Anne Burns

Anne Burns
UNSW Sydney | UNSW · School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Just published!! My co-authored book on Sustaining Action Research. More details at: https://www.routledge.com/Sustaining-Action-Research-A-Practical-Guide-for-Institutional-Engagement/Burns-Edwards-Ellis/p/book/9780367210656 Hope you enjoy it! Have just completed a book, Sustaining Action Research, for the Routledge, Research and Resources Series. My co-authors are Emily Edwards and Neville Ellis. Look out for it in 2022.
Additional affiliations
July 2010 - September 2015
UNSW Sydney
Position
  • Professor of TESOL
June 2010 - May 2014
Aston University
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
November 1990 - May 2010
Macquarie University
Position
  • Professor of Linguistics and Dean of Division of Linguistics and Psychology

Publications

Publications (177)
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Part 1 discusses the theoretical concepts on which our framework for guidance is based.
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Part 3 provides suggestions for implementing a range of practical activities within institutional systems.
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Part 2 provides a range of practical activities that readers can use.
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This book is a practical guide for English language teachers and teacher educators seeking to carry out and promote teacher action research within their institutional context. Based on contemporary theory and a reflexive and social approach to teacher professional development and learning, it offers readers structured methodologies and concepts, wi...
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Part 4 offers ideas for continuing into further research.
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Explains how language teachers can research their classrooms in order to understand their practices and students in a deeper way. Offers practical steps for conducting action research and some examples.
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Analysis data in the mediation of online feedback in a language teacher education program in Mexico. Makes recommendations for tutors in online programs about the nature of effective feedback interactions with students.
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Analyses data from teachers involved in a national AR program in Australia to identify areas of professional development through research. English Australia Journal
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Interview between Michael Halliday and Anne Burns
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Analysis of professional accounting discourse providing taxation advice. Provides recommendations for communication training in accountancy courses.
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Looks at how teachers can adapt their work to the requirements of a new English language curriculum through conducting action research.
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Action research accounts by teachers of researching the teaching of vocabulary. Containes many practical classroom activities for potential use by other teachers.
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Discusses action research on learner-centredness by teachers working within an outcomes-based curriculum. Proposes ways that teachers can focus on learners' needs while still aiming to meet specified competencies.
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Discusses the theoretical concept of critical literacy and how it can be promoted by teachers in the language classroom. Provides case studies and practical examples of teachers undertaking action research to teach critical literacy.
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Explores how teachers can address the challenges of diversity and differentiated needs in the classroom through action research. Provides practical accounts written by language teachers.
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Explains the value of expanding reading in the language classroom. Reports on action research by language teachers who developed new approaches to teaching reading in the classroom.
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Accounts by teachers working in Turkey of how they conducted or facilitated action research in their classrooms and thus energised their teaching.
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Explains the concept of action research and summarises recent developments in this approach to research in the field of English language teaching.
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Interview between Sophie Khan and Anne Burns for the English Australia Journal.
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Advocates approaches to teaching speaking based on discourse analysis and authentic speech.
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Explains the theory of student voice and argues for its extended use in the language classroom. Presents a case study from Thailand.
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Reports on action research by teachers in Australia to provide explicit scaffolding and support for reading and writing in the language classroom
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Analysing spoken discourse
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While studies on language teacher mentoring are increasing, there are few studies on mentoring doctoral students who are completing research in English language teaching (ELT). I reflect on my experiences as a mentor of doctoral students over several decades, and trace changes in my own mentoring practices as I learned more about scaffolding their...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This collection of original articles provides a state-of-the-art overview of key issues and approaches in contemporary language teaching. Written by internationally prominent researchers, educators, and emerging scholars, the chapters are grouped into five sections: rethinking our understanding of teaching, learner diversity and classroom learning,...
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This collection of original articles provides a state-of-the-art overview of key issues and approaches in contemporary language teaching. Written by internationally prominent researchers, educators, and emerging scholars, the chapters are grouped into five sections: rethinking our understanding of teaching, learner diversity and classroom learning,...
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This collection of original articles provides a state-of-the-art overview of key issues and approaches in contemporary language teaching. Written by internationally prominent researchers, educators, and emerging scholars, the chapters are grouped into five sections: rethinking our understanding of teaching, learner diversity and classroom learning,...
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This collection of original articles provides a state-of-the-art overview of key issues and approaches in contemporary language teaching. Written by internationally prominent researchers, educators, and emerging scholars, the chapters are grouped into five sections: rethinking our understanding of teaching, learner diversity and classroom learning,...
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This collection of original articles provides a state-of-the-art overview of key issues and approaches in contemporary language teaching. Written by internationally prominent researchers, educators, and emerging scholars, the chapters are grouped into five sections: rethinking our understanding of teaching, learner diversity and classroom learning,...
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Transformative teaching in the time of pandemic
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Introduces articles on action research written by Australian teachers
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The idea of research conducted by teachers emerged in the field of applied linguistics from the late 1980s. The concept that there was a role for language teachers as investigators of their own classrooms was part of a new interest in examining what should constitute teacher education for second language teaching and what kinds of knowledge, skills...
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The importance of emotions as a component of language teacher development and teacher identity is now well recognised, and the construct is currently being explored in more depth. In the field of second language teacher education, researchers now highlight the role that emotions play in shaping how teachers experience professional learning programs...
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Teacher agency has become a growing research interest in language education, especially at the critical juncture of widespread globalisation, when many nations including Vietnam, the context of the study, have promulgated a new language policy to respond to this transformation. However, teacher agency remains under-examined despite a small number o...
