Dr Peter Mickan

Peter Mickan
Visiting Research Fellow
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts

Brief career overview
My research is on language learning and language use for participation in society with the focus on text analysis for transforming languages pedagogy and curriculum.
My career in language education began as a teacher of German and English languages in secondary schools in South Australia and Germany. I then spent six years as program manager in the Curriculum Directorate of the South Australian Education Department with responsibility for languages policy implementation, curriculum development and evaluation for teaching Vietnamese, Khmer, French and German languages , and professional development of languages teachers in primary and secondary schools.
My next position was as lecturer in the postgraduate TESOL program in the University of South Australia with specialisations in second language acquisition and qualitative research methodologies and with duties including Project Officer for the National Language and Literacy Institute of Australia.
From 2000 to 2015 I held the positions of Lecturer, Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Adelaide. I developed and managed the Postgraduate Applied Linguistics program. My research is on language learning and teaching, curriculum development and revival of German language in South Australian communities including the Barossa Valley region.
My current academic positions are:
1. Visiting Research Fellow in Linguistics, University of Adelaide;
2. University Fellow, School of Academic Language and Learning, Charles Darwin University.

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Dr Peter Mickan

Brief career overview
My research is on language learning and language use for participation in society with the focus on text analysis for transforming languages pedagogy and curriculum.
My career in language education began as a teacher of German and English languages in secondary schools in South Australia and Germany. I then spent six years as program manager in the Curriculum Directorate of the South Australian Education Department with responsibility for languages policy implementation, curriculum development and evaluation for teaching Vietnamese, Khmer, French and German languages , and professional development of languages teachers in primary and secondary schools.
My next position was as lecturer in the postgraduate TESOL program in the University of South Australia with specialisations in second language acquisition and qualitative research methodologies and with duties including Project Officer for the National Language and Literacy Institute of Australia.
From 2000 to 2015 I held the positions of Lecturer, Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Adelaide. I developed and managed the Postgraduate Applied Linguistics program. My research is on language learning and teaching, curriculum development and revival of German language in South Australian communities including the Barossa Valley region.
My current academic positions are:
1. Visiting Research Fellow in Linguistics, University of Adelaide;
2. University Fellow, School of Academic Language and Learning, Charles Darwin University.

Biography/ Background

My current positions are as Visiting Research Fellow (Applied Linguistics) in the Faculty of Arts University of Adelaide, and University Fellow in the School of Language and Learning, Charles Darwin University. I established and managed the Postgraduate Applied Linguistics program in the University of Adelaide (2000-2015), designing and teaching in postgraduate courses in Language and Meaning (Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics), Language and Learning, English for Academic Purposes, Language Teaching in Specific Settings and Language Teaching Methods.

Theoretically my work is based on Professor Halliday's Functional Linguistics with the focus on text analysis and language as a social semiotic and learning as socialisation experiences. The theory frames my publications and research projects in text-based curriculum design and pedagogy, in academic literacies, in language and literacy, in workplace communication, in German language revival, and in high stakes language assessment.

In April 2017 I was appointed as University Fellow with the School of Academic Language and Learning In Charles Darwin University

His most recent books include

Mickan, P and I. Wallace (commissioned editors) Routledge Handbook of Language Education Curriculum Design. Routledge

Mickan, P & E. Lopez (eds) (2017) Text-Based Research and Teaching: a Social Semiotic Perspective on Language in Use. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke, UK

Mickan, P. 2013 Language Curriculum Design and Socialisation Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Brief career overview

  • Teacher of German and English languages in secondary schools in South Australia and Germany;
  • Project Director in the Curriculum Directorate of the South Australian Education Department with responsibility for languages policy implementation, curriculum evaluation and development in Vietnamese, Khmer, French and German languages, and inservice training of languages teachers in Reception to Year 12 schools.
  • Lecturer in postgraduate TESOL program in the University of South Australia with specialisations in second language acquisition and qualitative research methodologies; Project Officer for the National Language and Literacy Institute of Australia;
  • Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Adelaide, with responsibility for introduction and management of Applied Linguistics program, research and PhD supervision.
  • Qualifications

