Position

Academic Status
Humanities and Creative Arts

Biography

Robyn Najar is an Associate Professor and Head of ESOL/TESOL at Flinders University, Australia. She has spent over 30 years working in ESOL/TESOL and has, for over ten of these years, worked outside of Australia teaching English as a foreign language (EFL), training teachers and developing programmes, curriculum and materials in situ. Today, she is involved in the development and teaching of programmes in Australia and in Asia. She teaches applied linguistics in graduate programmes; and is involved in teacher development and EFL programme delivery. Robyn is also a keen researcher in the areas of FL teaching and learning, international student writing and strategic competencies in second language learning. Current projects include a study of collective efficacy and an enquiry into the relationship between self-efficacy and student learning outcomes. Robyn is motivated by a keen interest in second language acquisition and the challenge of communicative outcomes in foreign language teaching and learning contexts.

Qualifications

PhD Educational Psychology, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa 1997
MA English as a Second Language Univerisity of Hawai'i at Manoa  1992
BEd Upper Primary/Lower Secondary Flinders University, Australia 1887

Honours, awards and grants

2004 TESOL Professional Development Scholarship, USA

2002 Hawke Institute Project Fellowship, AUST

2001 AUTC Institutional Award, AUST

1995 Pacific Asian Scholarship, University of Hawai'i, USA

1994 Pacific Asian Scholarship, University of Hawai'i, USA

1993 Pacific Asian Scholarship, University of Hawai'i, USA

1993 Educational Psychology Graduate Scholarship, University of Hawai'i, USA

1992 Ruth Crymes Scholarship, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i, USA

1991 Ruth Crymes Scholarship, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i, USA

Key responsibilities

Head, ESL/TESOL

International Committee HUMANITIES

Postgraduate Contact Officer FACULTY

Topic Coordinator:

Research expertise

  • Applied linguistics
  • Cognitive psychology and educational practice
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Other language, literature and culture

Research interests

Robyn is a keen researcher in the areas of FL teaching and learning, international student writing and strategic competencies in second language learning. Her current projects include an enquiry into collective efficacy in the workplace, and the realtionship of self efficiacy to student learning outcomes. Robyn is motivated by a keen interest in second language acquisition and the challenge of communicative outcomes in foreign language teaching and learning contexts.

Supervisory interests

  • Education, teaching and learning in higher
  • EFL learning
  • English as a second/foreign language
  • English in foreign language contexts

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : TESOL/EFL/MMR (3) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : TESOL/EFL/MMR (1) ;

