Thomas Roche

Thomas Roche
Southern Cross University · SCU College

Ph.D. (Applied Linguistics)Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (2006)

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Introduction
Professor Thomas Roche BA (The University of Queensland), BEd (UQ), PhD (Technische Universität Dresden) is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality) and Dean of SCU College at Southern Cross University, Australia. Member of the TEQSA Register of Experts, the Australian Government’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education.
Additional affiliations
December 2018 - December 2018
Southern Cross University
Position
  • Managing Director
January 2013 - present
Southern Cross University
Position
  • Director of English Language Programs
August 2006 - present
Sohar University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (33)
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This study examines the impact of an Australian enabling program, underpinned by critical pedagogy, on students’ academic and professional success. Qualitative focus group data were collected from individuals who had completed an enabling program at a regional Australian university and progressed to undergraduate study. Quantitative data comparing...
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The transition through the first year of university study is challenging for the majority of students. For students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, commencing studies in an English-Medium Instruction (EMI) university program presents a number of specific challenges. These students are faced with meeting both language...
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In the higher education sector, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs play an important role preparing an increasing number of international English as Additional Language (EAL) students for university degree programs where English is the medium of instruction. These pathway programs differ in their conceptualisation and operationalisation o...
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This study examines the relationship between written academic English proficiency and academic achievement in an undergraduate English-medium university program in the Sultanate of Oman. The study aims to identify reliable measures for screening academically at-risk students in a time- and cost-effective manner. Three established measures of writte...
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This paper presents findings of a study of recognition vocabulary knowledge as a predictor of written Academic English Proficiency (AEP) and overall Academic Achievement in an English medium higher education program in an English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) context. Vocabulary knowledge was measured using a Timed YES/NO (TYN) test. AEP was assessed...
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One Australian public university is radically changing the way it delivers higher education, introducing a 6-week immersive scheduling delivery model across all units and courses. Despite the emerging success of block and immersive models for raising the performance of diverse student cohorts, the design factors underpinning positive outcomes are u...
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Upon admission to university, students are expected to have the foundational academic skills for navigating higher education and succeed in their studies. One fundamental academic skill that is increasingly required is digital literacy. Although attention needs to be paid to students’ digital access, skills, and attitudes, these need to be observed...
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The past two decades have witnessed growing interest in Higher Education (HE) achievement standards. Globally, the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector provides students with Direct Entry (DE) English language program (ELP) pathways to university study. It has typically relied on commercially available English language tests to ensure achievement...
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Attrition rates are typically higher in English-medium university programs in the Arab Gulf States than in programs offered in Arabic. This paper reports on the results of a study of academic engagement at a private regional university in the Sultanate of Oman. The longitudinal study sought to identify causes of attrition, including push factors su...
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English language programmes provide established pathways for international students seeking university admission in countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom. In order to refer international applicants to appropriate levels and durations of English language support prior to matriculation into their main course of study, pathway providers n...
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In December 2017, the 6th Biennial National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA) Conference was hosted by Southern Cross University at the Gold Coast, Australia. The Biennial NAEEA Conference brings together educators and practitioners to collaborate on issues of relevance to enabling pathway programs leading to undergraduate univ...
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To bookend the 6th Biennial National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA) Conference, five invited speakers joined a panel on the future directions of enabling education locally and globally: David Bull, founding and outgoing Chair of the Association also the Director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Open Access College,...
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Debates about Islamic veiling practices often focus on legal aspects of wearing the hijab and niqab and the recent banning, actual and proposed, of the veil in several countries has received substantial media coverage. This ethnographic research paper adds to the discussion by providing insight into the views of women from the Sultanate of Oman, us...
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Throughout the Arab Gulf States, bilingual road signs are the norm, employing both Arabic and a romanized counterpart for the large expatriate population. The existing romanization is inconsistent, with potentially misleading variant spellings of place names signposting the region. This study provides a linguistic analysis of signs on the arterial...
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Research has shown that vocabulary recognition skill is a readily measured and relatively robust predictor of second language performance in university settings in English-speaking countries. This study builds on that research by developing an understanding of the relationship between word recognition skill and Academic English performance in Engli...
