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Vinh Thi To

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Vinh To

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Dr Vinh To is a Senior Lecturer in English Curriculum and Pedagogy in the College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia. Her research interests include Systemic Functional Linguistics, English/literacy/TESOL/languages education, online education and Asian literature. Dr To was awarded three University of Tasmania’s Teaching Merit Certificates (2016-2018) in recognition of her excellent teaching in blended learning or fully online courses in English and literacy education, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation Letter (2017) for an outstanding English online course. She was also awarded a UTAS’ CALE Commendation for Research Innovation and Impact in 2020.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Vinh was a full time English Language Lecturer in a university in Vietnam for five years. She taught general English, English for academic and specific purposes. She also supervised undergraduate research projects and contributed to curriculum design and development. Before working full time in a university in Vietnam, Vinh worked as a part-time English language teacher at various foreign language centres, and as a full time HR and administration officer in a company for two years.  Vinh joined the University of Tasmania in 2012 as a PhD candidate and completed her PhD in 2015. Vinh worked as a casual academic in various positions from January 2014 to May 2016. In June 2016, Vinh accepted her full time academic position at the University of Tasmania.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2015) 'Linguistic complexity in English textbooks: A functional grammar perspective', University of Tasmania
  • GradCert (2015), University of Tasmania
  • Cert (IDELT) (2015), Australian National University
  • MA (Applied Linguistics) (2009), University of Danang
  • BA (English Education) (2005), University of Danang

Languages (other than English)

  • Vietnamese (mother tongue)
  • French (second language learner)
  • Chinese (second language learner)

Memberships

Professional practice

Dr To is a member of a number of local, national and international professional organisations about linguistics, English, TESOL and languages education. These memberships include:

  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)
  • International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA)
  • Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA)
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFLIG)
  • Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)
  • ALEA Teacher Education Special Interest Group (TESIG)
  • TESOL International Association
  • Australian Council of TESOL Associations
  • Tasmanian Association of TESOL Teachers
  • Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA)
  • Modern Languages Teachers Association of Tasmania

Dr To is the founder and convenor of the Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group; founder and convenor of the Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum; admin of the ALEA Teacher Education Special Interest Group, and co-organiser of the 2019 TESIG Day.

Professional Positions

  • Founder/Co-Administrator, Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group
  • Sole Convenor, 2020 International Systemic Functional Linguistics Webinars
  • Associate Editor, ALEA Literacy Learning: The Middle Years
  • Co-Organiser: Teacher Educators’ Day, 2019 ALEA National Conference in Melbourne
  • Co-Administrator, ALEA Literacy Teacher Educators’ Special Interest Group
  • Committee Member, Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA), Tasmania North

Administrative expertise

Dr To has administrative expertise in leading and managing various small research and community projects with proven outcomes.

Teaching

Language and culture, Language development, English, Literacy, Educational Linguistics, functional grammar, genre, language variation

Teaching expertise

  • Past Unit Coordinator for ESH110, EMT511, EMT510, ESH112
  • Current Unit Coordinator for EPR110, Foundations of English in Semester 1 and Summer School

Foundations of English (EPR110)

  • Current Unit Coordinator for EPR315, Linguistics for Literacy in Semester 1.

Linguistics for Literacy (EPR315)

Research Invitations

Invited keynote speech:

To, V., Thai, B., & Swabey, K. (2018). Teaching Vietnamese as a foreign language in an Australian early childhood context: Perspectives from educators and parents. Keynote paper presented at the International conference on Vietnamese studies: Globalisation and its impact on teaching and learning Vietnamese, 22 December 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Invited plenary speech:

Swabey, K., To, V., & Thai, B. (2018). Enhancing the educational role of language: Educators' perspectives on languages education in Australian and Vietnamese early childhood contexts. Plenary paper presented at the 3rd International Pedagogic and Linguistic ERL Conference, 14-15 June 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Invited workshop:

