Andy Bown

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Andy Bown

Lecturer in Languages and TESOL

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Dr Andy Bown is a lecturer in Languages and TESOL in the Faculty of Education. He has almost 30 years' experience as a lecturer, language teacher, department manager, and educational technology specialist. Prior to joining UTAS in 2015, he worked in the UK, France, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. He speaks French and Thai and is interested in all areas of language education.


After graduating with a BA(Hons) in French and Linguistics from the University of York in the UK, Andy began his teaching career in Thailand, where he taught English at Sripatum University. He then moved to France in 1996, where he taught English and developed internet-based courses for a language school in Paris. In 1999, Andy moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he worked as a language teacher, academic coordinator, IT and Educational Technology supervisor, and English Language/Foundations program chair for the Higher Colleges of Technology. During this time, he also completed an MEd in Educational Technology & English Language Teaching from the University of Manchester (UK) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University in Sydney. Andy has been working at UTAS as a lecturer in Languages and TESOL since 2015.

Career summary


  • PhD, 'Using a virtual learning environment for the development of L2 academic reading' Macquarie University, Australia, 2015
  • MEd, 'The usefulness of guided feedback in a web-based IELTS reading programme for Arab learners.' University of Manchester, UK, 2004
  • Dip (TESOL), Trinity College London, UK, 1998
  • Cert (TEFLA), RSA/Cambridge, UK, 1993
  • BA (Hons), University of York, UK, 1992

Languages (other than English)

French, Thai


Professional practice

  • UTAS rep on the State Council of the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Tasmania
  • Membership of Thailand TESOL

Administrative expertise

Andy managed the Foundations, English, IT and Educational Technology departments at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE.


Teaching expertise

Andy currently teaches EPR215, Languages and Language Acquisition in the BEd Primary program and EMT609, Languages and Culture in the MTEACH program.

Teaching responsibility

Currently teaching and coordinating the following units:

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Andy's research focuses on the use of technology to support language learning in both foreign language and culturally and linguistically diverse learning contexts.

  • Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Mobile-assisted Language Learning
  • Second Language Reading
  • Educational Technology
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Testing

Fields of Research

  • Applied linguistics and educational linguistics (470401)
  • LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy (390108)
  • Educational technology and computing (390405)

Research Objectives

  • Other education and training (169999)


Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2020Alharthi M, Bown A, Pullen D, 'The use of social media platforms to enhance vocabulary developing in learning a new language: a review of the literature', Arab World English Journal, (Sp. Iss. 6) pp. 318-331. ISSN 2229-9327 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.24093/awej/call6.21 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Pullen D


2020Alqarni A, Bown A, Pullen D, Maters J, 'Mobile assisted language learning in learning Arabic as a second language in Saudi Arabia', Saudi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 5, (2) pp. 108-115. ISSN 2415-6256 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.36348/sjhss.2020.v05i02.009 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pullen D; Maters J


2020To VT, Swabey KJ, Bown AN, Thai B, 'Multiple perspectives on the benefits of teaching of Vietnamese to preschool children in an Australian early childhood context', International Journal of Early Years Education, 30, (2) pp. 339-354. ISSN 0966-9760 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2020.1814220 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: To VT; Swabey KJ


2018Alenezi MQ, Kebble PG, Fluck A, Yang Y, Bown A, 'Constructing identities online- an exploratory study of Saudi youths' strategies', Arab World English Journal, Special Issue on CALL, (4) pp. 242-259. ISSN 2229-9327 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.24093/awej/call4.19 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Fluck A; Yang Y


2018Bown A, 'Supporting online L2 academic reading comprehension with computer-mediated synchronous discussion and elaborative feedback', The Reading Matrix, 18, (1) pp. 41-63. ISSN 1533-242X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018Hedayati M, Reynolds B, Bown A, 'The impact of computer-assisted language learning training on teachers' practices', Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 9, (6) pp. 1127-1137. ISSN 1798-4769 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.17507/jltr.0906.02 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Hedayati M; Reynolds B


2017Bown A, 'Elaborative feedback to enhance online second language reading comprehension', English Language Teaching, 10, (12) pp. 164-171. ISSN 1916-4742 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5539/elt.v10n12p164 [eCite] [Details]



