Building vision in the language classroom

Building vision in the language classroom: Unlocking the potential of technology

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Vision building in the language classroom is well established as an effective means of generating and sustaining language learning motivation. As learners strengthen and concretise their identities as users of the language, they attach greater meaning to language learning, positively impacting on their motivation and engagement. Nevertheless, this concrete vision is particularly elusive in classrooms where exposure to the language-speaking community is rare if not non-existent and where the context of learning is far removed from the supposed context of language use. Extended reality teaching offers a unique means of bringing authenticity into task-based teaching and of creating rich opportunities for intercultural experiences. In doing so it offers unprecedented opportunities for learners to envisage, enact and reflect on their language identities. Yet, their potential for  supporting meaningful school-based experiences of language learning and to mitigate the motivational challenges often encountered in these settings is vastly under-researched.

This project seeks suitable candidates interested in examining the potential of extended reality for generating, strengthening, and sustaining learners’ identities as users of a second language and as global citizens. The project will explore the ways in which Extended Reality applications can enrich the language learning context, enhance the authenticity of language learning tasks, and create opportunities for interactive, intercultural learning experiences. Furthermore, the impact on vision building, learner identity development, and motivation will be investigated in order to strengthen current theoretical and practical understandings in this field.

This project may have a part-time study option available. Some restrictions may apply. Please discuss your preference with the Supervisor and note your preferred study option when applying.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung


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 $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • 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.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to Domestic/ International/ Onshore applicants.
  • Applications are open to applications from Language education backgrounds only. This could be Applied Linguistics/Language education/TESOL or other related disciplines.
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus.

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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrable experience with the use of technologies for teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrable professional experience in the language classroom.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor,  Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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