    Ph.D (Applied Linguistics) - Macquarie University

    Master of Education (Honours) - Wollongong University

    Diploma of Education - Flinders University

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Adelaide

    Teaching Interests

    Peter Mickan has a record of successful supervision of doctoral and masters research students. The studies applied text analyses  across many domains of language use. The investigations included text-based teaching and curriculum design basedon Functional Linguistics; academic literacies and interdisicplinary studies; IELTS assessment; inquiry-based teaching; bilingual upbringing of children; and revival linguistics with a focus on heritage speakers of German in the Barossa Valley

Research Interests

Peter Mickan's research is based theoretically on social theory and language as a social semiotic. The theory frames his studies in adult literacy, in education, in workplace communication, in assessment and in curriculum design. He is currently directing research projects on:

  • Text-based curriculum design and pedagogy;
  • Academic literacies and interdisciplinary studies;
  • First and second language socialisation and learning;
  • Language proficiency assessment (IELTS research projects);
  • Barossa German language documentation, maintenance and revival;
  • Language revival (Indigenous language, Ngarrindjeri); 
  • Bilingualism and bilingual education.

     

    Professional Associations

    Editorial Board Member

    Language and Education
    TESOL in Context
    Iranian Journal of Language Studies

    Community Engagement

    Academic Board Member

    Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide, South Australia

Project Barossa Deutsch/Barossa: German Language Documentation, Maintenance and Revival.

I am involved in a major project is the documentation, maintenance and renewal of German use in the Barossa Valley and South Australia. The community in the Barossa has established the Barossa German Language Association to support German language use and teaching.

One of the initial activities was the documentation of speakers descended from settlers in the mid-nineteenth century. Simon Royal has filmed some aspects for the project. Here is a link to a recent news report on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation [ABC].

 

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 University Fellow Charles Darwin University
2016 Management Committee School of German Language
2016 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2016 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2015 Barossa German Language Association Inc. Incorporated community organisation
2000 - 2015 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
1995 - 2000 Lecturer in TESOL Postgraduate Program University of South Australia

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can peer review
German Can peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2001 Macquarie University Australia PhD, Macquarie University.
1997 University of Wollongong Australia Master of Education (Honours)
1973 Flinders University Australia Diploma of Education
1968 University of Adelaide Australia 1968 Bachelor of Arts (Honours),

Keywords

Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics, Education, Education Assessment and Evaluation, Education Policy, English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy, English as a Second Language, German Language, Language, Communication and Culture, Languages & Linguistics, Linguistics, LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy, Secondary Education

Journals

Date Citation
2016 Mickan,PF, Alamiri,Z, 2016, What Makes the Qurʾānic Narratives Cohesive? Systemic Functional Linguistics-Based Analysis of Reference Role: Some Reflections, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies • 16 (2016): 199-219, 16, 199-219
2014 Mickan,PF, moghaddam,S, 2014, Iranian Students’ preparation for IELTS; Development of Verbal Argumentative Texts, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, -
2013 Chuk,T, Mickan,P, 2013, A social semiotics account of the use of augmented reality in education: its value and potential, The International Journal of Technologies in Learning, 19, 3, 25-32
2013 Mickan,P, 2013, Social semiotics and academic literacies: An epistemological approach to the study of disciplinary discourses, International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research, 2, 1, 65-76
2008 Teramoto,H, Mickan,P, 2008, Writing a critical review: Reflections on literacy practices, Language Awareness, 17, 1, 44-56 10.2167/la433.0
2007 Mickan,P, 2007, Doing science and home economics: Curriculum socialisation of new arrivals in Australia, Language and Education, 21, 2, 107-123 10.2167/le652.0
2007 Mickan,PF, Abu BAkar,N, 2007, Exploring learning in a computer-based environment in a Malaysian secondary ESL classroom, Malaysian Online Journalof e-Learning, 2, 2, 1-15
2007 Mickan,P, Lucas,K, Davies,B, Lim,MO, 2007, Socialisation and contestation in an ESL class of adolescent African refugees, Prospect, 22, 2, 4-24
2006 Mickan,P, 2006, Socialisation through teacher talk in an Australian bilingual class, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 9, 3, 342-358 10.1080/13670050608668653

