Dr Simone Smala is a Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Queensland (UQ). Simone is a specialist in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) pedagogies and methodologies, and applies theories of metacognition, self-regulated and autonomous learning, and dialogic learning to her research in multilingual classrooms. Her Facebook page CLIL Support Dr Simone Smala UQ is engaging teachers in Australia and beyond in latest research in language education and learning theories in general.

Workshop: CLIL and Making Sense of Concepts in a Second Language


Ian Perry is an Experienced Senior Teacher at The Gap State High School in Brisbane where he is the Subject Area Co-ordinator. He has taught Chinese across all year levels from Years 7 to 12 since the early 1990s, is a current member of the QCAA State Panel for Chinese and is the Convenor of the MLTAQ TCI (Teaching with Comprehensible Input) Network. In 2015 he was awarded the Confucius Institute at QUT Excellence in Teaching Award and was selected as a finalist in the Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning category of the 2016 Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Winnie So is a teacher at The King’s School here in Sydney. She has taught Mandarin Chinese in high school settings for the past six years. In 2014 she was awarded the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship. Being a second language learner of Chinese herself, Winnie has a vested interest in improving the teaching and learning of non-background learners of Chinese with particular interest in developing their communicative ability, reading then writing in a systematic way.


Jonathan Petersen is the Head of Indonesian at Coffs Harbour Christian Community School. He has led out in the development of strong sister school relationships through which he coordinates a Skype program, a student exchange program and teacher exchange programs. Jonathan is also involved in the coordination of the ‘Bali Buddies’ program which links each student in the school with a buddy in Indonesia.


Katherine Brownlee teaches Japanese and French (8-12) at Gosford High School on the Central Coast. Passionate about the learning and teaching of languages, Katherine has taught at tertiary level, and in comprehensive and selective secondary schools. Katherine has a strong interest in student retention, engagement and motivation at all levels of learning and is always looking for more effective strategies, techniques and approaches to further increase student uptake of languages.


Marina Anokhina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education teaching English and German, a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Philology. She taught Russian and English at various educational institutions in Russia, USA and Australia. Currently she is teaching Russian at St. Alexander Nevsky Russian School (Homebush) as well as Management at Macquarie University. She is also doing a Postgraduate Diploma of Management at MGSM.


Michael Jarrett is a well-respected member of the local Gumbaynggirr tribe. His ancestors belong to the sea and rain forests of the Nambucca River. He teaches language to his own people and Non Aboriginal people, to children in schools and to people in the wider community. He also sings traditional and contemporary Gumbaynggirr songs in a local Choir . Michael’s qualifications in Early childhood Education as well as a Bachelor of Teaching from Macquarie University and a Masters in Indigenous Language Education from Sydney University.


Nathan Lane has been teaching Japanese in Victorian Government and Catholic secondary schools for over eighteen years. Currently he is the Director of Pedagogy and Innovation at Presentation College Windsor. Nathan has presented at state, national and international language conferences and has been involved in resource development and external assessment for students studying Japanese at secondary level. He is the current President of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (JLTAV). In 2017 Nathan was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (MLTAV) in recognition of his exceptional and outstanding contribution to languages teaching in Victoria.


Ruth Fielding is Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. She has researched within bilingual and CLIL settings since 2006, working with Lesley Harbon since 2010 in CLIL contests in NSW. Ruth has been a language teacher and teacher educator for over 12. She researches various topics which relate to a broad theme of multilingualism and identity.

Lesley Harbon is Head of School in the Schools of International Studies and Education at the University of Technology Sydney. Along with Ruth Fielding she has researched CLIL language education in New South Wales since 2010.


Shirley Hoogewerf is a high school teacher from Western Sydney. She teaches English and Languages. Shirley taught French till 2010. In 2010 she was awarded the NALSSP scholarship to retrain as a teacher of Mandarin. Shirley completed a Diploma of Modern Languages in 2013 from the University of New England.  She has now established a Chinese Language program at her school and has been teaching Stage Four Chinese since then.


Teresa Naso is currently relieving as Deputy Principal at NSW School of Languages and Curriculum Coordinator at Saturday School of Community Languages. In 2017, as Project Officer for NESA, she worked on the development of the Languages K-10 Syllabuses. She is now working on the Stage 4 and Stage 5  implementation of those initial eight syllabuses at the two largest Language course providers in NSW. She is an advocate and promotes the representation of Intercultural communication and understanding as a vital 21st century skill and it’s representation in all curriculum areas . As a teacher, Senior marker and Senior Judge of Italian her personal interest includes the study of minority languages and dialects in Italy.


Teresa Alonso-Lasheras graduated in Journalism from the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain) in 1995. She worked as a journalist, editor and translator until she moved to Australia in 2000. Teresa has been teaching French and Spanish in NSW for over 17 years, mostly at International Grammar School. She is currently working at St Andrews Cathedral School where she holds the role of Acting Leader of Learning for Languages. Teresa has taken part in HSC examination committees, HSC marking and judging and the new Spanish K-10 Syllabus. She is the president of the Spanish Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW) and this year’s recipient of the MLTANSW Outstanding Teacher Award.


Zaklina Mihajlova is an accomplished educator with twenty-seven years of Community language teaching experience in Australia. She is providing professional learning for Macedonian language teachers in Australia and for community language teachers in NSW, through Federation of Community languages NSW. Voluntarily, she is President of the Macedonian School Council of NSW- umbrella organisation for all Macedonian language ethnic schools in NSW. Mrs Mihajlova is Committee member of Federation of Community languages NSW. She is an international author and has published 16 books for adults and children.


Zara Maxwell-Smith is a teacher and PhD student at the ANU. She is interested in using speech recognition and other technologies in education; second language acquisition; Indonesian; language variation; and sign languages. As part of her PhD, she is currently running a pilot to test speech recognition on data from an Indonesian language classroom and plans to analyse word frequency for different Indonesian varieties. Zara co-wrote the ANU Extension Indonesian Program in 2013 and has been teaching it since then. The courses blend skills-based learning, guided research, and theories of linguistic social identity to look at Indonesian political and cultural keywords.


Scott Cardwell is the Co-founder and CEO of ImmerseMe, a virtual reality-based language education company. With 10 years of experience in online languages education, ImmerseMe is at the global forefront of digital innovation and creative solutions for language learners.

Kerry Blatchley has been working at Maitland Grossmann High School for the last 7 years as a LOTE teacher in both Italian and French. She teaches from Year 8 to Year 12 and has marked at HSC level for languages.


Marcus Campbell is responsible for sales and marketing at Intext Book Company, a distributor of foreign language resources that has been supporting teachers since 1980. Naturally, he is an enthusiast of all things languages and takes special interest in new digital methods from oversees publishers. In his spare time, you will find him cramming Japanese, Korean and a tiny bit of Swedish.


Andrew Scrimgeour is a lecturer at the University of South Australia.  He is currently Vice-President of the AFMLTA, and president of MLTASA.  He has been involved in a range of curriculum and professional development projects in Chinese language teaching and learning, including the development of the Australian Curriculum.


Kylie Farmer was President of the AFMLTA from July 2014 – 2016 and has been a member of the executive for over 10 years.  Kylie has worked as a Languages Education Consultant and has managed a range of projects relating to Languages Education. Kylie has been involved in Advisory Groups relating to Languages at a National Level, including the ELLA Advisory Group.