To, V., Swabey, K., & Thai, B. (2017, 6 October). Benefits of early language learning. Kindy City International Preschool, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Expertise

Dr To uses her research expertise in educational linguistics, language learning and online education to advance our knowledge of student writing development in Australian schools, EFL textbook writing in Vietnam, teaching Vietnamese as a foreign language for pre-school children in Australia and online education at the tertiary level in the Australian and ASEAN regions. In the most recent projects, she partnered with academics at the University of Tasmania, at the Australian National University and in Southeast Asian countries to secure competitive internal and external grants to understand the benefits of early language learning for pre-school children with a focus on the Vietnamese language, languages education in Tasmanian schools and online teaching and learning during COVID-19 in Southeast Asia. Her research activities have been featured widely in media news across Australia and Southeast Asia.

Dr To’s areas of research expertise include:

  • Educational and Applied linguistics
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • English and literacy education
  • TESOL/Languages Education
  • Online Education
  • Asian Literature

Collaboration

In 2020, Dr To partnered with Prof. Victoria Carrington, Prof. Sharon Fraser and Prof. Monica Cuskelly at the University of Tasmania and academics in 10 Southeast Asia countries to undertake the project “Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education During COVID-19 and beyond”, funded bythe Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In 2018, Dr To partnered with Prof. Karen Swabey, Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy, Dr Isabel Wang and Ms Melissa Wickins from the Department of Education to investigate languages education in Tasmanian schools. In the same year, Dr To also partnered with Dr Angela Thomas to investigate Tasmanian teachers’ use of Asian literature.

In 2017, Dr To partnered with Prof. Karen Swabey, Dr Andy Bown at UTAS and Dr Bao Thai from the Australian National University to undertake the project “Early language learning: A case study of teaching Vietnamese for pre-school children in the Australian context”

From 2016 to 2018, Dr To partnered with Dr Damon Thomas and Dr Angela Thomas to investigate valued language choices in student NAPLAN texts. In 2016, Dr To partnered with Dr Belinda Hopwood at UTAS and a literacy leader, Ms Prue Sturgess to undertake the Reading Mentor Program.

Awards

Dr To was the only academic from the School of Education who received the University of Tasmania College of Arts, Law and Education’s Commendation for Research Innovation and Impact in 2020. This Commendation was awarded in recognition of her contribution as an Early Career Researcher and Leadership of a collaborative network in applied and educational linguistics and language learning.

Current projects

  1. Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education During COVID-19 and beyond

    https://australiaasean.org/

  2. EFL Teachers’ knowledge, understanding and practice of writing genres and genre pedagogy in Vietnamese higher education

Fields of Research

  • English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (390104)
  • LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy (390108)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)
  • Asian cultural studies (470202)
  • Early childhood education (390302)
  • Applied linguistics and educational linguistics (470401)
  • Early English languages (470305)
  • Special education and disability (390411)
  • Other education (399999)
  • Gender relations (440504)
  • Educational technology and computing (390405)

Research Objectives

  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
  • Literature (130203)
  • Expanding knowledge in education (280109)
  • Languages and linguistics (130202)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Gender aspects in education (160202)
  • International organisations (230303)

Publications

Dr To’s research appears in top journals such as the Australian Journal of Linguistics, the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, Linguistics and the Human Sciences, Social Semiotics, The International Journal of Early Years Education. Her research also appears in prestigious books with reputable publishers including Springer, Sense Publisher, IGI Global, Nova Science Publishers. Dr To’s research activities have been featured widely in media across the Australian and ASEAN regions including the Conversation, the Examiner, the Educator Online, ABC Radio Hobart, Viet Herald, The Mirage, the Vientiane Times, VietnamNews, VietnamPlus, People’s Army Newspaper and Vietnam Investment Review. Dr To is Associate Editor for Literacy Learning: The Middle Years Journal and Chief Copy Editor for the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy.