Books

Date Citation
2017 2017, P. Mickan, E. Lopez (eds) (2017) Text-Based Research and Teaching: a Social Semiotic Perspective on Language in Use. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, UK
2014 Mickan,PF, 2014, An investigation of IELTS preparation courses for university study: Development of written and verbal argumentative texts, Scholars' Press, 1-676
2013 Mickan,P, 2013, Language curriculum design and socialisation, Multilingual Matters, United Kingdom, 1-160
2007 2007, Social practices, pedagogy and language use: studies in socialisation, Lythrum Press, South Australia
2007 2007, Social practices, pedagogy and language use: studies in socialisation, Lythrum Press, South Australia

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2016 Alyousef,H, Mickan,P, 2016, Literacy and numeracy practices in postgraduate management accounting, pp. 216-240 10.1163/9789004312067_012
2009 Mickan,P, Motteram,J, 2009, The preparation practices of IELTS candidates: Case studies, IELTS Australia Pty Limited, pp. 223-262
2007 Yu,SH, Mickan,P, 2007, Participation and Power in an EFL Classroom in Taiwan: Who's Talking First?, Pearson, Malaysia, pp. 66-78
2006 Mickan,P, 2006, Socialisation, social practices and teaching, Lythrum Press, Adelaide, pp. 7-23
2005 Sit,M, Mickan,P, Gray,C, 2005, Building academic discourse skills in chat rooms, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, 30 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258352, pp. 209-219
2004 Mickan,P, 2004, Teaching strategies, Australian Public Intellectual Network, Curtin Uni of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, pp. 193-214
2004 Mickan,P, 2004, Teaching methodologies, Australian Public Intellectual Network, Curtin Uni of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, pp. 171-191
2003 Mickan,P, Slater,S, 2003, Text analysis and the assessment of academic writing, IELTS Australia Pty Limited, Canberra, pp. 59-88
2003 Mickan,P, 2003, 'What's your score?' An investigation into language descriptors for rating written performance, IELTS Australia Pty Limited, Canberra, pp. 125-157
2000 Mickan,P, Slater,S, Gibson,C, 2000, A study of response validity of the IELTS writing module, IELTS Australia Pty Limited, Canberra, Australia, pp. 29-48

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2011 Cameron,B, Sandor,C, Mickan,P, 2011, Social semiotic analysis of the design space of augmented reality, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality - Arts, Media, and Humanities, Basel 10.1109/ISMAR-AMH.2011.6093666
2008 Cominos,N, Mickan,P, Bruening,M, 2008, You've got to use street talk - Australian medical practice and international medical graduates, Association of Health Professional Education ANZAME Conference (now ANZAHPE), Sydney, Australia
2008 Gale,M, Mickan,P, 2008, Nripun your ko:pi: we want more than body parts, but how?, Indigenous Languages Conference (ILC), Adelaide
2003 Mickan,P, 2003, The linguistic construction of curriculum and the assessment of subject specific knowledge, Curriculum Conference (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia
Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2013/2014 Barossa German Project

Dr Peter Mickan, Professor Claudia Riehl, Kateryna Katsman

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst $20,000.00
2008 Indigenous Language Teachers Training Program (Stage 2) CI Dr Peter Mickan, Dr Maryanne Fed. Dept. of Communications, Information, Technology and the Arts (DCITA) $38,500.00
2007 Student preparation for IELTS examination Dr Peter Mickan International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Australia Pty Ltd

