Dr Victoria Wilson
|Position||Manager (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Language and Learning)|
|Section||UniSQ College (English Language)|
|Phone||+61 7 4631 1811|
|Qualifications||BBus QUT , BBus(Hons) QUT , MA UNE , PhD Qld|
Victoria Wilson has a PhD (University of Queensland) in trauma-informed teaching of English as an additional language to adults. She has presented widely on this topic at teaching organisations and conferences in Australia, Japan, and France.
Victoria also holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from UNE, 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.
Trauma-informed teaching of adults; trauma & learning; refugee-background students and English as a second language education; culturally responsive pedagogies for adult CALD students; student voice; student mental health; critical pedagogies; decolonising research methodologies; social & environmental determinants of mental health; neoliberalism and discourses of 'wellbeing'; international education; workplace stress and mental health.
Completed PhD thesis in 2022. 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.
External research presentations:
Invited presenter, AMEP Virtual Professional Learning Conference 2022 "Flourishing through change", 15/11/22. Trauma-informed tuition for adult EAL learners.
Guest speaker, TasTESOL Term 3 Forum. 5/9/22. English language learners and trauma informed learning.
Invited presenter, English Australia Mental Health SIG Symposium: Brave New World, 3-4/8/22. Human Informed TESOL: Lessons from trauma-informed practice that help all learners.
Invited presenter, Professional Development Online Session: Supporting students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, 24/6/2022, Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia. Trauma-informed principles for student-facing staff.
Presenter, The Paris Conference on Education, Paris, 16/6/22. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Trauma-informed English language teaching to adults.
Invited presenter, 'Opening up the University: Teaching and learning with Refugees' Book Launch, Vienna, 29/4/22. Chapter 10: Insider views on English language pathway programmes to Australian universities.
Invited presenter, Culturally Responsive Teaching for Students from Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Backgrounds (SRABs) Symposium, WSU, 5/7/21. Trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and strength-based teaching.
Guest speaker, Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) Webinar, 5/5/21. Understanding English language learners: What works for traumatised students, and everyone else too!
Keynote speaker, VALBEC 2020 Conference, Melbourne, 2/12/20. Student voice: Embracing our learners' knowledge in teaching and research.
Guest speaker, VALBEC 2020 Conference, Melbourne, 2 December 2020. Trauma-informed teaching of adults learning a second or other language (workshop).
Invited presenter, South Australia TESOL Mini-Conference, Adelaide, 7/3/20. 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, 3/10/19. Creating a Trauma-Sensitive EAL Classroom for Adults.
Presenter, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research Week 2019, University of Queensland, Mater Hospital, 11/6/19. Nothing about us without us: An investigation into trauma-informed teaching of English to speakers of other languages at universities in south-east Queensland.
Presenter, Queensland Association of Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language (QATESOL) Mini-Conference, Toowoomba,1/6/19. Welcome, valued and heard: A trauma-informed, humanising pedagogy for adult learners of English as an additional language.
Presenter, Inaugural Mental Health and Higher Education Conference, James Cook University, Townsville, 3/6-1/7/17. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Presenter, Japan Association for Language Teaching JALT2016: Transformation in Language Education, Nagoya, Japan, 25-28/11/16. Fukushima and Beyond: Teaching Trauma Survivors.
Presenter, QATESOL Professional Development Day, St Saviour’s College, Toowoomba, 7/5/16. Post-traumatic stress disorder: Pedagogical implications for the English as a second or other language classroom.
Qld Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
International Academic Forum
Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
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 ASTSS Forced Migration Special Interest Group
Member of National Tertiary Education Union
ACS1, EAP7320, EAP7340, ENS7803, TPP111
Examiner of ACS1 and TPP111