Position

Lecturer
School of Nursing & Midwifery

Qualifications

BA (Soc Sci), BA (Hons, English), Grad Cert TESOL, PhD (English), Grad Cert Education (Higher Ed), Certificate III Dog Behaviour and Training (National Dog Trainers Federation).

Honours, awards and grants

2015 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

2014 Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award

2012 HESTA 'Innovation in Nursing' category finalist

2004 FUSA Service to International Students

Key responsibilities

My role is to currently support the language needs of over 500 international nursing students in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. I deliver face-to-face classes and provide online support. I also research English for Specific Purposes (Nursing English and Academic English) and the use of computer games to teach language.

Teaching interests

Communication, English language, Linguistics, Educational Gaming, e-Learning

Research expertise

  • Cognitive psychology and educational practice
  • Language studies
  • Linguistics

Research interests

Communication and learning. Areas of particular interest include body language and nonverbal communication, first-language interference in SLA, and e-learning (including educational gaming).

Supervisory interests

  • Animal-human relations
  • Applied linguistics
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Communicative competence
  • Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Computers in second language learning
  • Digital game design
  • English as a second/foreign language
  • Games in education
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Teaching and learning a second language

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Community of Inquiry; Education (1) ; Curriculum Development; Psychomotor Skills (1) ;

Publications

  • Muller, A. (2013). Improving the identification of medication names by increasing phonological awareness via a language-teaching computer game (Medicina) In S Arnab, I Dunwell & K Debattista, ed. Serious Games for Healthcare: Applications and Implications. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 283-295.
    [10.4018/978-1-4666-1903-6.ch014]
  • Muller, A. and Mathews, G.S. (2013). Medicina: Methods, Models, Strategies. In Y Baek & N Whitton, ed. Cases on Digital Game-Based Learning: Methods, Models and Strategiesd Book. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 147-167.
    [10.4018/978-1-4666-2848-9.ch009] [Scopus]
  • Muller, A. and Habel, C. (2012). Gaming to learn: Language in a clinical context. In C. Nygaard, N. Courtney & E. Leigh, ed. Simulations, Games and Role Play in University Education. Faringdon, UK: Libri Publishing, pp. 123-138.
  • Muller, C.A. and Thomas, B. (1999). The Beach of Falesa in its historical context. In The Beach of Falesa in Context. Bedford Park, SA: Flinders University, pp. 45-57.
  • Muller, C.A. (2015). U2Uni (Custom Book for Nursing) Sydney: Pearson.
  • Muller, A. (2011). A Glasgow voice: James Kelman's literary language. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Nicholls, D., Sweet, L.P., Muller, A. and Hyett, J. (2015). Sonosteps - An inaugural report of Australian sonographer skill teaching practices. In Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Annual Convention and Preconvention Program Hosting World Federation For Ultrasound In Medicine And Biology (WFUMB) Congress. Orlando, Florida. Mar 2015, pp. s20-s21.
  • Muller, C.A. and Gregoric, C. (2015). The design and outcomes of a writing improvement programme in an Australian university. In Education, Power, and Empowerment: Transcending Boundaries. Asian Conference on Education.
  • Nicholls, D., Sweet, L.P., Muller, A. and Hyett, J. (2015). Teaching psychomotor skills effectively in the 21st century. In Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Annual Convention and Preconvention Program Hosting World Federation For Ultrasound In Medicine And Biology (WFUMB) Congress. Orlando, Florida. Mar 2015, pp. s21.
  • Muller, A. (2014). An in-house approach to developing international nursing students' language. National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Muller, A. (2014). Ways to support international student's speech and pronunciation. National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Muller, A. (2013). The educational and linguistic design decisions of a computer game that teaches slang. 2013 International Symposium on Language, Linguistics, Literature and Education. Osaka, Japan.
  • Muller, A. (2013). The educational and linguistic design decisions of a digital game that teaches idioms: Idiomatico. Euro-American Conference for Academic Disciplines. Paris, France.
    [Web Link]
  • Muller, A. (2012). Promoting automatic recognition of medical abbreviations using a computer game. IATEFL 46th Annual Conference and Exhibition. Glasgow, Scotland. Mar 2012, pp. 110.
  • Muller, A. (2011). Teaching low-frequency vocabulary: how a language-learning computer game connects theory to practice. In The Asian Conference on Language Learning, Official Proceedings 2011. iafor. The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2011. Osaka, Japan. Jun 2011, pp. 149-157.
  • Muller, A. (2011). The impact of a language teaching computer game on ESL students' recognition of spoken and written word forms. In Pixel, ed. International Conference ICT for Language Learning, 4th Conference Edition. Italy: Simonelli Editore. ICT for Language Learning. Florence, Italy. Oct 2011.
  • Muller, C.A. (2002). How James Kelman Survived the Booker Prize. In Counterpoints: The Flinders University Journal of Interdisciplinary Conference Papers. Adelaide, SA: COUNTERPOINTS. Counterpoints 2002. Bedford Park, SA. Jul 2002.
