sydney
  • Adult Immigrant and ESOL policy, theory and practice
  • Analysis of spoken discourse for education and professional purposes
  • Teaching speaking and listening
  • Language teacher and learner beliefs and cognition
  • Literacy/reading and writing research in educational settings
  • Language teacher education ESP and EAP theory and practice
  • Qualitative/action research based in language classrooms
  • Theory and practice of language curriculum development

 

If you are interested in being supervised in any of the research areas listed above, please contact me.

  • Investigating global practices in teaching English to young learners (TEYL)
    The British Council (2010) with Sue Garton and Fiona Copland, Aston University
  • Key factors and challenges in transition from primary to secondary school in ELT: An international perspective
    The British Council (2012) with Muna-Morris Adams, Sue Garton and Fiona Copland, Aston University
  • Enhancing classroom practice in modern foreign language teaching: Action research as a professional tool
    The British Academy (2012-14) with Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton, Aston University

 

 

 

 

Recent Books

  • Burns, A., & Richards, J.C. (Eds.). (2012). The Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Burns, A., & Richards, J.C. (2012). Tips for Teaching Listening: A Practical Guide. New York: Pearson Longman.
  • Goh, C.C.M., & Burns, A. (2012). Teaching Speaking: A Holistic Approach. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Barnard, R., & Burns, A. (Eds.). (2012). Researching Language Teacher Cognition and Practice: International Case Studies. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Burns, A. (2010). Doing Action Research in English Language Teaching: A Guide for Practitioners. New York: Routledge.
  • Burns, A., & Richards, J.C. (Eds.). (2009). The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Burns, A., & Burton, J. (Eds.). (2008). Language Teacher Research in Australia and New Zealand. Alexandria, VA.: TESOL.
  • Burns, A., & de Silva Joyce, H. (2008). Clearly Teaching: Explicit Pedagogy in Action. (with DVD) Sydney: AMEP Research Centre. 

Recent Articles 

  • Burns, A. (2012). Teacher research in a national program: Impact and implications. Cambridge ESOL Research Notes, 48 (1), 3-7.
  • Burns, A. & Kim, M. (2011) Community accessibility of health information and the consequent impact for translation into community languages. Translation &  Interpreting, 3 (1), 58 - 75
  • Burns, A., & Knox, J. (2011). Classrooms as complex adaptive systems: A relational model. TESL-EJ, 15 (1), 1-25.
  • Burns, A. (2010). Teacher engagement with research: Published resources for teacher researchers. Language Teaching, 43(4).
  • Burns, A. & Roberts, C. (2010). Migration and adult language learning:  Global flows and local transpositions. Special issue of TESOL Quarterly on Migration and Adult Language Learning TESOL Quarterly, 44(3).
  • Burns, A., Kim, M., & Matthiessen, C.M.I.M. (2009).  Doctoral work in translation studies as an interdisciplinary mutual learning process: How a translator, teacher educator and linguistic typologist worked together.  Special Issue. Training for Doctoral Research. The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, 3(1), 107-128.
  • Burns, A. (2009). Adult ESL in Australia: Policies, programs and practices. Language Issues, 20(1), 31-39.
  • Burns, A. & Moore, S. (2008).  Questioning in simulated accountant-client consultations: Exploring implications for ESP teaching. English for Specific Purposes, 27, 322-337.
  • Burns, A., Paltridge, B. & Wigglesworth, G. (2008).  Review of doctoral research in second-language teaching and learning in Australia (2003-2006). Language Teaching, 41(2), 273-293.
  • Burns, A., & Moore, S. (2008). NESB accountants and professional communication. Special issue. Language in the Workplace.  Prospect, 23 (2), 47-59.
  • Borg, S. & Burns, A. (2008). Integrating grammar in adult TESOL classrooms. Applied Linguistics, 29: 456-482.
  • Burns, A., & Moore, S. (2008). Communicating in professional accounting contexts – unexplored territory. Taxation in Australia, 43(6), 315-7.
  • Burns, A., & Halliday, M.A.K. (2008). Applied linguistics: Thematic pursuits of disciplinary moorings? A conversation between Michael Halliday and Anne Burns. Journal of Applied Linguistics, 3(1), 113-128.

Recent Book Chapters

  • Burns, A. (2013). English as an international language: Considerations for English language teaching. In N. Zacharias-Lim & C. Manara (Eds.), Contextualizing the pedagogy of English as an international language: Issues and tensions (pp.26-39). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.