Publications

  • Gil, J.A. and Najar, R.L. (2015). English Language Education and Globalisation: An Applied Linguistics Framework. In L.T. Wong and A. Dubey-Jhaveri, ed. English Language Education in a Global World: Practices, Issues and Challenges. New York, United States of America: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 13-24.
  • Najar, R.L. (2008). Robyn Najar's tips for rewriting. In Heather Burke, Claire Smith, and Larry J. Zimmerman, ed. The Archaeologist's field handbook : North American edition. UK: AltaMira Press, pp. 349-349.
  • Najar, R.L. (2007). Recomendaciones de Robin Najar para escribir. In Domingo, I.,: Burke, H y Smith, C., ed. Manual de campo del arqueologo. Barcelona: Ariel.
  • Najar, R.L. (2004). Robyn Najar's tips for Rewriting. In Burke, H., & Smith, C, ed. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin, pp. 314-314.
  • Najar, R.L. and Riley, L. (2013). Developing academic writing skills. 2nd ed. Japan: Macmillan LanguageHouse Ltd.
  • Najar, R.L. (Ed.). (2012). associate editor.
  • Najar, R.L. (Ed.). (2009). Associate Editor. USA: Commonground publishing.
  • Najar, R.L. and Riley, L. (2004). Developing academic writing skills. Tokyo: Macmillan LanguageHouse.
  • Najar, R.L. (2014). Foreign Language Teacher Training: An Enquiry into Context. In Proceedings of the 18th International Learning Conference, Mauritius. Commonground Publishing. 18th International Learning Conference. Mauritius. Jun 2011.
  • Najar, R.L. (2010). Teachers' Voices. In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Teaching Dynamicism in Second Language Teaching in the 21st Century. Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University. the 1st International Conference on Teaching Dynamicism in Second Language Teaching in the 21st Century. Phitsanulok, Thailand. Nov 2010.
  • Najar, R.L. (2010). Contextualising Foreign Language Teacher Training: A China Study. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. USA: TESOL Inc.. the 44th Annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Convention. Boston, MA, USA. Mar 2010.
  • Gil, J.A. and Najar, R.L. (2008). ELT Today: From Dilemmas to Professional Obligations. In Peter L. Jeffrey, ed. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference Papers Collection. Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2008 International Education Conference. Brisbane. Nov 2008, pp. 1-17.
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  • Najar, R.L. (2005). From collaborative research to writing a textbook. In Proceedings of the Japanese Association of Language Teachers (JALT) JapanJapanese Association of Language Teachers (JALT) Shizuoka Japan.
  • Najar, R.L. (2004). The effect of strategy use on L2 learning: A classroom study. In Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. Australia: AARE. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. Melbourne, VIC.
  • Orrell, J.E., Condon, J.A. and Najar, R.L. (2003). Preparing academics to teach: Report of a national workshop (Abstract) In Learning for an Unknown Future: HERDSA Conference. NZ: HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA. Learning for an Unknown Future: HERDSA Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand. Jul 2003.
  • Najar, R.L. and Gil, J.A. (2009). ELT today: From dilemmas to professional responsibilities. In Pedagogies of Connection : TESOL in Context. Melbourne, Vic: ACTA. Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) Conference. Alice Springs, NT. Jul 2008.
  • Najar, R.L. (2008). Contextualising English as a foreign language teacher training: teachers' voices. In Peter L. Jeffrey, ed. AARE Conference Papers Collection. Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures: Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Brisbane, QLD. Nov 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Najar, R.L. (2007). Effect of Strategy Use and Transfer on L2 Performance. In CULI National Seminar 2007 Diversity in the EFL Classroom - Proceedings and Pictures. Thailand: CULI. CULI National Seminar 2007 Diversity in the EFL Classroom. Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Nov 2007, pp. n/a.
  • Najar, R.L. (2003). At the intersection of languages, knowledges and discursive practices:International postgraduate students' engagement with academic writing in an Australian University. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. Waikato, NZLED2003. Nov 2003.
  • Najar, R.L. (2010). The impact of strategic competencies on l2 learning outcomes. International Journal of Learning, 17(1) pp. 69-80.
    [Scopus]
  • Najar, R.L. and Gil, J.A. (2009). ELT today: From dilemmas to professional responsibilities. In Pedagogies of Connection : TESOL in Context. Melbourne, Vic: ACTA. Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) Conference. Alice Springs, NT. Jul 2008.
  • Najar, R.L. (2008). Contextualising English as a foreign language teacher training: teachers' voices. In Peter L. Jeffrey, ed. AARE Conference Papers Collection. Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures: Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Brisbane, QLD. Nov 2008.
    [Web Link]
  • Najar, R.L. (2007). Effect of Strategy Use and Transfer on L2 Performance. In CULI National Seminar 2007 Diversity in the EFL Classroom - Proceedings and Pictures. Thailand: CULI. CULI National Seminar 2007 Diversity in the EFL Classroom. Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Nov 2007, pp. n/a.
  • Najar, R.L. (2003). At the intersection of languages, knowledges and discursive practices:International postgraduate students' engagement with academic writing in an Australian University. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. Waikato, NZLED2003. Nov 2003.
  • Najar, R.L. and Riley, L. (2013). Developing academic writing skills. 2nd ed. Japan: Macmillan LanguageHouse Ltd.
  • Najar, R.L. (Ed.). (2012). associate editor.
  • Najar, R.L. (Ed.). (2009). Associate Editor. USA: Commonground publishing.
  • Najar, R.L. and Riley, L. (2004). Developing academic writing skills. Tokyo: Macmillan LanguageHouse.
  • Gil, J.A. and Najar, R.L. (2015). English Language Education and Globalisation: An Applied Linguistics Framework. In L.T. Wong and A. Dubey-Jhaveri, ed. English Language Education in a Global World: Practices, Issues and Challenges. New York, United States of America: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 13-24.
  • Najar, R.L. (2010). The impact of strategic competencies on l2 learning outcomes. International Journal of Learning, 17(1) pp. 69-80.
    [Scopus]

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Subject Titles

  • Education - Curriculum
  • English Language
  • Training

Interests

  • Esl/Tesol (teaching English as a second language and training teachers for teaching ESL)
  • Education (program, curriculum and materials development that facilitate transfer/flexible use of knowledge; teaching English as a second language)
  • Strategy Use (development of cognitive learning strategies for academic and vocational context)
  • Training (transfer of training/learning; the application of knowledge learned in one setting to another; includes both problem solving and academic strategy use)

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