Next week, we have the pleasure of inviting back to the school Dr. Pauline Gibbons, a leading expert in EAL. This year, she will be working exclusively with the Senior School.

A brief biography can be found below:

Pauline Gibbons

Dr Pauline Gibbons 

Biographical Statement

Professor Pauline Gibbons began her career in the UK, but has lived in Australia for almost thirty years.  She has taught postgraduate and undergraduate TESOL courses at the University of Technology Sydney for the past twenty years, prior to which she worked as an advisor in the school sectors, working with school staffs to improve outcomes for English language learners. Before moving to Australia she spent nine years in Hong Kong, working at the Polytechnic University, and later returned as a visiting professor to the City University Kowloon. Her work with teachers has also taken her to Sweden, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, China, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Iran, Germany, UK, and USA, among other locations. Since her ‘retirement’ from university life she has been working with teachers in remote indigenous communities in Australia, with teachers across Australia, and in international schools.

Her research in recent years has focused 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 linguistic 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.

She has published extensively in the area of ESL education, including Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom: students, teachers and researchers (Continuum, 2006), and three books published by Heinemann for teachers: Learning to Learn in a Second Language (1993); Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: teaching ESL students in the mainstream classroom (2002); and English Learners, Academic Literacy and Thinking: Learning in the Challenge Zone (2009).