  • Burns, A. (2013).  Qualitative teacher research.  In C. Chapelle (Ed.),  The encyclopedia of applied linguistics.  New York: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Burns, A. & Hill, D. (2013).  Teaching speaking in a second language. In B. Tomlinson (Ed.),  Applied linguistics and materials development (p. 231-248). London: Bloomsbury.
  • Burns, A. (2013). Innovation through action research and teacher-initiated change. In K. Hyland & L. Wong (Eds.), Innovation and change in English language education (pp. 90-105).  New York: Routledge.
  • Burns, A. (2013).   Adult immigrant programs in Australia – a connection with Sweden.In M. Axelsson, M. Carlson, Q. Franker & K. Sandwall (Eds), Profession, politik och passion (pp.1-20).  Göteborg: Wega Tryckeriet.
  • Contijoch, C., Burns, A. & Candlin, C.N. (2012). Feedback in the mediation of learning in online language teacher education. In E. England (Ed.),   (pp. 22-38). New York: Routledge.
  • Burns, A. (2012).  Text-based teaching. In J. C. Richards &  A. Burns (Eds.), The Cambridge guide to pedagogy and practice in  second language teaching (pp. 140-148).  New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Burns, A., & B. Seidlhofer (2010). Speaking and pronunciation. In N. Schmitt (Ed). An Introduction to Applied Linguistics (pp.197-214). Second edition. London: Hodder.
  • Burns, A. (2010). Teaching speaking using genre-based pedagogy. In Olafsson, M. (Ed.), Symposium 2009. Genrer och Funktionellt Språk i Teori och Praktik (pp. 230-246).  Stockholm: National Centre for Swedish as a Second Language, University of Stockholm.
  • Burns, A. (2010). Action research. In B. Paltridge & A. Pakhiti (Eds.), The Continuum Guide to Research in Applied Linguistics (pp.80-97). London: Continuum.
  • Burns, A. (2009). Action research in second language teacher education. In A. Burns & J. C. Richards (Eds.), The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education (pp. 289-297). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Burns, A. (2009). Action research. In Croker, R. & Heigham, J. (Eds.), Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics (pp. 112-134). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Burns, A. (2008). Demythologising CLT: Wanted – a reorientation for teachers in the 21st century. In A. Mahboob & N. Knight (Eds.), Questioning Linguistics (pp.188-206).  Newcastle-upon- Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Burns, A., & Burton, J.  (2008). Introduction: Language Teaching Research in Australia and New Zealand. In Burns, A. & Burton, J. (Eds). (2008), Language Teacher Research in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 1-8). Alexandria: TESOL. 

Recent Plenary Presentations

  • Burns, A. (2013). Paradigms, processes and procedures in action research.Plenary Speaker,Classroom-oriented research: Reconciling theory and practice, Konin, Poland 14-16 October.
  • Burns, A. (2013).  Teaching speaking in the English language classroom: What’s involved? Plenary Speaker, English  Australia Conference 2013, Perth, Australia, 25-27 September.
  • Burns, A. (2013). Investigating teacher cognition: Methodological considerations.  Plenary Speaker, 8th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, 7 September.
  • Burns, A. (2013).  Teachers’ voices and experiences in action research.  Plenary Speaker, 13th International Conference, Teachers Exploring Practice for Professional Learning, Bilkent University, Turkey, 17-18 June.
  • Burns, A. (2013). A holistic approach to teaching speaking in the language classroom. Plenary Speaker,  Vox, Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway, 24-25 April.
  • Burns, A.  (2012).  A holistic approach to teaching speaking: Implications for materials development. Keynote Speaker, MATSDA Conference, Limerick, Ireland, 8-9 June.
  • Burns, A. (2012). Applying action research in the English language classroom. Plenary Speaker, 5th International Seminar: Research in Teacher Education: What, how and why? Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Indonesia, 21-22 November.
  • Burns, A. (2012). Teaching young learners: Global practices from teacher perspectives.  Plenary Speaker, Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand Seminar, University of Waikato, 1 December.
  • Burns, A. (2012). Teaching speaking: Why we need an explicit and holistic approach. Plenary Speaker, CLESOL Retold, Unitec, Auckland,  3 December.
  • Burns, A. (2012). A holistic approach to teaching speaking in the language classroom. Plenary Speaker, Regional Conference for English Language Teachers: Raising English Language Proficiency Standards, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji,  4-5 December.
  • Burns, A.  (2011). Rethinking language teacher education: Recent developments, Current trends and future perspectives. Plenary Speaker, TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai, 10-12 March.
  • Burns, A. (2011). Trends, directions and challenges in second language teacher education and research. 28th International Conference on English Teaching and Learning. Plenary Speaker, Taichung, Taiwan, 14-15 May.
  • Burns, A. (2011). Teaching speaking: Trends and directions. Plenary Speaker, 9th Asia TEFL International Conference, Seoul, 27-29 July.
  • Burns, A. (2011).  Action research: What is it and what has it got to do with classroom practice?Plenary  Speaker, 1st  Persia TESOL Conference, Tehran, Iran, 31 October-1 November. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
  • International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
  • TESOL International 
  • 1990 – 2000: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR), Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 1999-2003 Associate Professor, Professor, Department of Linguistics and Associate Director, NCELTR, Macquarie University, Sydney 
  • 2001-2003 Honorary Professor, Unitec, New Zealand
  • 2000-2005 Professor of Linguistics and Dean, Division of Linguistics and Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 2005-2010 Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 2010-2013 Honorary Professor, Aston University and University of Sydney

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