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MR Matt Absalom


  • Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching
  • Education (higher education, schools education, teacher professional learning)
  • Intercultural Language Learning
  • Italian Linguistics
  • Languages teaching and learning
  • Literacy
  • Online learning (social computing, online communities' tools & software)
  • Phonology
  • Romance Phonology (Italy, France, Spain)
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education



  • Matthew Absalom is a university teacher and researcher, professional linguist, Italian language coach, translator and published author. His current appointment is in the Italian Studies program at The University of Melbourne.
    He holds qualifications in music, education, languages and linguistics, and his research interests cover Italian linguistics, computer assisted language learning, languages education and a variety of related issues in applied linguistics
    A regular visitor to Italy over the last 25 years, he has carried out research, led study tours including the Federal Government's Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship to Italy, and negotiated in-country study opportunities for his students.
    Matthew has a strong background in teacher professional development and is a regular workshop facilitator at professional learning events around the country. He was the coordinating author and lead writer of Cengage’s Esplora! Senior textbook series and is currently collaborating author on the second edition of Pearson's Ecco! Uno and Due textbook series..
    His university career in Australia spans three universities: the Australian National University, University of South Australia and the University of Melbourne.
    Matthew is a passionate advocate for languages and has published opinions in the national media.
    In the past he has fill roles in the executive of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations, including President and Editor. He is currently a member of the MLTAV and LCNAU.   


Member of

  • Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities. Member 2014 -
  • Modern Language Teacher's Association of Victoria. Member 2005 -
  • Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations executive. Editor, Babel 2008 - 2017
  • Australian Linguistics Society. Member 1995 - 2015


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2010 G.E.M. Scott grant for lecturing ($10,000)

    2009 Cornelius Regan trust ($4,000)

    2009 Scholarly Information Innovation grant: Making connections: Italian language and culture beyond the classroom (~$12,000)

    2007 Faculty of Arts IT and Multimedia grant: Tapping into the audio stream, with Andrea Rizzi (~$21,000)

    2006 Faculty of Arts IT and Multimedia grant: Multimedia in Languages Teaching and Learning (MiLTaL): a model for developing interactive language learning tasks, with Andrea Rizzi (~$22,000)

    2005 Faculty of Arts IT and Multimedia grant: Contemporary Italian Multimedia in Teaching and Learning (CIMITAL): a database of interactive learning activities, with Andrea Rizzi (~$5,000)   


Education and training

  • GradDipHEd, University of New South Wales 2001
  • BMusEd, University of Melbourne 1996
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1995
  • GradDipArts, University of Melbourne 1995
  • BMus, University of Melbourne 1991

Awards and honors

  • Best Research Paper, 6th Annual Conference on Language, Literature & Linguistics (L3 2017), 2017
  • Patji-Dawes Award for Excellence in Languages Teaching - Nominated, 2017
  • In the Top 10 for Unijobs Lecturer of the Year for The University of Melbourne in 2011, 2012
  •, University of Melbourne Staff Engagement Excellence Award, 2011
  • In the Top 10 for Unijobs Lecturer of the Year for The University of Melbourne in 2010, 2011
  •, Third place, Lecturer of the Year for The University of Melbourne in 2010, 2011
  •, Lecturer of the Year for The University of Melbourne in 2009, 2010
  • Esplora! Senior shortlisted in The Australian Educational Publishing Awards for 2009, Secondary Teaching and Learning category, 2010
  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Australian National University, 2000