$14,000.00

2007 Schooling, socialisation and settlement experiences of refugee immigrants – a longitudinal study Dr Peter Mickan Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2007 Small Grant Scheme $7,800.00
2006 Schooling, socialisation and settlement experiences of refugee immigrants – a longitudinal study Dr Peter Mickan Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2006 Small Grant Scheme $7,000.00
2006 2006 Indigenous Language Teachers Training Program (Stage 1) Dr Peter Mickan, Dr Maryanne Fed. Dept. of Communications, Information, Technology and the Arts (DCITA) $77,000.00
2005 An ethnographic study of classroom instruction in an IELTS preparation program Dr Peter Mickan International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Australia Pty Ltd $19,138.00
2005 Socialisation experiences of immigrants on humanitarian visas in South Australia Dr Peter Mickan Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2005 Small Grant Scheme $6,700.00
2003/2004 Evaluation of DECS curriculum framework ESL Scope and Scales Dr Peter Mickan

Faculty Early Career Grant $3,783

Industry funding: DECS - ESL teacher release $5,000

$8,783.00

2002 Linguistic construction of curriculum: the text analysis of curriculum statements for biology, English and geography. Dr Peter Mickan

Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia

$16,000.00

2001 Multimedia language teaching - German online Dr Peter Mickan Australian-German Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

$13,500.00

2001 What's your score? An investigation into performance descriptors for rating written performance Dr Peter Mickan

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Australia Pty Ltd

$9,915.00

2000 Artsvan applications—applications of video-streaming. Peter Mickan Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Adelaide University $4,000.00
1999 A study of response validity of the IELTS Writing Subtest Stage 2  Peter Mickan, Steve Slater

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Australia Pty Ltd

$17,000.00
1998 Improving the quality of oral, academic discourse between lecturers and overseas students Peter Mickan, Charles Clennell Innovative Teaching and Learning Project, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of South Australia $7,500.00
1998 A study of response validity of the IELTS Writing Subtest Peter Mickan, Steve Slater and Carol Gibson:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Australia Pty Ltd

$13,700.00
1996 How do we train overseas students to be more efficient communicators? Peter MIckan, Charles Clennell University of South Australia Grant Scheme: Researching Flexible Approaches to Tertiary Teaching and Learning $4,500.00
1996 Linguistic limitations in English language proficiency Peter Mickan, Charles Cl Industry funded: Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA) $4,000.00
1995 Development of Language Specific Resources for Distance Education Training Courses Peter Mickan DEET funded National Priority Reserve Funded project $100,000.00
1994 Post-Implementation Review of the ILOTES Program, the Asian Studies Program and the Asian Languages and Studies Elements of the NPRF Don Plimer, Jill Burton, Peter Mickan DEET funded project $100,000.00
1994 Documentation of a Bilingual Program; the project documented a Grade One Italian bilingual program Peter Mickan DEET/NLLIA/SATCC funded $21,000.00
1993 LOTE [Languages other than English] Open Learning Evaluation Project a national evaluation of open learning LOTE teaching Peter Mickan, Jill Burton DEET funded $100,000.00

 

Teaching

I have over 30 years experience in linguistics and language education, teaching in secondary schools, managing curriculum development and teacher inservice in the Curriculum Directorate of the SA Department of Education, lecturing in postgraduate teacher education in the University of S.A., and in Linguistics in our University. My early teaching was in German and English in South Australia and in Germany.

In the Curriculum Directorate of the SA Department of Education I managed languages policy implementation, curriculum development in French, Khmer and Vietnamese languages, and managed innovative inservice training of languages teachers across South Australia, involving teachers’ action research (Burton & Mickan 1993a,b).

For the TESOL Program in the University of South Australia I wrote and taught the postgraduate Second Language Acquisition course for distance learning.

In the University of Adelaide I am a specialist in language education and literacy, with first and second language acquisition and applications to teaching languages as areas of expertise, as well as academic and workplace literacies. I introduced and taught foundational courses on Language Learning for undergraduate Level 2 and 3 students. I initiated, designed, coordinated and delivered the core courses in the PGCW Applied Linguistics program. I have designed, coordinated and delivered courses in different modes of delivery - intensive, distance, face-to-face - in the University of SA and in the University of Adelaide.

