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Exploring the Hype(r) of Languages Learning and Teaching | About this Research Study : Penny's Profile

About this Research Study

Penny's Profile

About the Author

My name is Penelope (Penny) Coutas and I am an EdD Candidate in the School of Education. My research involves exploring the use of ICTs for learning and teaching Languages in Western Australian government high schools, which you can read more about by following the links to the left here.

If you wish to contact me, please do! I’d love to hear from you.

A more detailed biography will be available on this website by mid 2010.


Penny's Profile

Education


Murdoch University, 2007-present.
Currently studying towards a Doctorate of Education

The Australian National University, 2005
Honours in Asian Studies
Awarded the University Medal

Murdoch University, 2004
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Asian Studies (Language Specialist, Indonesian)
Awarded the University Medal

Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta State University), Indonesia, 2002
Studies in the Faculty of Education

Universitas Gajah Mada, Indonesia, 2001
Studies in the Faculty of Arts

Awards

2007-present: The Australian Postgraduate Award
2007-present: Murdoch Excellence Scholarship
2005: The Australian Federation of University Women ACT Prize
2005: The Australian National University Honours Scholarship
2004: Valedictorian, Murdoch University
2004: WA Secondary School Executives' Association Prize
2003: Highest Achievement for a Part II History Unit
2000, 2002, 2003, 2004: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence

Work History

2007-present
School of Education, Murdoch University Tutor and marker for various undergraduate and postgraduate units within the School of Education
Research Assistant for Dr. Dorit Maor, Dr. Laura Perry, and Dr. Jan Herrington.

2007
Melville Senior High School
Teacher of Indonesian

2006
Melville Senior High School
Teacher of Indonesian, Society & Environment, Computing, ESL, and English.

2006
Oxford University Press
Educational resource reviewer.

2005
ACT Department of Education and Training
Relief teacher at a variety of high schools in the ACT.

2005
School of Education, Murdoch University
External tutor.

2004
Melville Senior High School
Teacher of Indonesian and Computing.

2004
Carawatha Primary School (Now Caralee Community School)
Teacher of Indonesian.

Professional Associations

The Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers' Association (WILTA)
Committee member 2006 - present.
Webmaster and Membership Secretary, 2009 - present.
Newsletter editor for Warta WILTA, 2006 - 2008.

The Asian Studies Association of Australia
Teachers' Representative for the 2009/2010 Committee

Member of:
The Modern Language Teachers' Association of WA (MLTAWA)
The Educational Computing Association of WA (ECAWA)
Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
The European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL)
The Asia Pacific Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (APACALL)
The Pacific Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (PacCALL)

Publications

Coutas, P. (2009). A Language Teacher’s BALL: Reflections on Blogging for Learning, Teaching and Researching Languages. In Internet-Based Language Learning: Pedagogies and Technologies (pp. 141-158). Raleigh, NC: Lulu.

Coutas, P. (2008). Fame, Fortune, Fantasi: Indonesian Idol and the new celebrity. In Heryanto, A. (Ed.) Popular culture in Indonesia: Fluid identities in post-authoritarian politics (pp. 111-129). New York: Routledge.

Coutas, P, & Jones, T. (2008). Information communication technologies as a resource for learning and teaching. In FLOTE - Facilitating The Learning of Languages Other Than English. http://www.flote.edu.au/.

Coutas, P. (2008). More on information communication technologies as a resource for learning and teaching. In FLOTE - Facilitating The Learning of Languages Other Than English. http://www.flote.edu.au/

Coutas, P. (2006). Fame, Fortune, Fantasi: Indonesian Idol and the New Celebrity. Asian Journal of Communication, 16(4), 371-392.

Presentations and Workshops

I regularly facilitate hands-on workshops on the use of ICTs for learning and teaching Languages. Some favourite topics are:
  • Blogging
  • Mobile Learning (including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad)
  • Languages in SecondLife
  • 23 Things for Languages Teachers (10 week programme)
  • The Language Teacher's ICT Toolkit
  • Social, Professional, and Educational Online Networking
Some of my more recent formal presentations include:

Teachers can hack IT: Moving from luser to (prod)user. Presentation at the WILTA Weekend Workshops 2010, John Septimus Roe College, Mirrabooka, Western Australia, May 2010.

Being a student today: New learning environments and new sources of information. Lectures developed and presented for FDN107 Next Life, Murdoch University, March 2010.

Exploring the hype(r) of languages learning and teaching. Paper presentation at the EuroCALL 2009 Conference Gandia, Spain, September 2009.

Hypermedia ethnography (on a shoestring!): A new methodology for qualitative research in language learning and teaching. Poster presentation at the EuroCALL 2009 Conference Gandia, Spain, September 2009.

How tweet IT is: Expanding your professional learning network. Invited presentation at the Modern Foreign Language Teachers' All Seasons Conference, Adelaide, August 2009.

Exploring the hype(r) of languages learning and teaching. Paper presentation at The Australian Federation of Modern Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference, Sydney, July 2009.

Exploring the hype(r) of languages learning and teaching. Poster presentation at EDUCAUSE Australasia Conference 2009, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, May 2009.

PLE for librarians. Panel symposium at EDUCAUSE Australasia Conference 2009, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, May 2009.

An invite to my BALL: Reflections on blogging for learning, teaching, and researching languages. Paper presented at the Globalization and Localization in CALL (GLoCALL) Conference, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 2008.

Straight to Facebook: An exploration of online social, educational and academic networks Presentation for Academic Work Matters, Murdoch University, August 2008.

The Indonesian teacher's toolkit. Invited presentation at the Canberra Indonesian Teachers' Network Meeting, Canberra, July 2008.

Pusing banget, sih! Poster presentation at the SLanguages Conference in SecondLife, May 2008.

Are you blogging this? Presentation at the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers' Association Term 2 Workshops, Leederville, Western Australia, 2008.

mLearning for LOTE learning. Presentation at the Educational Computing Association of WA Annual Conference, Mandurah, 2007.

m-Learning, myLearning, myWay. Paper presented at the Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators Conference 2007, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Websites

http://www.exploringthehyper.net
The website for my EdD research project, Exploring the Hype(r) of Languages Learning and Teaching. The site is powered by both Omeka (http://www.omeka.org) and Wordpress (http://www.wordpress.org).

http://www.wilta.org
The Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers' Association. I set up, designed and continue to manage this this Joomla (http://www.joomla.org) website.

http://23thingslanguages.pbworks.com
A wiki site set up to support the ~10-week 23 Things for Languages Teachers programme that I facilitate for the Association of Independent Schools WA. This wiki constitutes an e-learning environment of tutorials, guides, links and networks of support for teachers exploring Web 2.0 technologies for learning and teaching Languages.

http://www.asile.org.au
A wiki site for the Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators conference to be held in 2010.

http://www.exploringthehyper.net/francais
My French-learning blog. I began learning French in 2010 and this blog is "reflection space" for my studies. I feel that it is important to record my language learning experience in order to better sympathise with the experiences, frustrations and successes of my own language students, particularly where ICTs are concerned.

http://www.wilta.org/rebuild/
A website set up for the Rebuild Exhibition, raising awareness and funds for victims of the Yogyakarta earthquake, in 2006. The site has since been archived at the WILTA website.

http://lms.murdoch.edu.au
I have designed and managed course websites (learning environments) on WebCT for units within the School of Education at Murdoch University including Schools in Context and Opportunities in E-learning.