Supporting CALD students through technology

Using Technology to Enhance the Learning of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Academic and professional literature both suggest that learners of all ages from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds require additional, targeted support, or scaffolding, in order to receive equitable access to high-quality education. Professional bodies, such as the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, provide guidance in terms of appropriate strategies to be used by teachers in support of CALD learners. However, given the specific, individual needs of these learners, learning and teaching situations in which a significant percentage of students are from diverse backgrounds place greater demands on teachers/lecturers and institutions.

This project aims to investigate the potential for technology to enhance the ability of teachers and institutions to support CALD learners, with a particular emphasis on technology-enhanced linguistic and cultural scaffolding. Applications are sought from potential candidates interested in researching the use of technology in primary, secondary, adult, and tertiary settings in Tasmanian or Australian contexts.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Andy Bown


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • TESOL, Languages
  • Educational Technology

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Andy Bown, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the long title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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