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Sue Edwards

Principal Academic Staff Member

Programme Coordinator and Tutor

Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

I have worked in the field of English language teaching and teacher-training for almost thirty years. Over that time I have worked with learners at all levels of English language learning and with learners of all ages. I have worked as both a teacher/tutor and a programme coordinator, giving me sound teaching, administrative and research experience.

Areas of specialisation

  • English language teacher training
  • Professional development for mainstream and English language teachers at primary, secondary and tertiary levels
  • Assessment of English language learners

Qualifications

M.A. (Applied) (Hons) (University of Waikato) (1994)

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (TESOL) (Sth. Australian College of Advanced Ed.) (1988)

Cert. TEFLA (UCLES, Cambridge/University of Waikato) (1993)

Bachelor of Education (University of Waikato) (1976)

IELTS Examiner Certification (University of Waikato) (2013)

Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (CTT) (Waikato Institute of Technology) (1997)

Te Ara Reo Maori (Maori Language), Level 2 (Te Wananga o Aotearoa) (2007)

Dip. Tchg., N.Z. Dept. of Education (Teacher Registration) (1978) 

Employment History

  • 2008-2016: Programme Coordinator and Senior Academic Staff, Member/TESOL Tutor, School of Education, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Hamilton, N.Z.
  • 2004-2007 Senior Academic Staff Member/TESOL Tutor, School of Education, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Hamilton, N.Z.
  • 2003-2004 Academic Staff Member/TESOL Tutor, Department of Education, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Hamilton, N.Z.
  • 1999-2002 Communication Skills Tutor, Northland Polytechnic, Whangarei, N.Z.
  • 1998 English and ESOL teacher, Pompallier College, Whangarei, N.Z.
  • 1997 ESOL Tutor, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, N.Z.
  • 1994-1997 ESoL Tutor, The Waikato Polytechnic, Hamilton, N.Z.
  • 1994 Writing Tutor, University of Waikato, Hamilton, N.Z.
  • 1985-1990 English (ESL) Tutor, Goroka Teachers' College, Papua New Guinea
  • 1979-1984 English (ESL) Teacher, Aiyura National High School, Papua New Guinea
  • 1978 Primary School Teacher, Taupo and Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1977 Volunteer teacher, Malaita, Solomon Islands

Professional Affiliations

  • Ministry of Education - Accredited provider of Professional Learning and Development (PLD) 
  • TESOLANZ (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • ALANZ (Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand)
  • ALTAANZ (Association for Language Teaching and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand) 

Research & Scholarly Activity

Publications:

Edwards, S. (2016). Grammatical terminology in resources for supporting English language learners: What do New Zealand mainstream primary teachers need to know? TESOLANZ Journal, (24), 13-25.

Edwards, S. (2014). Supporting English language learners: New Zealand secondary mainstream teachers’ knowledge and use of recommended teaching resources and strategies. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 49 (1), 43-58. 

Edwards, S. & Easto, A. (2013). Meeting the needs of English language learners: How well prepared do beginning New Zealand primary school teachers feel? CLESOL 2012: Proceedings of the 13th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL.

Edwards, S. (2012). What do New Zealand secondary mainstream teachers know about their English language learners? New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work 9 (2), 107-118.

Edwards, S. (2009). Experiences and perceptions of nonnative-speaker teacher trainees on a TESOL programme in New Zealand. Conference Proceedings: 2nd Language, Education and Diversity conference.

Edwards, S. (2009). Developing an identity as a teacher: Perceptions of Nonnative Speaker Teacher Trainees on a TESOL Programme. Conference Proceedings:  11th Community Languages and ESOL Conference.


Conferences:

Edwards, S. (2016). Issues for New Zealand primary mainstream teachers assessing English language learners. Paper presented at the 3rd ALTAAANZ Conference, 17-19 November, 2016, Auckland, N.Z.  

Edwards, S. (2016). Assessing young ELLs: Gaps between the literature, policy, and practice. Paper presented at the 15th Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages Conference. 15-17 July, Hamilton, N.Z.

Edwards, S. (2015). Assessment of ELLs in New Zealand primary schools: Purposes, principles, and practices. Paper presented at the Language, Education and Diversity (LED) Conference, 23-26 November, 2015. Auckland, N.Z.

Edwards, S. (2014). What do teachers need to know about grammar? Paper presented at the 14th Community Languages and ESOL Conference, 10-13 July, Wellington, N.Z.

Edwards, S. (2013). Documenting the presence of English in the Expanding Circle: Linguistic landscapes of Santiago, Chile. Paper presented at the ALANZ Conference, 27-29 November, Wellington, NZ.

Edwards, S. & Easto, A. (2012). How well prepared do beginning primary teachers feel to meet the needs of their English language learners? Paper presented at the 13th Community Languages and ESOL Conference, 4-7 October, Palmerston North.

Edwards, S. (2012). Knowing the learner: What do mainstream teachers know about their English language learners, and why does it matter? Paper presented at the 13th Community Languages and ESOL Conference, 4-7 October, Palmerston North.

Edwards, S. & Haultain, A. (2010). Secondary mainstream teachers’ awareness of their contribution to successful English language learning. Paper presented at the 12th Community Languages and ESOL Conference, 1-4 October, 2010, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Edwards, S. (2008) Developing an identity as a teacher: Perceptions of Nonnative Speaker Teacher Trainees on a TESOL Programme. Paper presented at the 11th Community Languages and ESOL (CLESOL) conference, Auckland, 2-5 October, 2008.

Edwards, S. (2006): Giving feedback on teacher performance: Challenges and successes. Paper presented at the 10th Community Languages and ESOL (CLESOL) Conference, Napier.

Edwards, S, Feenstra, C. & Musgrave, J. (2004). New TESOL graduates' employment experiences and views of teacher education. Poster presentation at the 9th Community Languages and ESOL (CLESOL) conference, Christchurch.

Edwards, S. (1996).  Whadya gunna do? A listening comprehension problem for teachers and learners of English as a second language. Paper presented at the 4th Community Languages and ESOL Conference, Hamilton.