Total publications

62

Highlighted publications

(11 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2021Other Public OutputTo V, 'ASEAN conference to be hosted by UTAS for first time', The Examiner, Australian Community Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 19 March 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2020Other Public OutputTo V, 'Saying more with less: 4 ways grammatical metaphor improves academic writing', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 20 November 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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2020Other Public OutputTo V, 'Vietnamese language study a success for early learners', The Examiner, Australian Community Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 25 September 2020 (2020) [Media Interview]

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2020Conference PublicationTo V, 'Grammatical metaphor: WHAT, WHY and HOW', 1st International Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFLIG) Webinar series, 12 November 2020, Launceston, Tasmania (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2020Journal ArticleTo V, Thomas D, Thomas Angela, 'Writing persuasive texts: using grammatical metaphors for rhetorical purposes in an educational context', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 40, (2) Article 139-159. ISSN 0726-8602 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2020.1732867 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Thomas D; Thomas Angela

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2020Journal ArticleTo 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: Swabey KJ; Bown AN

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2019Journal ArticleThomas A, To V, 'Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature', English in Australia, 54, (3) pp. 18-27. ISSN 0046-208X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Thomas A

2019Journal ArticleTo VT, Mahboob A, 'Complexity of English textbook language: asystemic functional analysis', Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 13, (3) pp. 264-293. ISSN 1742-2906 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1558/lhs.31905 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2018Conference PublicationTo V, Thai B, Swabey K, 'Teaching Vietnamese as a foreign language in an Australian early childhood context: Perspectives from educators and parents', International Conference on Vietnamese Studies: Globalization and its impact on teaching and learning Vietnamese, 22 December 2018, Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU), Vietnam (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Thai B; Swabey K

2017Conference PublicationTo V, Thomas D, 'Examining interpersonal metaphor of modality in successful primary persuasive texts', Transforming contexts: Papers from the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress, 17-19 July 2017, Wollongong, New South Wales, pp. 75-81. ISBN 978-0-646-97417-0 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Thomas D

2016Journal ArticleThomas D, To V, 'Nominalisation in high scoring primary and secondary school persuasive texts', Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 39, (2) pp. 135-148. ISSN 1038-1562 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Thomas D

Journal Article

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2021Huynh NT, Thomas A, To V, 'Visual meanings in Vietnamese picture books: exploring Vietnamese artists' perspectives on the yin-yang balancing', Social Semiotics pp. 1-26. ISSN 1035-0330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Huynh NT; Thomas A

2021Novianti N, Thomas Angela, To VT, 'Localities in critical literacy practice: a critical review of the frameworks', Journal of Theories and Research in Education, 16, (1) pp. 79-96. ISSN 1970-2221 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.6092/issn.1970-2221/11471 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Novianti N; Thomas Angela

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2020Novianti N, Thomas A, To V, 'Addressing challenges in the practice of critical literacy in EFL classrooms: A new framework', Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 10, (1) pp. 206-217. ISSN 2301-9468 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.17509/ijal.v10i1.25049 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Novianti N; Thomas A

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2020Thomas Angela, To V, 'Engaging children with Asian literature: stories from Tasmania', Practical Literacy: The Early and Primary Years, 25, (1) pp. 20-22. ISSN 2204-3667 (2020) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Thomas Angela

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2020To V, Thomas D, Thomas Angela, 'Writing persuasive texts: using grammatical metaphors for rhetorical purposes in an educational context', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 40, (2) Article 139-159. ISSN 0726-8602 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2020.1732867 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Thomas D; Thomas Angela

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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: Swabey KJ; Bown AN

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2019Thomas A, To V, 'Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature', English in Australia, 54, (3) pp. 18-27. ISSN 0046-208X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019To VT, Mahboob A, 'Complexity of English textbook language: asystemic functional analysis', Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 13, (3) pp. 264-293. ISSN 1742-2906 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1558/lhs.31905 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2018To V, 'Thematic structure in reading comprehension texts in English textbooks', International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics, 4, (1) pp. 45-51. ISSN 2382-6282 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18178/ijlll.2018.4.1.148 [eCite] [Details]

