Position/s

Lecturer, Indonesian and Languages Education
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law

Biography

I am an experienced teacher and researcher in applied linguistics and languages education, working across diverse languages in the areas of language policy, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. I have specific expertise in Indonesian language education. My research, consultancy and supervision activities relate to mediation (particularly in relation to intercultural language pedagogy), (languages) curriculum design and implementation, language policy and program implementation, assessment of student achievement, and more recently, interpreting and translating and foreign language education in international contexts.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia
Masters of Education, Languages Education Specialisation, University of South Australia
Graduate Certificate in Languages Education, University of South Australia
Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Adelaide

Honours, awards and grants

Australian Post-graduate Scholarship

Early Career Researcher Program 2011 (UniSA)

Supported Researcher, 2011, 2012 (UniSA)

Key responsibilities

I am coordinator for the following topics:

  • EDUC3643/9227 Developing curriculum in context in the middle years
  • EDUC4729/4730 Curriculum Specialisation: Languages in the Senior Years
  • INDO2201 Intermediate Indonesian 2A
  • INDO2202 Intermediate Indonesian 2B
  • INDO2001 Indonesian Culture and Society

Teaching interests

  • Languages and Cultures Education
  • Pedagogy and mediation
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Curriculum and assessment design
  • Indonesian language education
  • Intercultural Communication

Topic Coordinator:

  • EDUC3643  Developing curriculum in context in the middle years
  • EDUC9227  Developing curriculum in context in the middle years
  • INDO2001  Indonesian Culture and Society
  • INDO2201  Intermediate Indonesian 2A
  • INDO2202  Intermediate Indonesian 2B

Topic Lecturer:

  • EDUC3643  Developing curriculum in context in the middle years
  • EDUC4729  Senior Years Curriculum Specialisation: Languages
  • EDUC4730  Senior Years Curriculum Specialisation: Languages
  • EDUC9227  Developing curriculum in context in the middle years
  • INDO2001  Indonesian Culture and Society
  • INDO2201  Intermediate Indonesian 2A
  • INDO2202  Intermediate Indonesian 2B

Research expertise

  • Applied linguistics
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Language studies

Research interests

  • Languages and Cultures Education, particularly intercultural language teaching and learning
  • Pedagogy and mediation
  • Curriculum and assessment design
  • Indonesian language education
  • Languages policy and program implementation

My research supervisions include the following:

2013, PhD completion, 'Teachers' knowledge and beliefs in Indonesian primary schools' (associate supervisor, UniSA)

2013, EdD completion, 'Developing teachers' oral proficiency for the teaching of English in the DPED Curriculum in Bangladesh' (co-supervisor)

2014, EdD completion, 'Students' perceptions of the effectiveness of English language teaching in Laos' (Principal supervisor)

2014, EdD recently commenced, 'Students perceptions of the multilingual policy in education in Timor Leste' (Principal Supervisor)

I am currently also co-supervisor of three PhD students at UniSA working in the field of translation and linguistic borrowing and the Co- Supervisor of a Masters of Education student exploring the implications of in-country study tours (China) for intercultural education in Australian schools.

Supervisory interests

  • Applied linguistics
  • English language teaching in international contexts
  • Indonesian language education
  • Intercultural language teaching and learning
  • Languages education, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment

RHD research supervision

Completion

Associate supervisor : The role of ICT in English language teaching in Indonesia’ (1) ;

