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Ms Victoria Wilson

Name Victoria Wilson
Position Manager (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Language and Learning)
Section USQ College (English Language)
Office A248
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1811
Extension 1811
Email
Qualifications BBus QUT , BBus(Hons) QUT , MA UNE

Victoria Wilson is currently undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland. Her thesis topic is trauma-informed teaching of English as an additional language to adults. She holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from UNE with a GPA of 7.0, a Bachelor of Business (Journalism) with Distinction, and a Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Communication) from QUT. Her Honours thesis examined media discourses of terrorism in Turkey and Iraq 1991-1993. She has also completed a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Centro de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural (CLIC) International House in Seville, Spain. Prior to joining USQ in 2014, Victoria taught English as a foreign language in Japan for seven years. She has taught and developed courses in English as an additional language since 2004, for all levels of English language learners from a wide range of linguistic backgrounds. Over her working life, she has lived and worked in the UK, Ireland, Japan, and various cities across Australia.


Research interests
Trauma-informed teaching of adults; trauma & learning; refugees in education; student voice; student mental health; critical & decolonising pedagogies; decolonising research methodologies; social & environmental determinants of mental health; neoliberalism and discourses of 'wellbeing'; international education; workplace stress and mental health.

Confirmed PhD candidate at University of Queensland (Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences). Thesis title - Nothing about us without us: An investigation into trauma-informed teaching of English to speakers of other languages at universities in south-east Queensland.

Research presentations:


Invited presenter, Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) Webinar, 5 May 2021. Understanding English language learners: What works for traumatised students, and everyone else too!

Keynote speaker, VALBEC 2020 Conference, 2 December 2020. Student voice: Embracing our learners' knowledge in teaching and research.

Invited presenter, VALBEC 2020 Conference, 2 December 2020. Trauma-informed teaching of adults learning a second or other language (workshop)

Invited presenter, Education Portfolio 2020 Mindful Design Series, University of Southern Queensland, Online workshop, 25 March 2020. Teaching and learning in the international classroom

Invited presenter, South Australia TESOL Mini-Conference, Adelaide, 7 March 2020. Trauma-informed pedagogy for adult learners of EAL

Invited presenter, Faculty of English Language and Migrant Education Staff Professional Development Program, TAFE QLD, Logan Campus, 3 October 2019. Creating a Trauma-Sensitive EAL Classroom for Adults

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research Week 2019, University of Queensland, Mater Hospital, 11 June 2019. Nothing about us without us: An investigation into trauma-informed teaching of English to speakers of other languages at universities in south-east Queensland

Queensland Association of Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language (QATESOL) Mini-Conference, Toowoomba,1 June 2019. Welcome, valued and heard: A trauma-informed, humanising pedagogy for adult learners of English as an additional language

Invited presenter, Doctoral Studies Showcase, Open Access College, University of Southern Queensland, 18 April 2019 . A funny thing happened on the way to my PhD in trauma-informed teaching of adults: Learning, trauma, and mental health

Language in the study of student learning in higher education: International perspectives, University of Southern Queensland,17 October 2017. Trauma-informed teaching of English as a second or other language to adults

Inaugural Mental Health and Higher Education Conference, James Cook University, Townsville, 30 June to 1 July 2017. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Japan Association for Language Teaching JALT2016: Transformation in Language Education, Nagoya, Japan, 25-28 November 2016. Fukushima and Beyond: Teaching Trauma Survivors

QATESOL Professional Development Day, St Saviour’s College, Toowoomba, 7 May 2016. Post-traumatic stress disorder: Pedagogical implications for the English as a second or other language classroom

Pedagogical Solutions Seminar Series, Open Access College, University of Southern Queensland, 9 September 2015.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the ESL Classroom: Pedagogical Implications and Strategies

Professional memberships
Qld Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association

Industry affiliations
Founder of International Trauma Informed Adult TESOL Special Interest Group
Member of Refugee Education Special Interest Group
Member of English Australia Mental Health Special Interest Group
Member of Enabling Educators & Mental Health Special Interest Group
Member of National Tertiary Education Union

Currently teaching courses/programs
EAP7320, EAP7340, ENS7801, ENS7802, ENS7803, TPP7123

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
7 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
10 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Examiner of EAP7320


Research most notable
Wilson, V., Babaei, H., Dolmai, M.,& Sawa, S. (In press) Insider views of state-provided English language courses for refugee-background students in Australia in C. Cantat, I. Cook, & P. Rajaram (Eds.) Opening up the university: Teaching and learning with refugees. Berghahn Books.

Selected paper - highlighted as one of four papers "of exceptional quality that were chosen through consultation with the JALT editorial board. We express our congratulations to these authors and our appreciation of their well-written papers." Wilson, V. (2017). Fukushima and beyond: Teaching trauma survivors. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Transformation in language education. Tokyo: JALT. https://jalt-publications.org/proceedings/issues/2017-08_2016.1

Invited article for Fine Print, the journal of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council, as keynote speaker for 2020 VALBEC Conference.


Publications in ePrints

Wilson, Victoria (2020) Trauma-informed teaching of adults. Fine Print, 43 (2). pp. 9-14. ISSN 0159-3978

Wilson, Victoria (2017) Fukushima and beyond: teaching trauma survivors. In: JALT2016 - Transformation in Language Education, 25-28 Nov 2016, Winc Aichi, Nagoya, Japan.