Associate Professor Robyn Najar

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Education Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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

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.

Topic coordinator
ESOL3005 Principles of TESOL
ESOL1001 Foundations in TESOL
ESOL2004 ESOL Methodology
ESOL9004 TESOL Methodology
ESOL9005 ESOL Pedagogy
ESOL9007 Directed Study
ESOL9000A Research Project
ESOL9000B Research Project
ESOL9100 Academic Presentations
ESOL9101 Academic Writing
Supervisory interests
EFL learning
Education, teaching and learning in higher
English as a second/foreign language
English in foreign language contexts
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: TESOL/EFL/MMR (3)
Completion
Principal supervisor: TESOL/EFL/MMR (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Education - Curriculum
English Language
Training
Education
Esl/Tesol
Strategy Use
Training
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Interests
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  • Esl/Tesol
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