Position/s

Lecturer, Languages Education
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law

Biography

I am an experienced teacher and researcher in 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 pedagogies), assessment of student achievement, languages curriculum design and implementation, and more recently, interpreting and translating.

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)

Key responsibilities

I teach in the following Topics:
Curriculum Specialisation: Languages in the Middle Years

Curriculum Specialisation: Languages in the Senior Years

Indonesian language 1A

Indonesian language 1B

Teaching interests

  • Languages and Cultures Education
  • Pedagogy and mediation
  • Curriculum and assessment design
  • Indonesian language education

Topic Coordinator:

Topic Lecturer:

  • ASST1001  Indonesian 1A
  • ASST1002  Indonesian 1B
  • EDUC3525  Curriculum Specialisation Middle Years - Languages
  • EDUC4729  Curriculum Specialisation Senior Years - Languages

Research expertise

  • Applied linguistics
  • Curriculum and pedagogy

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 successful completion (UniSA), 'Teachers' knowledge and beliefs in Indonesian primary schools' (co-supervisor)

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

2014, EdD successful competion, '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 Principal 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]
  • 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.
    [Web Link]
  • 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. (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.
    [Web Link]
  • 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. (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]

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

I am a member of the following organisations:

  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
  • Australian Federation of Modern Languages Teachers' Associations (AFMLTA)
  • Modern Language Teachers' Association of South Australia (MLTASA)
  • Indonesian Teachers' Association of South Australia (INTAN)

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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