|Helen about to present her endorsement session with her supportive audience|
Helen's PhD will consist of 8 papers which have been designed to address the following research questions:
- What is the relationship between spoken English proficiency and participation in Australian society (e.g., employment, education and access to services)?
- What are multilingual speakers’ perceptions of the impact of their English proficiency on their participation in society?
- Which multilingual speakers seek intelligibility enhancement?
- Can an intervention for intelligibility enhancement improve multilingual speakers’ intelligibility in English?
- What are the experiences of multilingual speakers who participate in intervention for intelligibility enhancement?
- What recommendations for practice in intelligibility enhancement can be made as a result of the preceding studies?
Helen's research also addresses three of five priorities identified in the government’s Strategic Research Priorities: Planning framework for research in Australia’s national interest:
- Priority 2. Promoting population health and wellbeing: Identify strategies to maximise social and economic participation in order to build resilient communities.
- Priority 4. Securing Australia’s place in a changing world: Develop a comprehensive understanding of the Asia Pacific region including cultural, demographic and social change.
- Priority 5. Lifting productivity and economic growth: Identify the skills required to effectively engage with our region and the world and how to develop them. (Department of Industry and Science, 2013).
|Helen's celebratory lunch with fellow PhD student Ben Pham |
and supervisors Sarah Verdon and Sharynne