Research PhD & MA by Research* dissertations: Principal supervisor

I have supervised a large cohort of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students in the Discipline of Linguistics. As a result of my building the postgraduate Applied Linguistics community in the University of Adelaide, supervision was an increasing role in my workload, with students completing the MA Applied Linguistics and continuing with PhD research. The following list does not include HDR students for whom I was co-supervisor.

HDR Completions (Principal or Sole Supervisor)

Guan Eng, Ho (2003) Exploring the socio-cultural structure of formal ESL instruction in classroom talk: a case study of a secondary school in Brunei

Sornchai, Mungthaisong (2003) Constructing EFL literacy practices: a qualitative investigation in intertextual talk in Thai university language classes.

Ward, Maurice (2004) Contracting participation out of union culture: patterns of modality and interactional moves in a labour contract settlement.

Fazelimanie, Ayatollah (2004) A linguistic analysis of some ESP texts used in Iranian universities with special focus on cohesion in texts of business and commerce.

Abu Bakar, Nadzrah (2005) Computers for teaching English as a second language (secondary school) in Malaysia: a case study.

Yu, Shu-Hui (2006) Listening and speaking skill development in a Taiwanese tertiary EFL context: Manipulating power-in-interaction for participation.

*Mackey, Faye (2006) “I never used to read”. Patterns of talk in regulative and instructional discourse: A Systemic Funcational approach to analysing a literacy difficulty

Lim, Mi-ok (2007) Exploring social practices in English classes: a qualitative investigation of classroom talk in a Korean secondary school.

Moghaddam, Sharif (2010) Students' preparation for IELTS: development of written and oral argumentative texts.

Teramoto, Hiromi (2010) New-arrival-ness as a social construct: a qualitative case study.

Zoghi, Aramesh (2011) Aims, expectations and caring in Australian year 12 ESL: a case study of curriculum and classroom practice.

Tariq, Elyas (2011) Diverging identities: a 'contextualised' exploration of the interplay of competing discourses in two Saudi university classrooms.

Srinon, Udom (2011) A longitudinal study of developments in the academic writing of Thai university students in the context of a genre based pedagogy.

Poh Yoke Chu, Celine (2011) Picture book reading in a new arrival context: a multimodal perspective on teaching reading.

Cominos, Nayia (2011) Managing the subjective: Exploring dialogistic positioning in undergraduate essays.

Vo, Duc Vuy (2012) A discourse analysis of English-Vietnamese news reports.

Rebelos, Margareta (2013) Bringing up a child bilingually

Pineh, Aiyoub (2013) Grammatical metaphor: Consciousness-raising, teaching of nominalisation and abstractions in EFL academic writers

Alyousef, Hesham (2014) Investigating international postgraduate business students’ multimodal literacy and numeracy practices: a multidimensional approach

Martin, Jodie (2014) On notes and knowers: The representation, evaluation and legitimisation of jazz

Widodo, H. P. (2015) The development of vocational English materials from a social semiotic perspective: Participatory action research

*Alamiri, Zaid. (2017) Applying SFL in the Quran: Textual metafunction in some of the Quranic narratives of Abraham.

Postgraduate MA Applied Linguistics Dissertations

I have supervised as sole Supervisor over 80 independently examined, successful minor dissertations (18,000 words) in the MA Applied Linguistics program at the University of Adelaide (Full list available on request). I introduced the practice of examination by two independent examiners for purposes of quality assurance. (See Mickan et al 2006; Mickan & Lopez 2017)

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2004 Consulting Editor TESOL in Context

Consulting/Advisories

Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
1995 South Australian Institute of Languages (SAIL)
Position
Visiting Research Fellow
Phone
83135917
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building
Room Number
6 16
Org Unit
Linguistics

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