Dr David Hirsh

BA, PGDipTESL, MA(ApplLing), PhD(Well)
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programs

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6417
Fax +61 2 9351 2606

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Biographical details

David Hirsh has a research interest in the role of vocabulary in language learning. He is involved in research collaboration aimed at exploring the function of scientific vocabulary in school texts Another area of research interest is academic pathways, in terms of how and when language proficiency is assessed, the role of diagnostic and self assessment, the minimum language requirements set by institutions, and tracking academic performance and experiences across time. A third area of research interest is language revitalization, particularly in Southeast Asia. He is involved in research collaboration with the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand documenting language use in Thailand, to explore the scope for reversing recent trends of language loss over time. This project considers the link between language, culture and identity. A fourth area of research interest is the process of speech development in infants. Research activities in this area are conducted in collaboration with the Reseach Center for Applied Perceptual Science, a multidisciplinary grouping of researchers at Kyushu University, Japan.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Learning and teaching in higher education

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Indigenous issues

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Languages and cultures education

Keywords: language & culture, indigenous language use, second language vocabulary development, academic acculturation

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
L2 word learnability across L1 groups: A focus on written form of words PhD Chen-chun LIN
Creating word lists to inform ELT pedagogy PhD Warren MATSUOKA
The effect of receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge on writing. PhD Xuan WANG
The interface between receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge PhD Hua ZHONG

Current projects

  • The academic performance of international students at university
  • The function of scientific vocabulary
  • Language revitalization in Thailand (in collaboration with Mahidol University)
  • Infant speech development (in collaboration with Kyushu University)

Associations

  • Editorial Board member, RELC Journal (2011 - 2014)

  • Co-Editor, University of Sydney Papers in TESOL (from 2012)

Selected publications

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Books

  • Hirsh, D. (2013). Endangered Languages, Knowledge Systems and Belief Systems. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Hirsh, D. (2010). Academic Vocabulary in Context. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Paltridge, B., Harbon, L., Hirsh, D., Shen, H., Stevenson, M., Phakiti, A., Woodrow, L. (2009). Teaching Academic Writing: An Introduction for Teachers of Second Language Writers. Ann Arbor, USA: University of Michigan Press.

Edited Books

  • Hirsh, D. (2012). Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research. Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.

Book Chapters

  • Lin, C., Hirsh, D. (2012). Manipulating instructional method: The effect on productive vocabulary use. In David Hirsh (Eds.), Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research, (pp. 117-148). Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.
  • Lee, Y., Hirsh, D. (2012). Quality and Quantity of Exposure in L2 Vocabulary Learning. In David Hirsh (Eds.), Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research, (pp. 79-116). Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.
  • Hirsh, D. (2012). Vocabulary Research: Current Themes, New Directions. In David Hirsh (Eds.), Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research, (pp. 13-20). Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.
  • Hirsh, D. (2010). Researching vocabulary. In Brian Paltridge and Aek Phakiti (Eds.), Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, (pp. 222-239). London: Continuum.
  • Hirsh, D. (2009). Tracking academic performance: A qualitative approach. In Fred E. Anderson, Ma Yingxin & Nicholas Tarling (Eds.), The English language and the Asian student, (pp. 278-300). Shandong University Press.

Journals

  • Yamashita, Y., Nakajima, Y., Ueda, K., Shimada, Y., Hirsh, D., Seno, T., Smith, B. (2013). Acoustic analyses of speech sounds and rhythms in Japanese- and English-learning infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(February), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Phakiti, A., Hirsh, D., Woodrow, L. (2013). It’s not only English: Effects of other individual factors on English language learning and academic learning of ESL International students in Australia. Journal of Research in International Education, 12(3), 239-258. [More Information]
  • Yamashita, Y., Hirsh, D. (2011). Second Language and Cognition: Conceptual Categorization of Count/Mass Nouns in English with Japanese University Students. Asian EFL Journal, 13(2), 363-390. [More Information]
  • Matsuoka, W., Hirsh, D. (2010). Vocabulary learning through reading: Does an ELT course book provide good opportunities? Reading in a Foreign Language (Online), 22(1), 56-70.
  • Hirsh, D., Coxhead, A. (2009). Ten ways of focussing on science-specific vocabulary in EAP classrooms. EA Journal, 25(1), 5-16.
  • Zhong, H., Hirsh, D. (2009). Vocabulary growth in an English as a foreign language context. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 4, 85-113.
  • Coxhead, A., Hirsh, D. (2007). A pilot science-specific word list. Revue Francaise de Linguistique Appliquee, 12(2), 65-78.
  • Hirsh, D. (2007). English language, academic support and academic outcomes: A discussion paper. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 2(2), 193-211.
  • Read, J., Hirsh, D. (2007). Moderating assessment standards in foundation studies programmes. TESOLANZ Journal, 15, 1-15.

