Past Conferences

Keynote Speakers

Pauline Gibbons, Ph.D.

Pauline Gibbons Pauline Gibbons taught postgraduate and undergraduate TESOL courses at the University of Technology Sydney for many years, and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her work with teachers has taken her to Hong Kong, Sweden, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Iran, Germany, UK, and USA, among other locations. In recent years she has been working with teachers in remote indigenous communities in Australia, with EAL/D teachers across Australia, and as a consultant in international schools in South East Asia.


A major focus of her research has been on the ways that teachers can provide an intellectually challenging curriculum for their English language learners, while at the same time providing them with the language scaffolding essential to the development of academic language and literacy across the curriculum. This focus on a 'high challenge, high support' learning environment is the context for much of her current work with teachers.