Publications

  • Kohler, M.I. (2014). The teaching and learning of Indonesian in Australia: issues and prospects. In Murray, N. & Scarino, A., ed. Dynamic Ecologies: A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. New York: Springer, pp. 169-182.
  • Liddicoat, A. and Kohler, M.I. (2012). Teaching Asian Languages from an intercultural perspective: building bridges for and with students of Indonesian. In X Song & K Cadman, ed. Bridging Transcultural Divides Asian Languages and Cultures in Global Higher Education. Adelaide, SA: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 73-99.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2010). Intercultural language teaching and learning: policy and practice. In Liddicoat, A.J. & Scarino, A., ed. Languages Education in Australia: problems, prospects and future directions. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 179-192.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2015). Teachers as mediators in the foreign language classroom. Bristol, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters.
  • Scarino, A. and Kohler, M.I. (2014). Investigating Pedagogies for Language Learning. Adelaide: University of South Australia.
  • Scarino, A., Scrimgeour, A. and Kohler, M.I. (2012). Languages Teaching and Learning: Change in Context. Adelaide: Independent Schools of South Australia.
  • Scarino, A., Elder, C., Iwashita, N., Kim, S., Kohler, M.I. and Scrimgeour, A. (2011). Student Achievement in Asian Languages. Canberra: Commonwealth Government.
  • Kohler, M.I. and Mahnken, P. (2010). The current state of Indonesian Language Education in Australian Schools. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Kohler, M.I., Morgan, A. and Harbon, L. (2010). Dari kami ke kita: A textbook for middle years students of Indonesian (Part 1) South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.
  • Morgan, A., Harbon, L. and Kohler, M.I. (2010). Dari kami ke kita: A textbook for middle years students of Indonesian (Part 2) 1 ed. South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.
  • Liddicoat, T., Scarino, A., Curnow, T., Kohler, M.I., Scrimgeour, A. and Morgan, A. (2007). An Investigation of the State and Nature of Languages in Australian Schools. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Liddicoat, T., Tognini, R., Fischmann, V., Harbon, L., Kohler, M.I., McLaughlin, M., et al. (2005). Final report on the development of Standards for Teachers of Indonesian Project. Queensland: Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers' Associations.
  • Liddicoat, T., Scarino, A., Papademetre, L. and Kohler, M.I. (2003). Report on Intercultural language learning. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Kohler, M.I. (2012). Review of Holliday, A., Hyde, M. & Kullman, J., 2010, Intercultural communication: an advanced resource book for students. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1(1) pp. 117-119.
  • Kohler, M.I. (2009). Classroom interaction as a window on intercultural language teaching and learning. MLTAQ Journal, 147
  • Kohler, M.I. (2009). Indonesian language learning: making sense to students. Education Quarterly,
  • Curnow, T. and Kohler, M.I. (2008). Languages are important, but that's not why I'm studying one. Teacher: The national education magazine, August
  • Kohler, M.I. (1998). A review of Sudah bisa berbahasa Indonesia. Babel, 33(3) pp. 26-27.
  • Kohler, M.I. (2010). Moving between knowing and being: a case study of language teachers' mediation of the intercultural in practice. PhD. University of South Australia
  • Scarino, A., Liddicoat, T., Crichton, J., Curnow, T., Kohler, M.I., Loechel, K., et al. (2008). Professional Standards Project: Languages, Professional Learning Program.
  • Scarino, A., Liddicoat, T., Dellit, J., Crozet, C., Carr, J., Crichton, J., et al. (2008). Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning in Practice, Phase 2 Professional Development Materials.
  • Kohler, M.I., Browett, J. and Harbon, L. (2004). Asian Languages Professional Learning Program.
  • Harbon, L., Fielding, R., Moloney, R., Kohler, M.I., Dashwood, A., Gearon, M., et al. (2012). Longtime passing: language teacher educators' concerns in language teacher education. In J Hajek, C Nettlebeck & A Woods, ed. The Next Step: Introducing the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities. Sydney, NSW: Office for Learning and Teching. LCNAU Inaugural Colloquium. Melbourne, VIC. Sep 2011, pp. 75-91.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2013). Indonesian in the Australian Curriculum: Developing language specific curricula. Babel, 48(2/3) pp. 30-37.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2012). How does time-on-task affect the achievement of early and late starters of Indonesian in schools? Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 35(3) pp. 271-289.
    [Scopus]
  • Morgan, A., Kohler, M.I. and Harbon, L. (2011). Developing intercultural language learning textbooks: methodological trends, engaging with the intercultural construct, and personal reflections on the process. Journal of the International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media, 4(1) pp. 20-51.
    [Web Link]
  • Curnow, T.J. and Kohler, M.I. (2007). Languages are important, but that's not why I'm studying one. Babel, 42(2) pp. 20-24.
  • Kohler, M.I., Harbon, L., Fischmann, V., McLaughlin, M. and Liddicoat, A.J. (2006). Quality teaching: Views from the profession. Babel, 40(3) pp. 23-30.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2005). Framing culture: how culture is represented in Australian state and territory language curriculum frameworks. Babel, 40(1) pp. 12-17.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2003). Developing continuity through long term programming. Babel, 38(2)
  • Kohler, M.I. (2015). Teachers as mediators in the foreign language classroom. Bristol, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters.
  • Kohler, M.I. (2014). The teaching and learning of Indonesian in Australia: issues and prospects. In Murray, N. & Scarino, A., ed. Dynamic Ecologies: A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. New York: Springer, pp. 169-182.
  • Liddicoat, A. and Kohler, M.I. (2012). Teaching Asian Languages from an intercultural perspective: building bridges for and with students of Indonesian. In X Song & K Cadman, ed. Bridging Transcultural Divides Asian Languages and Cultures in Global Higher Education. Adelaide, SA: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 73-99.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2010). Intercultural language teaching and learning: policy and practice. In Liddicoat, A.J. & Scarino, A., ed. Languages Education in Australia: problems, prospects and future directions. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 179-192.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2013). Indonesian in the Australian Curriculum: Developing language specific curricula. Babel, 48(2/3) pp. 30-37.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2012). How does time-on-task affect the achievement of early and late starters of Indonesian in schools? Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 35(3) pp. 271-289.
    [Scopus]
  • Morgan, A., Kohler, M.I. and Harbon, L. (2011). Developing intercultural language learning textbooks: methodological trends, engaging with the intercultural construct, and personal reflections on the process. Journal of the International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media, 4(1) pp. 20-51.
    [Web Link]
  • Curnow, T.J. and Kohler, M.I. (2007). Languages are important, but that's not why I'm studying one. Babel, 42(2) pp. 20-24.
  • Kohler, M.I., Harbon, L., Fischmann, V., McLaughlin, M. and Liddicoat, A.J. (2006). Quality teaching: Views from the profession. Babel, 40(3) pp. 23-30.
    [Web Link]
  • Kohler, M.I. (2005). Framing culture: how culture is represented in Australian state and territory language curriculum frameworks. Babel, 40(1) pp. 12-17.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

I hold the following roles:

  • Secretary, Governing Council, School of Languages (SA)
  • Consultant to Education Services Australia, Language Learning Space: Indonesian
  • Co-ordinating Writer, Australian Curriculum: Indonesian
  • Vettor, Australian Language Certificates (ACER)
  • Reviewer, Babel (Journal of Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Asssociation)
  • Reviewer, Asia Pacific Journal of Education
  • Member of Steering Committee, International Conference on Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (COTEFL), Muhammadiyah University, Central Java

I am a member of the following organisations and groups:

  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
  • Australian Federation of Modern Languages Teachers' Associations (AFMLTA)
  • Modern Language Teachers' Association of South Australia (MLTASA)
  • Indonesian Teachers' Association of South Australia (INTAN)
  • Multilingual and Global Education Association for Foreign Language Education Research (MAGENTA FLER)
  • Social Inquiry Research Group (Flinders)
  • Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC)

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Language/Linguistics

Interests

  • Languages Education (Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment) Specialist language expertise: Indonesian

Contact

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Phone: +61 8 82013383
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Location: Education Building (5.58)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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