(1 outputs)
2017F J, Pullen D, Swabey K, Carroll A, Lombard S, et al., 'Lifespan Development in an Educational Context: Edited Book', John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Australia, pp. 495. ISBN 9780730345619 (2017) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: F J; Pullen D; Swabey K; Lombard S; Heath A

Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2017Pullen D, F J, Bown A, Swabey K, 'Human development and health promotion', ifespan Development in an Educational Context: Edited Book, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, J F,D Pullen, K Swabey, A Carroll, S Lombard, A Heath, Y Isreal-Cohen, P O' Grady, MP Garate, A Bown (ed), Australia, pp. 434-445. ISBN 9780730345619 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Pullen D; F J; Swabey K

Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2019Sain N, Nawi SM, Yusof GK, Sidhu GK, Bown A, et al., 'Investigating Malaysian undergraduates' online research performance in embracing education 4.0', Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Education & Languages for Students & Adults Learners (ELSA 2019), 17-18 September 2019, Perak, Malaysia, pp. 44-62. ISBN 978-967-5741-87-6 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Fluck A


2017Hedayati M, Reynolds B, Bown A, 'Investigating CALL Teachers' Contextualised Views of their Evolving Roles', Proceedings of the 10th International Conference ICT for Language Learning, 9-10 November 2017, Florence, Italy, pp. 184-188. ISBN 978-88-6292-940-0 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hedayati M; Reynolds B


2017Sain N, Bown A, Fluck A, Kebble P, 'ESL learners' online research and comprehension strategies', CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions - short papers from EUROCALL 2017, France, pp. 271-276. ISBN 978-2-490057-04-7 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2017.eurocall2017.725 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Fluck A; Kebble P


2015Kebble PG, Bown AN, 'Digital technologies & language teaching: real innovation or just another fad?', Proceedings of the TasTESOL 2015 conference, 21 March, Sacred Heart College, Hobart, pp. 3. (2015) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Kebble PG


(1 outputs)
2015Bown AN, 'Using a Virtual Learning Environment for the Development of L2 Academic Reading' (2015) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2021Hennebry-Leung M, Bown A, Short M, 'Thinking of taking a language in year 11 and 12? Here's what you need to know', The Conversation, Australia, 2 August 2021, pp. 1-3. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Hennebry-Leung M; Short M


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Capturing Professional Teaching Practice: Innovative use of digital portfolios to enhance graduate teacher performance and career progression (2021)$20,000
University of Tasmania ($20,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pullen DL; Parks MC; Clayton SM; Bown AN

Research Supervision

Andy is currently supervising several PhD candidates in the areas of Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Reading, and Mobile/Computer-assisted Language Learning. He is interested in attracting new candidates in these areas, particularly those with a focus on the use of technology in culturally and linguistically diverse educational settings.






PhDParental Involvement and Expectation for their Children's Education in Rural and Urban China2019
PhDEnglish as a Second Language Acquisition: Challenges faced by the teachers in teaching of English language in Pakistani Primary School2019
PhDPaper or Screen? Text medium and the assessment of inferential and evaluative reading comprehension2019
PhDThe Archipelagic State and the Continent State: A comparative analysis of Indonesian and Australian folktales2021
PhDUsing Technology to Enhance the Learning of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students2021
PhDUsing Technology to Enhance the Learning of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students2022


PhDIncorporating New Literacies of Online Research and Comprehension Strategies Instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) Undergraduate Classrooms
Candidate: Noridah Binti Sain
PhDForeign Language Learners' Perceptions and Practices of using Social Media Platforms for Vocabulary Learning
Candidate: Meshari Muidh D Alharthi
PhDAttitudes of Second Language Learners of Arabic and their Teachers to Mobile Assisted Language Learning
Candidate: Ahmed Abdullah A Alqarni
PhDAn Investigation into English Language Teachers' Understanding of their Roles in Computer-Assisted Language Learning Context
Candidate: Mohsen Hedayati
PhDOnline Politeness and Identity Construction of Young Saudi Adults
Candidate: Mohammed Qurait Alenezi