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DR Alan Williams




  • Dr Alan Williams is a specialist in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He has over 20 years experience as a teacher educator and researcher in this field. His research interests lie in second language teaching methodology and second language curriculum. His doctoral research focused on the way that culture is dealt with in TESOL, and he investigated different approaches to the integration of language and content in his masters level research. Alan has extensive experience in teacher education programs for teachers of English in programs for teachers working in adult and school sectors in Australia, and teachers of English in many countries in the ASEAn region, particularly Vietnam. Before working in TESOL teacher education, Alan worked as an ESL teacher in secondary new arrivals and school level programs in Australia and Canada, and also taught adult ESL classes. He began his career in education as a humanities teacher in high schools, and worked in schools in Melbourne and London in the UK.

    Alan has published on a range of topics in TESOL, including integrating language and content, the experiences of adult learners in ESL programs in Australia, andstrategies for meeting the needs of low literacy ESL learners. He has extensive experience in professional development programs for ESL teachers, and has been involved in national projects to develop materials for low literacy background ESL learners. He has also been involved in a recent curriculum comparison project to advise education authorities in the Philippines. He has presented at professional and academic conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, the UK, the USA, Indonesia and Vietnam. He has been involved in TESOL professional associations at state and national levels.   


Member of

  • TESOL International. Intercultural communication, Teacher education SIG 1991 - 2012
  • VicTESOL. Life Member 1990 - 2012


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • From 2000 to 2009 Alan was a senior researcher in the AMEP Research Centre, which was a National research centre funded by the Department of Immigration and Ethnic affairs.    


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2006
  • MEd, La Trobe University 1996
  • BEd, La Trobe University 1984
  • Grad DIp Ed, Monash University 1972
  • BA, Monash University 1971


Available for supervision

  • Y