Edited Journals

  • Coxhead, A., Hirsh, D. (2011). University of Sydney Papers in TESOL. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 6.

Report

  • Woodrow, L., Hirsh, D., Phakiti, A. (2011). Academic Performance of ESL Graduates from USFP (University of Sydney Foundation Program) - Research report.

2013

  • Yamashita, Y., Nakajima, Y., Ueda, K., Shimada, Y., Hirsh, D., Seno, T., Smith, B. (2013). Acoustic analyses of speech sounds and rhythms in Japanese- and English-learning infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(February), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Hirsh, D. (2013). Endangered Languages, Knowledge Systems and Belief Systems. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Phakiti, A., Hirsh, D., Woodrow, L. (2013). It’s not only English: Effects of other individual factors on English language learning and academic learning of ESL International students in Australia. Journal of Research in International Education, 12(3), 239-258. [More Information]

2012

  • Hirsh, D. (2012). Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research. Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.
  • Lin, C., Hirsh, D. (2012). Manipulating instructional method: The effect on productive vocabulary use. In David Hirsh (Eds.), Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research, (pp. 117-148). Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.
  • Lee, Y., Hirsh, D. (2012). Quality and Quantity of Exposure in L2 Vocabulary Learning. In David Hirsh (Eds.), Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research, (pp. 79-116). Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.
  • Hirsh, D. (2012). Vocabulary Research: Current Themes, New Directions. In David Hirsh (Eds.), Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research, (pp. 13-20). Bern: Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.

2011

  • Woodrow, L., Hirsh, D., Phakiti, A. (2011). Academic Performance of ESL Graduates from USFP (University of Sydney Foundation Program) - Research report.
  • Yamashita, Y., Hirsh, D. (2011). Second Language and Cognition: Conceptual Categorization of Count/Mass Nouns in English with Japanese University Students. Asian EFL Journal, 13(2), 363-390. [More Information]
  • Coxhead, A., Hirsh, D. (2011). University of Sydney Papers in TESOL. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 6.

2010

  • Hirsh, D. (2010). Academic Vocabulary in Context. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Hirsh, D. (2010). Researching vocabulary. In Brian Paltridge and Aek Phakiti (Eds.), Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, (pp. 222-239). London: Continuum.
  • Matsuoka, W., Hirsh, D. (2010). Vocabulary learning through reading: Does an ELT course book provide good opportunities? Reading in a Foreign Language (Online), 22(1), 56-70.

2009

  • Paltridge, B., Harbon, L., Hirsh, D., Shen, H., Stevenson, M., Phakiti, A., Woodrow, L. (2009). Teaching Academic Writing: An Introduction for Teachers of Second Language Writers. Ann Arbor, USA: University of Michigan Press.
  • Hirsh, D., Coxhead, A. (2009). Ten ways of focussing on science-specific vocabulary in EAP classrooms. EA Journal, 25(1), 5-16.
  • Hirsh, D. (2009). Tracking academic performance: A qualitative approach. In Fred E. Anderson, Ma Yingxin & Nicholas Tarling (Eds.), The English language and the Asian student, (pp. 278-300). Shandong University Press.
  • Zhong, H., Hirsh, D. (2009). Vocabulary growth in an English as a foreign language context. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 4, 85-113.

2007

  • Coxhead, A., Hirsh, D. (2007). A pilot science-specific word list. Revue Francaise de Linguistique Appliquee, 12(2), 65-78.
  • Hirsh, D. (2007). English language, academic support and academic outcomes: A discussion paper. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 2(2), 193-211.
  • Read, J., Hirsh, D. (2007). Moderating assessment standards in foundation studies programmes. TESOLANZ Journal, 15, 1-15.

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