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2018To V, 'Linguistic complexity analysis: A case study of commonly-used textbooks in Vietnam', Sage Open pp. 1-13. ISSN 2158-2440 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2158244018787586 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2

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2017To V, 'Grammatical intricacy in EFL textbooks', International Journal of English Language Education, 5, (2) Article 12087. ISSN 2325-0887 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5296/ijele.v5i2.12087 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Thomas D, To V, 'Nominalisation in high scoring primary and secondary school persuasive texts', Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 39, (2) pp. 135-148. ISSN 1038-1562 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015To V, Le Q, Le T, 'Applying Halliday's linguistic theory in qualitative data analysis', Qualitative Research Journal, 15, (2) pp. 135-146. ISSN 1448-0980 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/QRJ-11-2014-0059 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

Co-authors: Le Q; Le T

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2013To V, Fan S, Thomas D, 'Lexical density and readability: A case study of English textbooks', Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, (37) pp. 61-71. ISSN 1327-774X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Fan S; Thomas D

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2013To V, Le T, Le Q, 'A comparative study of nominalisation in IELTS writing test papers', International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research, 1, (4) pp. 15-21. ISSN 1839-9053 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Le T; Le Q

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2013To VT, 'Exlamatives and exclamatory acts in English and Vietnamese', Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, (34) pp. 59-67. ISSN 1327-774X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2012Tran VP, To TV, 'An investigation into the syntactic features and the uses of English and Vietnamese negative sentences in literary works', Hue University Journal of Science: Social Sciences and Humanities, 70, (1) pp. 193-206. ISSN 2588-1213 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Huynh NT, Thomas A, To V, 'Teaching Intercultural Awareness: Enhancing FL Teachers' Using of Multicultural Literature with an Analytical Framework for Interpreting Picturebooks about East-Asian Cultures', Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Teaching Foreign Languages in Multilingual Settings: Educational Implications, Multilingual Classrooms, A Krulatz, G Neokleous & A Dahl (ed), Vietnam ISBN 9781788926409 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Huynh NT; Thomas A

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2020Huynh NT, Thomas Angela, To VT, 'East-Asian philosophical concepts as analytical framework for interpreting non-western images in children's picturebooks', Handbook of research on cultivating literacy in diverse and multilingual classrooms, IGI Global, Neokleous G, Krulatz A, Farrelly R (ed), United States, pp. 393-420. ISBN 1799827224 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2722-1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Huynh NT; Thomas Angela

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2018To V, Mahboob A, 'Linguistic Complexity in English Textbooks: A Functional Grammar Perspective', Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, D Kember, M Corbett (ed), Singapore, pp. 77-86. ISBN 978-981-13-0510-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-0511-5_8 [eCite] [Details]

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2016To V, Fan S, Le Q, 'Research Writing: A Systemic Functional Linguistics Perspective', What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan, J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 341-352. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Fan S; Le Q

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2015To V, Fan S, Le Q, 'Different perspectives on linguistic complexity', Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 113-127. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015To V, Le Q, 'Teaching translation: A functional linguistics perspective', Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 369-375. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Hoang MX, Le T, To VT, 'Conversation as an interview method in research', Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Nova Science Publishers, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 165-172. ISBN 978-1-62618-651-4 (2013) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(23 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Huynh NT, Thomas A, To VT, 'Interpreting Vietnamese picturebooks with a Western semiotic framework', Proceedings of the 8th OpenTESOL International Conference, 23 May 2020, Virtual Conference, Online, pp. 151-180. (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Huynh NT; Thomas A

2020Huynh T, Thomas A, To V, 'East-Asian philosophical concepts as analytical framework for interpreting non-western images in children's picturebooks', 1st International Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFLIG) Webinar series, 12 November 2020, Launceston, Tasmania (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Huynh T; Thomas A

