Semester One 2008
Winner: Sabrin Farooqui
Paper title: Establishing truths, targeting dreams – The Secondary English textbook in Bangladesh
Sabrin Farooqui began her doctoral studies in education in March 2006 after completing her master's in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages at the University of New South Wales. Before coming to Australia she worked as lecturer in the Department of English at Eastern University in Bangladesh. Sabrin has worked as an English-language teacher in Bangladesh and Australia for more than six years. As well as studying at the faculty, she also tutors students who are studying language testing and assessment Her current research investigates the factors influencing the use of textbooks in teaching English language in secondary education in Bangladesh. Sabrin's supervisors are Dr Llian Merritt and Dr Lesley Harbon.
Highly commended: Marlène Lebreton
Paper title: Second language teaching within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program – a comparative study
This semester, the judges presented Marlène Lebreton with a “highly commended” certificate for her paper titled “Second language teaching within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program: a comparative study of the International School of Paris and St Paul’s Grammar School, Sydney”.
Marlène is undertaking her PhD in education under the auspices of both the University of Nantes (France) and at the University of Sydney (Cotutelle agreement). Her master's with the University of Nantes (France) included two studies: a comparison of an intensive ESL program in two schools in Quebec, Canada; and a comparison of precocious foreign language learning in two bilingual day-care centres in France. Her PhD research focuses on second-language teaching issues and strategies within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Marlène's research interests include international education, intercultural education, bi/pluri-lingualism, second/foreign-language teaching and learning. Her supervisors are: Dr Nigel Bagnall (University of Sydney) and Professor Jacqueline Feuillet (Universite de Nantes, France).