A long journey: the experience of writing a thesis

During the month of August, the Office of Doctoral Studies will present a seminar series centered around the theme of "A long journey: the experience of writing a thesis". The presenters will be our own recent graduates from higher research degrees, Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Getting started with writing

Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018
Time: 4-5.30pm
Venue: Room 458, Education Building A35
RSVP: No need to RSVP, just turn up on the day


Gill Pennington was working as an EAL/D consultant for the ACT Department of Education when she completed her Masters of TESOL at Canberra University. On moving back to Sydney in 2007 to take up the role of Multicultural/ESL consultant in south-western Sydney, she began her doctoral studies part-time at Sydney University. Her research into storytelling in a multilingual community was completed earlier this year, and she now tutors in the Primary Unit of Study Teaching in a Multilingual Classroom. She is currently working as a Project Manager within the NSW Department of Education, coordinating research into the impact of ICT on the teaching of writing in primary schools. She is a council member and past president of ATESOL NSW.

Trina Supit began teaching languages (Latin, French, Indonesian) at Burwood GHS. After three years teaching EFL in Jakarta, she returned to Australia and became a volunteer in parent organisations such as Nursing Mothers Association, Playgroup Association, Mothers’ Club, representing parents at local, state and national level. eturning to teaching she chaired the SC and HSC Indonesian syllabus committees and various exam committees. She represented the Modern Language Teachers Association (MLTA) at state level on the Joint Council of Professional Teacher Associations and at national level on the AFMLTA, editing the quarterly AFMLTA Bulletin. She later worked as a team leader at OTEN and in Moree District (also representing NSW Education Officers, Consultants and Advisors [OCAA] on NSWTF Council) before taking leave without pay to join the Education Division of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor. She returned to Moree District but after 18 months was sent back to Timor Leste at the request of the Timorese Education Department to work in teacher training, sometimes supporting UNICEF. Trina then spent three years as a long-term consultant on an AusAID education decentralisation project in East Java. This was followed by several consultancies with UNESCO, Jakarta. More recently Trina developed distance teaching and learning materials for a new national curriculum syllabus, Heritage Indonesian. Since 2012 Trina has monitored three elections in Timor Leste and one in Myanmar.
She is currently a member of Timor Leste Studies Association, East Timor Action Network, Oceania Comparative and International Education Society, Asian Studies Association.

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