2020To V, 'Grammatical metaphor: WHAT, WHY and HOW', 1st International Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFLIG) Webinar series, 12 November 2020, Launceston, Tasmania (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2020To VT, 'Grammatical metaphor: WHAT, WHY and HOW', Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFLIG) Webinars, 4 June - 29 October, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2019Thomas A, To V, 'Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature', ALEA National Conference, July 9 - 12, Melbourne (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Thomas A, To VT, 'Othering or inclusion? Teacher practice around Asian voices and identities in literature', 2019 Australian Literacy Educators' Association Conference, 9-12 July 2019, Melbourne, Australia (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thomas A

2019To V, 'Languages in an Australian preschool: A case study of Vietnamese', 22nd AFMLTA International Languages Conference, 7 - 9 July, Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019To V, Wickins M, Tanasaldy T, Wang I, 'Perceptions of languages education from leaders and educators in Tasmanian primary and secondary schools', 22nd AFMLTA International Languages Conference, 7-9 July 2019, Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tanasaldy T; Wang I

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2018Huynh NT, Thomas A, To VT, 'East Meets West? Identifying points of contestation when mediating understandings about Eastern picturebooks with children', 9th International Conference on Multimodality, 15-17 August 2018, University of Southern Denmark (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Huynh NT; Thomas A

2018Swabey K, To V, Thai B, 'Enhancing the educational role of language: Educators' perspectives on languages education in Australian and Vietnamese early childhood contexts', 3rd International Pedagogic and Linguistic ERL Conference, 14-15 June 2018, Vilnius (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swabey K; Thai B

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2018To V, Thai B, Swabey K, 'Teaching Vietnamese as a foreign language in an Australian early childhood context: Perspectives from educators and parents', International Conference on Vietnamese Studies: Globalization and its impact on teaching and learning Vietnamese, 22 December 2018, Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU), Vietnam (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Thai B; Swabey K

2018To VT, Swabey KJ, Thai BD, 'English for non-English speaking children and Vietnamese for non-Vietnamese speaking children: A comparative analysis between Vietnamese and Australian parental perspectives', International congress of bilingualism studies and European Turks, 28 October 2018, Paris (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Swabey KJ; Thai BD

2018To VT, Thomas D, Thomas A, 'Grammatical metaphor for persuasion: A study of NAPLAN texts', ASFLA 2018, 26 - 28 September 2018, Adelaide, South Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thomas D; Thomas A

2017To V, Thomas D, 'Examining interpersonal metaphor of modality in successful primary persuasive texts', Transforming contexts: Papers from the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress, 17-19 July 2017, Wollongong, New South Wales, pp. 75-81. ISBN 978-0-646-97417-0 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2017To V, Thomas D, Hopwood B, 'Enhancing student reading engagement through the UTAS Books in Homes Program and Reading Mentor Program', Proceedings of the 2017 AATE/ ALEA National Conference, 6-9 July 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-22. (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Thomas D; Hopwood B

2017To VT, Thomas DP, 'Examining interpersonal metaphor of modality in successful primary persuasive texts', Program of the 44th International Systemic Functional Linguistic Congress, 10-14 July 2017, Woolongong, Australia, pp. 113. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thomas DP

2016Thomas A, Thomas DP, To VT, 'The metaphors we teach by: A Cumulative and cohesive design for Bachelor of Education English education units', Program, Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference, 27-29 September 2016, Sydney, Australia, pp. 39. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thomas A; Thomas DP

2016To V, Thomas D, 'Nominalisation in high scoring primary and secondary persuasive texts', Handbook of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA) Conference, 27 - 29 September 2016, Sydney, Australia, pp. 42. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thomas D