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Observations of English classrooms in Japan indicate that students tend to stay silent. In order to understand the reasons for classroom silence, most studies to date have focused on the perspectives of undergraduate students and teachers. However, studies focusing on students at high school are rare, even though this is a crucial context where stu...
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This issue includes an article by Anne Burns on action research and reports from the Australian Action Research in ELICOS Program, 2016. It will be of interested to academics and English language teachers interested in action research.
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Articles by teachers in the Australian Action Research in ELICOS Program and by Anne Burns. The articles will be of interest to those wanting to know more about AR.
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Cambridge Core - Applied Linguistics - The Cambridge Handbook of Language Learning - edited by John W. Schwieter
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The Cambridge Handbook of Language Learning - edited by John W. Schwieter June 2019
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Systematically and explicitly addressing the teaching of speaking is an aspect of English language teaching that is often underestimated. While teachers may be presenting various speaking activities in the classroom, such activities may amount to 'doing speaking' rather than 'teaching speaking'. In this article, I argue that being a competent teach...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This book reports on research that matters to teachers. It matters because the researchers are teachers and teacher-research mentors who have inquired about topics that are important to them, their classrooms, and their learners. The chapters describe the methods used to explore these topics and they present the outcomes of the inquiry. The authors...
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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of second language learning. The focus throughout the book is primarily on language learning, but each chapter also discusses the implications for teaching and assessment, thus informing both understanding and practice. The book contains nine sections, which aim to organise and reflect d...
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This introductory discussion prefaces the chapters in this volume by surveying some key theoretical and practical insights into the teaching of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This chapter highlights the importance of contextually based teaching practices and innovations at the local level as well as the increa...
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The final chapter summarizes the themes from the four sections of the volume and offers suggestions for future directions in teaching the four skills. It also prompts readers to consider the extent to which implementation of the pedagogic innovations described in the book may be appropriate for their given contexts.
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This book offers a range of perspectives and insights from around the world on the teaching and learning of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It brings together contributors from across six continents, who analyse a wide range of teaching and learning contexts, including primary, secondary, tertiary, private, and adult ESL/EFL classes. In d...
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One of the current challenges facing many universities is how to support teachers in becoming researchers. This article discusses why a small private Chilean university has opted for using a new action research programme as a vehicle for helping teachers to become involved in research and write a research publication for peer-reviewed journals. We...
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Presentation given as part of a colloquium on teacher education at the AILA 2017 conference.
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This study investigated English Language Teaching (ELT) lecturers' experiences of a new research policy and its impact on their academic identities and emotions. In-depth interviews were conducted with 24 lecturers and four academic and administrative leaders at a Vietnamese university, supplemented by the analysis of institutional documents about...
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In this chapter I argue that the approaches still widely used in language teacher education contexts are underpinned by “thing” or content-based conceptualisations, leading to forms of teacher education that, because they are essentially transmissive, place teachers in passive roles subject to externally driven accountability. In contrast, notions...
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Methodological processes used in action research are essentially iterative, exploratory, and cyclical. Therefore, a researcher utilizing action research must be prepared to adapt the design of the study creatively according to the evolving circumstances and evidence emerging from the research, and in the light of the nature of the participants’ res...
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When I began teaching immigrants as a relatively new immigrant myself to Australia, I quickly realised I knew little about how people actually learn languages. The TESOL diploma course I then enrolled in at a Sydney college (now a university) in the early 1980s was one of the few available. It illuminated new theoretical ideas but also grounded its...
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This chapter reviews the theory and practice of recent approaches to the teaching of speaking. It begins by outlining key theoretical areas that need to be considered: the nature of speaking and the skills, knowledge and affective factors involved, the features of spoken language, and differences between spoken and written language and its grammati...
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Across the world, public education sectors are struggling to keep up with the burgeoning demand for English, and the aspiration to bring the teaching of English to learners at different stages of life. One of the major challenges, which must be met over short timespans as new policies are rapidly introduced, is the adequate supply and training of t...
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As English teachers, we often feel that speaking is one of the most challenging areas for students learning English. Students may seem demotivated and reluctant to speak in class. There is no doubt that teaching speaking is challenging because speaking is a complex skill that must be acquired and practised over time. In this presentation I will loo...
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This study provides an investigation of the processes and practices involved in conducting action research on the use of ICT and new technologies in the classroom as experienced by 12 teachers located across different international contexts, from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It reports on how the project was implemented by means of virtual col...
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Accounts of how teacher educators begin to plan, develop, and support action research programmes for language teachers and what responses the teachers make are rare. This article documents and analyses initial processes in introducing and supporting a new programme of action research for language teachers at the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cul...
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This study explores how two language teachers constructed and reconstructed their professional identities through their action research (AR) facilitated by university researchers in China. Informed by the theory of ‘community of practice’, the findings of the study show that AR exerted a transformative impact on the teachers’ identity development....
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There is growing interest in educational research conducted by teachers and other practitioners in learning environments. There is also a growing willingness among educators to discuss such research in environments that are open and online. However, for some of those engaging with such forms of inquiry in such online spaces, puzzles remain. For exa...
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This chapter features in a book edited by Rod Ellis, Becoming and Being an Applied Linguist which contains narrative accounts of the lives of thirteen well-established applied linguists. The professional autobiography documents the development of a key area of applied linguistic – second language classroom research and practitioner research. The ch...
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This article provides research guidelines for authors intending to submit their manuscripts to TESOL Quarterly. These guidelines include information about the TESOL Quarterly review process, advice on converting a dissertation into a research article, broad introductions to a number of research methods, and a section on research ethics. The researc...

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