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Veiling practices of Muslim women have become a subject of considerable political, academic and public debate. This paper presents the finding of research undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman examining the different and changing ways in which women wear the hijab , niqab and burqa . The research set out to identify differences in attitudes and pract...
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Veiling practices of Muslim women have become a subject of considerable political, academic and public debate. This paper presents the finding of research undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman examining the different and changing ways in which women wear the hijab , niqab and burqa . The research set out to identify differences in attitudes and pract...
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English language programs provide established pathways for international students seeking university admission in countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom. English pathway providers require effective and efficient language assessment tools to refer these international applicants to appropriate levels and durations of language tuition prio...
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It is often readily accepted that perception precedes production in second language acquisition. According to Flege’s (1995) Speech Learning Model and Broselow and Park’s (1995) Split Parameter Setting Hypothesis, accurate second language (L2) perception necessarily precedes accurate L2 production. This paper examines whether, contrary to that assu...
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It is widely accepted that beliefs about education impact upon student behaviour and ultimately their performance. This paper reports on a study of students' and teachers' beliefs about effective English for Academic Purposes (EAP) education in two university English-medium programs in the Sultanate of Oman. This research is of particular importanc...
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English-medium universities in the Middle-East are facing a growing problem around students’ English language proficiency levels discernible in a mismatch between their academic achievement (GPA) and language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS). We report on research exploring the rationale, challenges and prospects of implementing a model of post-enrollment...
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This study investigates whether Arab learners use the same discourse patterns in L1 and L2 EAP writing and how their use of similar or dissimilar patterns affect their writing performance.
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This paper provides a brief introduction to women's dress practices in the Sultanate of Oman. We explore women's clothing practices as dialogues with religious and regional communities. Our introduction provides concrete examples of how dress practices from neighbouring communities, such as coastal Iran, neighbouring India, and the East African isl...
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his study examines the relationship between written academic English proficiency and academic achievement in an undergraduate English-medium university program in the Sultanate of Oman. The study aims to identify reliable measures for screening academically at-risk students in a time and cost effective manner. Three established measures of written...
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In this paper we explore English pronunciation teaching within an English as an International Language (EIL) framework, arguing that teaching learners how to produce English phonemes can lead to an improvement in their aural ability. English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners often have difficulty discriminating between and producing specific...
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Statistics from the DELT at-risk program suggests significant increase in the number of students being identified as at-risk students. The findings of a study evaluating a peer tutoring program on at-risk students at Sohar University are being discussed in this presentation.
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This paper discusses the relationship between women’s fashion and identity in the Sultanate of Oman, a Gulf State on the Arabian Peninsula. In particular, it explores women’s clothing practices as expressions of religious, regional and tribal identities. The study is the first to document the variety of women’s dress practices in the Sultanate of O...
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This study investigates the nature of lexical variation in the speech of the Tirawi who emigrated from Tirat Haifa (Palestine) to Irbid (Jordan) as a result of the Arab–Israeli war in 1948. Based on data collected in naturalistic interviews with 48 participants, the authors argue that their migration, which brought about the abandonment of traditio...
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This study aims to show that the forced migration of the inhabitants of Tirat Haifa, Palestine produced an alteration in the celebratory language of their wedding songs and poems1. For this purpose Pre- and post- migration Tirawai wedding songs were collected by the authors for comparison. The premigration data for this study comes from a recently...
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The Ersu are a Qiangic people living in southern Sìchuan Province. A diminishing number of Ersu religious practitioners known as shaba employ a pictographic writing system described in Sun Hongkai's 1982 article that is the subject of this translation. An introduction provides background on Sun Hongkai and the theoretical framework he employs to de...

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This project is a comprehensive and thorough investigation of the significance of peer tutoring in promoting student success in terms of their language proficiency and academic achievement in Higher Education Institutions [HEIs] of Oman in general and Sohar University in particular. There has been a significant dearth of any meaningful research in the context of underachievers in Oman and the vast repertoire of studies in underachievement lacks any mention of Oman or the Middle East in a very significant way. Hence, the need for this study seeking to investigate the use of peer-tutoring on at-risk students has an added significance. The broader research question veers around the issue whether it is worth using peer-tutoring in this context. The effect of tutoring has been measured in terms of their academic achievement (as seen in the students’ GPA) and language proficiency (as determined by LMap scores). In addition to which students’ own perception of the peer-tutoring’s effectiveness has also been taken into account. This study has been carried out on a sample of Omani at-risk university students from varied background studying in DELT program of Sohar University.