Susan Poetsch - Lecturer

(B.A. Dip. Ed., Grad. Dip. TEFL, M.A. App. Ling.)

Susan joined the staff of the Koori Centre in 2010 as a lecturer. She teaches units of study in Indigenous education, Indigenous languages education and Indigenous Australian studies.
Prior to taking up this position she was a curriculum officer in the Aboriginal Curriculum Unit of the Board of Studies NSW. Her role there involved working with Aboriginal community members, linguists and school staff to implement the NSW Aboriginal Languages K – 10 Syllabus and develop local programs in various locations across the state. Her work at the Board of Studies also involved working with teachers and community members to incorporate Aboriginal and Indigenous content and perspectives across the curriculum.

Susan’s experience also includes her work as a research assistant on the Australian National Placenames Survey at Macquarie University, a project officer for the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Inc., a teacher-linguist for the Katherine Region Aboriginal Languages Centre in the Northern Territory, an English language teacher in China, Korea and Sydney and a primary school teacher on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

Research interests

Susan is undertaking a thesis as part of the Aboriginal Child Language Acquisition Project http://linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/research/projects/ACLA2/. Her interests also include the learning and teaching of Indigenous languages, community language revitalisation initiatives, school-community collaboration in curriculum projects, dictionaries for Indigenous language communities, and placenames of Indigenous origin in Australia.

Publications

Poetsch, S. Languages on the national scene: Indigenous languages. In Languages Victoria, journal of the Modern Languages Teachers’ Association of Victoria, Vol. 15, No. 1, July 2011, p43-46

Hobson, J., K. Lowe, S. Poetsch & M. Walsh (Ed.s). (2010). Re-Awakening Languages: Theory & Practice in the Revitalisation of Australia’s Indigenous Languages. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
Available http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781920899554

McNaboe, D. & S. Poetsch. Language revitalisation: Community and school programs working together. In Hobson, J., K. Lowe, S. Poetsch & M. Walsh (Ed.s). (2010). Re-Awakening Languages: Theory & Practice in the Revitalisation of Australia’s Indigenous Languages. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Rhydwen, M., E. Parolin, J. Munro & S. Poetsch. (2007). Report on School-based Aboriginal Language Program Activity in NSW During 2006. Available http://ab-ed.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/resources/languages

Poetsch, S. (2006). Feasibility Study for a NSW Aboriginal Languages Development Institute. Revitalising Aboriginal Languages in NSW. A review of key documents and current initiatives. Unpublished report prepared by the Koori Centre, University of Sydney for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs NSW.

Corris, M., C. Manning, S. Poetsch & J. Simpson. How useful and usable are dictionaries for speakers of Australian Indigenous languages? In International Journal of Lexicography, Volume 17, Number 1, March 2004.

Corris, M., C. Manning, S. Poetsch & J. Simpson. Dictionaries and endangered languages. In Bradley, D. & M. Bradley (Ed.s). (2002). Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance. London: Routledge Curzon, Taylor & Francis Group.

Corris, M., C. Manning, S. Poetsch & J. Simpson. Bilingual dictionaries for Australian Languages: User studies on the place of paper and electronic dictionaries. In U. Heid, S. Evert, E. Lehmann & C. Roher (Ed.s). Proceedings of the Ninth EURALEX International Congress, 8-12 August 2000, Volume 1, p169-181. University of Stuttgart, Germany: Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung.

Editor 2000 – 2005 of Placenames Australia, Newsletter of the Australian National Placenames Survey. Sydney: Macquarie University. Available www.anps.org.au/news.html

Conference presentations

Poetsch, S. Revitalising Aboriginal Languages in NSW. Contributions from School Programs. Paper presented at Bridging the Gap Through the Contributions of Education and Social Work, a Symposium presented by the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Koori Centre st the University of Sydney, 27 August 2010.

Cairncross, J. Taylor, A. & S. Poetsch. Aboriginal and Indigenous perspectives and content across the curriculum. Aboriginal Studies Association Conference, Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 26 – 27 November 2009.

Hobson, J. & S. Poetsch. Aboriginal languages syllabus implementation and teacher training. Aboriginal Studies Association Conference, Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 26 – 27 November 2009.

Poetsch, S. School-community partnerships for Aboriginal languages programs in NSW. Australian Federation of Modern Languages Teachers’ Associations, 17th Biennial Conference, Dialogue, Discourse, Diversity. Sydney, 9 – 12 July 2009.

Poetsch, S. Fostering revitalisation through teaching and learning small languages in schools in NSW. 1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, 12 – 17 March 2009.
Available http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/4990

Anderson, G., Brown, W. Maier, S., Poetsch, S. & G. Worthy. Promoting reconciliation through teaching and learning Aboriginal languages. 4Rs conference: Rights Reconciliation Respect Responsibility. University of Technology, Sydney, 30 September – 3 October 2008.

McNaboe, D. & S. Poetsch. Revitalising Aboriginal languages through school programs in NSW. World Indigenous People’s Conference – Education, Melbourne, 7 – 11 December 2008.

Poetsch S. & J. Tillett. Working to revive language in a school setting. Bayala Ngarala, the Indigenous Languages Institute of Lingfest. Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 7 – 9 July 2008.

Munro, J. & S. Poetsch. It just takes one interested person: The ripple effect of enhancing community capacity in language revival activities in NSW. Indigenous Languages Conference, Adelaide, 25 – 27 September 2007

Besold, J., Brown, J., Munro, J., Poetsch, S. & D. Prosser. Panel discussion: The ripple effect of enhancing community capacity in language revival activities in NSW. Indigenous Languages Conference, Adelaide, 25 – 27 September 2007.


Contact Details

Phone: (02) 9351 5202
Toll Free: 1800 622 742
Fax: (02) 9351 6924
Location: Room 214 Old Teachers College
Email: susan.poetsch@sydney.edu.au