  • Muller, C.A. (2003). Review: How to Argue with an Economist by Lindy Edwards. Network Review of Books. April pp. online.
  • Muller, C.A. (2002). Review: Quirky Qwerty: the story of the keyboard @ your fingertips by Torbjorn Lundmark. Network Review of Books. Dec pp. online.
  • Muller, C.A. (1999). A chronology of European involvement in Samoa up to 1900. The Beach of Falesa in Context, pp. 59-60.
  • Muller, C.A. (2016). Strategies and methods for creating an educational computer game that teaches idioms. In Convergence and Divergence. The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom.
  • Muller, A. (2011). Addressing the English language needs of international nursing students. In Special Issue: Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association of Academic Language and Learning. Association of Academic Language and Learning. The Tenth Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2011, pp. A14-A22.
    [Web Link]
  • Nicholls, D., Sweet, L.P., Skuza, P.P., Muller, A. and Hyett, J. (2016). Sonographer Skill Teaching Practices Survey (SonoSTePS): Development and initial validation of a survey instrument. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine,
    [10.1002/ajum.12011] [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, D., Sweet, L.P., Muller, A. and Hyett, J. (2016). Teaching psychomotor skills in the 21st century: revisiting and reviewing instructional approaches through the lens of contemporary literature. Medical Teacher,
    [Scopus]
  • Muller, A. (2016). Language proficiency and nursing registration. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 54 pp. 132-140.
    [10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.01.007] [Scopus]
  • Nesbitt, D. and Muller, A. (2016). Sustaining motivation for Japanese kanji learning: Can digital games help? The JALT CALL Journal, 12(1) pp. 23-41.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Muller, A. (2015). The differences in error rate and type between IELTS writing bands and their impact on academic workload. Higher Education Research and Development (HERDSA) 34(6) pp. 1207-1219.
    [10.1080/07294360.2015.1024627] [Scopus]
  • Muller, A., Arbon, P. and Gregoric, C. (2015). A school-based approach to developing the English proficiency of EAL university students. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 9(2) pp. A63-A78.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Muller, A. (2012). Research-based design of a medical vocabulary videogame. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 7(2) pp. 122-134.
    [10.5172/ijpl.2012.7.2.122] [Scopus]
  • Muller, A. and Price, J.L. (2012). A pedagogy-driven approach to the design of a medical abbreviations videogame: Brevissima. The JALT CALL Journal, 8(3) pp. 147-163.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Muller, A. (2011). A Glasgow voice: James Kelman's literary language. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Muller, A. and Mathews, G.S. (2013). Medicina: Methods, Models, Strategies. In Y Baek & N Whitton, ed. Cases on Digital Game-Based Learning: Methods, Models and Strategiesd Book. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 147-167.
    [10.4018/978-1-4666-2848-9.ch009] [Scopus]
  • Muller, A. (2013). Improving the identification of medication names by increasing phonological awareness via a language-teaching computer game (Medicina) In S Arnab, I Dunwell & K Debattista, ed. Serious Games for Healthcare: Applications and Implications. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 283-295.
    [10.4018/978-1-4666-1903-6.ch014]
  • Muller, A. and Habel, C. (2012). Gaming to learn: Language in a clinical context. In C. Nygaard, N. Courtney & E. Leigh, ed. Simulations, Games and Role Play in University Education. Faringdon, UK: Libri Publishing, pp. 123-138.
  • Nesbitt, D. and Muller, A. (2016). Sustaining motivation for Japanese kanji learning: Can digital games help? The JALT CALL Journal, 12(1) pp. 23-41.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Nicholls, D., Sweet, L.P., Muller, A. and Hyett, J. (2016). Teaching psychomotor skills in the 21st century: revisiting and reviewing instructional approaches through the lens of contemporary literature. Medical Teacher,
    [Scopus]
  • Nicholls, D., Sweet, L.P., Skuza, P.P., Muller, A. and Hyett, J. (2016). Sonographer Skill Teaching Practices Survey (SonoSTePS): Development and initial validation of a survey instrument. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine,
    [10.1002/ajum.12011] [Scopus]
  • Muller, A. (2016). Language proficiency and nursing registration. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 54 pp. 132-140.
    [10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.01.007] [Scopus]
  • Muller, A., Arbon, P. and Gregoric, C. (2015). A school-based approach to developing the English proficiency of EAL university students. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 9(2) pp. A63-A78.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Muller, A. (2015). The differences in error rate and type between IELTS writing bands and their impact on academic workload. Higher Education Research and Development (HERDSA) 34(6) pp. 1207-1219.
    [10.1080/07294360.2015.1024627] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

Assistance Dog work

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • English language
  • Nursing

Interests

  • English as a second language
  • IELTS
  • International Students
  • OET

Contact

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Location: Sturt North Wing (N226)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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