Technology to Support CALD Learners

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

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



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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. Although no external funding currently exists for this project, applicants may be eligible for an RTP or TGRS scholarship.

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 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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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:

  • Candidates should have a strong background in Language Education, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or a related field.
  • 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:

  • Candidates should have demonstrated practical or research expertise in a language-related field.

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 Andy Bown 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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