2014To VT, 'Linguistic complexity in English textbooks: A Functional Grammar Perspective', AILA World Congress 2014 - Abstract Book, 10-15 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014To VT, 'Grammatical complexity of English textbooks: A comparative study of two book levels: Elementary and Pre-intermediate', Australian systemic functional linguistics association conference 2014 - Program & Abstract book, 29 September - 2 October 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2013To V, 'Research writing: A Systemic Functional Linguistics perspective', University of Tasmania Post Graduate Conference, 23 November 2013, Launceston, Tasmania (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013To V, Fan S, Le T, 'Applying Halliday's linguistic theory in qualitative data analysis', National Conference of the Association for Qualitative Research, 23 November 2013, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Fan S; Le T

2013To VT, Le T, 'Lexical density and readability: A case study of English Textbooks', Abstract book of the Annual National Conference of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA), 1 - 3 October 2013, Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus, pp. 66-67. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Le T

Other Public Output

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2021To V, 'ASEAN conference to be hosted by UTAS for first time', The Examiner, Australian Community Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 19 March 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021To V, 'University will lead online education forum for ASEAN nations', UTAS Communications, University of Tasmania, Australia, 10 February 2021 (2021) [Internal Newsletter]

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2021To V, 'Gender in the Vietnamese culture', Viet Herald, Viet Laun, Bankstown, Australia, 16 March 2021 (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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2021To V, 'Australia to partner with Asean universities in online education forum', Vientiane Times, Laos, 60, 26 March 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021To V, 'Covid-19-era international forum for online education - Challenges to be faced', KNT News, Vietnam, 4 April 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021To V, 'Covid-19 international forum for online education - challenges to face', Tuoitre Thu Do, Electronic Capital Youth Newspaper, Vietnam, 4 April 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021To V, 'Vietnamese teaching for pre-schoolers', University of Tasmania Communications, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, 17 Jun 2019 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021To V, 'International online education forum during COVID-19', VietnamPlus, Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam, 14 April 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021To V, 'Forum to discuss education amid COVID-19', Viet Nam News, Vietnam, 16 April 2021 (2021) [Media Interview]

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2020To V, 'Early Language Learning: A case study of teaching Vietnamese to preschool students in Tasmania', 'Your Afternoons,' ABC Radio 936, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, 1 September 2020 (2020) [Media Interview]

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2020To V, 'Saying more with less: 4 ways grammatical metaphor improves academic writing', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 20 November 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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2020To V, 'Vietnamese language study a success for early learners', The Examiner, Australian Community Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 25 September 2020 (2020) [Media Interview]

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2020To V, 'How learning a second language benefits preschoolers', The Educator: Australia, Key Media, Australia, 23 September 2020 (2020) [Media Interview]

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2020To V, 'The younger the better to learn a second language', UTAS Communications, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, 18 Sep 2020 (2020) [Internal Newsletter]

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2020To V, 'What are the benefits of early learning foreign languages?', Viet Herald, Viet Laun, Bankstown, Australia, 18 Sep 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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Grants & Funding

Dr To has worked actively with other colleagues in the College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania and with national and international colleagues to secure and co-manage internal and external competitive grants. She is the lead chief investigator of the current project entitled “Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education During COVID-19 and beyond” funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Internal Grants & Funding

  • An investigation into teachers’ use of Asian literature -

    • Funding: University of Tasmania ($ 8,500)
    • Scheme: Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
    • Research Team: Thomas, A; To, V.
    • Year: 2017
  • Early Language Learning in Australian and Vietnamese early childhood contexts

    • Funding: University of Tasmania ($ 5,000) and Dr Thai (Australian National University ($ 2,000)
    • Scheme: Faculty of Education Research and Scholarship of Learning & Teaching Grant Scheme (ReSoLTS)
    • Research Team: To, V., Swabey, K., Bown, A., Thai, B.
    • Year: 2017
  • The University of Tasmania Books in Homes(Year 2)

