Nu Anh Vo

Macquarie University

Nu Anh Vo is currently a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is a lecturer at the Faculty of English Linguistics and Literature, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. Her research interests include language teaching and learning, discourse analysis and international comparative education.


Macquarie University Graduate Student Showcase 2

Exploring the fostering of critical thinking in English teacher education Nu Anh VO This presentation addresses methodological issues in a study on exploring the fostering of students’ critical thinking in English language teacher education. The study is a comparative case study of two Master’s programs in Applied Linguistics/TESOL in Australia and Vietnam. Heritage language proficiencies of Chinese immigrant children in Australia Yining WANG Adopting a sociolinguistic ethnographic approach, this study investigates heritage language proficiencies of Chinese immigrant children and contributing factors. The findings show that that their proficiency outcomes vary with age of migration, family language policy, use of print resources, and peer influence. Using Fitbits to physiologically measure language learner speaking anxiety Jonathan SHACHTER The main objective of this project is to develop and test a proof of concept software measurement tool, which can be used to collect HR measures (in a classroom) using a software Application Programming Interface (API) provided by FitBit, Inc. The pragmatics of swearing, (potentially) offensive, and taboo language in English Joshua WEDLOCK This presentation addresses the rationale for investigating how nonnative English speakers perceive and understand swearing and taboo language in two different contexts (Australia, South Korea). In addition, the importance of this provocative linguistic style for EFL/ESL learners is discussed.