    • Funding: University of Tasmania ($7,000)
    • Scheme: Faculty of Education and Office of the Community Partnerships & Regional Incentive Grants Program
    • Research Team: Edwards, N., Thomas, D., Hopwood, B., To, V.
    • Year: 2016

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$38,886

Projects

The effectiveness of the structured word inquiry approach in the teaching of spelling in primary school classrooms in Tasmania (2022)$5,000
Description
This research aims is to investigate the effectiveness of the structured word inquiry approach in the teaching of spelling in primary school classrooms in Tasmania. The structured word inquiry approach has been adopted in the teaching of spelling by Tasmanian teachers for approximately two years. However, no research has been conducted to investigate its effectiveness in the Tasmanian context. This project aims to address this gap by examining teachers' practices using this approach and the impact on the student outcomes. In doing so, it will provide evidence to build teachers' capacity in this area of spelling.
Funding
Australian Literacy Educators' Association ($5,000)
Scheme
Research Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
To VT; Wilson W; Sturgess P
Year
2022
Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education during COVID-19 and Beyond (2020)$20,000
Description
This project will bring Australian and ASEAN academicstogether to discuss the practices and challenges ofonline education during COVID-19 in 10 ASEAN countriesand showcase the best online teaching practices at theUniversity of Tasmania to assist ASEAN countries.
Funding
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant-Australia-ASEAN Council
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
To VT; Carrington VM; Fraser SP; Cuskelly MM
Year
2020
An investigation into languages education in Tasmanian primary and secondary schools (2018)$13,886
Description
Over the past decades the Australian Government has had many policies to develop the learning of languages throughout the country (Lo Bianco & Slaughter, 2009), particularly Asian languages. The importance of engaging with Asian nations in the era of global integration and international mobility was stated in the Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians (2008). In the Australian Curriculum, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia is the cross-curriculum priority and intercultural awareness is the general capability. Within the Tasmanian context, the 2013 White Paper, Tasmania's Place in the Asian Century, emphasized the crucial engagement with Asia to enhance Tasmania's opportunities in the global market. Although some planning is underway for language education as part of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Languages, a formal date for this implementation is still unknown (Asia Education Foundation, 2014). Currently, not many languages are offered in Tasmanian schools. This urges a timely and much needed investigation into the reality of languages education in Tasmanian schools to provide some interventions to increase the uptake of language studies in Tasmania to meet the Australian Government's demand on Asian literacy. The project seeks the answers for the following key questions:1. Which (Asian) languages in the national curriculum are taught in Tasmanian schools? Why?2. How many primary and secondary schools have offered a language education program in their curriculum to date?CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program EOI 2017 Page 2 of 83. What are the perceptions of principals, teachers, parents and students on languages education in Tasmanian schools?4. How are the aspects of culture presented in the current Asian languages classes to promote intercultural understanding about Asia?5. How are language and content integrated in the current Asian languages lessons in Tasmanian schools?6. What are the challenges of languages education in the Tasmanian context?
Funding
University of Tasmania ($13,886)
Scheme
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
To VT; Swabey KJ; Wang Y; Tanasaldy WT; Thai B
Year
2018

Research Supervision

Vinh’s areas of supervision include:

  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Educational and Applied Linguistics
  • School NAPLAN testing (Literacy)
  • English, Language and Literacy Education
  • TESOL, TESL, TEFL and LOTE Education
  • English, ESOL, ESL, EFL Teacher Education
  • Vietnamese, Bilingual and Cultural Education
  • Asian Literature

Current

3

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDAn Investigation into Genre-Based Content and Collaborative Pedagogy in a Japanese Tertiary Teaching Context2017
PhDImproving Oral Language Skills for Students from Low SES Areas: The use of STEM in early childhood classrooms2017
PhDManipulating the Media Mania: Adapting media tools as literary pathfinders among children2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDRepresentations of Vietnamese Culture in Children's Picturebooks
Candidate: Ngoc Tai Huynh
2022