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    Penelope Coutas
    BAsianSt (Hons), The Australian National University; BAsianSt (Language Specialist), Murdoch University; BEd (Secondary), Murdoch University

    Lecturer in Languages Education; EdD Candidate (near completion)

    About me

    I am a Lecturer in Languages Education at Murdoch University and also a Teacher of Indonesian Language at Como Secondary College. Working across both contexts gives me a grounded perspective of teachers’ work (‘from the chalkface’) and greatly informs my endeavours in pre-service teacher education. Similarly, my research and teaching at the university level informs my high school teaching practice. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to apply theory and practice in two very supportive environments.

    Saya seorang dosen Pendidikan Bahasa Asing di Universitas Murdoch dan juga guru Bahasa Indonesia di Como Secondary College. Berkarya di dua konteks ini memberikan saya sudut pandang yang mendasar tentang pekerjaan seorang guru. Hal itu juga membantu kerja keras saya dalam pendidikan calon guru. Saya merasa istimewa bisa memiliki kesempatan menerapkan teori dan praksis dalam dua lingkungan yang sangat menarik dan suportif.

    My research has focused on the use of technology for learning and teaching Languages and I am currently completing a Doctorate of Education in this area. I have also been involved in professional associations for Languages teachers in Western Australia for many years in addition to providing professional learning for Community Languages teachers. Hence I bring an understanding of both mainstream and community language teaching contexts to my work at Murdoch.

    Penelitian saya berfokus pada penggunaan teknologi pembelajaran dan pengajaran bahasa asing. Saat ini, saya sedang menyelesaikan program S3 di bidang tersebut. Selama bertahun-tahun, saya juga terlibat dalam perhimpunan profesional guru-guru bahasa asing di Australia Barat. Selain itu, saya juga menyediakan pelajaran profesional kepada para guru bahasa daerah. Dengan demikian, saya membawa pemahaman tentang pengajaran bahasa arus utama maupun dalam masyarakat ke  dalam pekerjaan saya di Murdoch.

    I have been an academic staff member at Murdoch University since 2005 and I am currently teaching and coordinating units in the Languages and EAL/D learning areas. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate and bekejra-sama with colleagues locally and beyond, in English or dalam bahasa Indonesia.

    Saya sudah menjadi staf akademis di Universitas Murdoch sejak tahun 2005 dan saat ini mengajar dan menjadi coordinator unit dalam bidang bahasa dan EAL/D. Saya menyambut peluang kerja-sama dengan para rekan sejawat baik di Australia maupun di Indonesia.

    Teaching area

    EDN358 Creating and Managing Effective Learning Environments

    EDN375/EDN556 Teaching Second/Foreign Languages

    EDN475 Teaching Upper-Secondary Second/Foreign languages

    EDU604 Different Englishes

    Research areas

    My current areas of research include:

    • Teaching/learning second/foreign languages (Languages, MFL, LOTE, EFL, EAL/D)
    • ICT in K-12 education, especially Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
    • Indonesian language teaching (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing [BIPA])
    • Qualitative research methods, especially hypermedia ethnography

     

    Current projects

    • Workshop facilitator for the Community Languages Western Australia Professional Learning Program (http://www.communitylanguageswa.com.au) coordinated by the Australian Institute of Management WA and the Office of Multicultural Interests WA.
    • Co-author for the Bahasa Indonesia bagi Murid Australia (BIMA) Indonesian language textbook series to be published in late 2019 and early 2020 by Nelson Cengage.
    • Doctoral research: Exploring the hype(r) of languages learning and teaching. Ethnographic research into the use of technology for teaching Languages in Western Australian public schools.

    Awards and grants

    2017: The 21st AFMLTA International Languages Conference grant, awarded by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Western Australia

    2016:  Outstanding Professional Service Award (for the Modern Language Teachers’ Association, presented by the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia)

    2016 A Day Made Better Exceptional Teachers Award

    2013:  Outstanding Professional Service Award (for the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association, presented by the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia)

    2005: The University Medal, The Australian National University

    2005: The Australian Federation of University Women ACT Prize

    2004: The University Medal, Murdoch University

    2004: Valedictorian, Murdoch University

    2004: WA Secondary School Executives’ Association Prize for highest achievement in the Accredited Teaching Practicum

    Events and speaking engagements

    Coutas, P. (2018, July). Digital feedback for digital work. Paper presented at the Modern Language Teachers’ Association (MLTANSW) Biennial Conference, Sydney, NSW. (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2018, July). Real life homework. Paper presented at the Modern Language Teachers’ Association (MLTANSW) Biennial Conference, Sydney, NSW. (Invited presentation).

    Norris, L., Coutas, P., McLauchlan, M. & Reitzenstein, K. (2018, June). Crossing borders and community languages in Western Australia: A changed landscape replete with interconnections, porousness, and also fissures. Paper presented at the 22nd Sociolinguistics Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Coutas, P. (2017, July). ICT Capabilities in Languages. Paper presented at the Languages Teacher Development School (TDS: Languages), Willetton SHS, Willetton, WA. (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2017, July). On the horizon: Technologies to unlock the learning and teaching of Languages now and into the future. Paper presented at the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Association (AFMLTA) National Conference, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD.

    Bailey, K., Coutas, P., Dienar, N., Ewing, M., Hermawan, B., Kohler, M., McDonald, H., Naidu, K. & Quinn, G. (2016, October).  In D. Reeve (Chair), Hypothetical: How do we imagine Indonesian languages teaching into the future?Symposium conducted at The Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators Biennial Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA. (Plenary presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2016, October). Technologies that will impact on learning and teaching Indonesian in the near future and how we can Indovate with themPaper presented at the Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators Biennial Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.

    Coutas, P. & Bowden, L. (2015, September). Perth’s own jungle school: Cross-curricular learning through Science and Indonesian at Perth Zoo. Paper presented at the TeachMeet Languages 2015, School of Isolated and Distance Education, Leederville, WA.

    Coutas, P. (2015, July). Digital feedback for digital work. Paper presented at the Curtin Education Community Digital Learning Conference, Curtin University, Bentley, WA. (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2015, April). High-tech ideas for low-tech classrooms: Strategies for integrating ICT Capabilities in low-tech Languages learning environments. Workshop facilitated at the Association of Independent Schools WA, Osborne Park, WA. (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2015, February). Connecting with Connect: Designing online learning content for Languages. Paper presented at the Languages Teacher Development School (TDS: Languages), Willetton SHS, Willetton, WA. (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2014, May). Cara mengajar bahasa asing: Pengalaman seorang guru Australia. Paper presented at The Surabaya English Teachers’ Association Lecture Series, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. (Presented in Indonesian). (Keynote presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2014, February). LMS course design for Languages. Workshop facilitated for the Corpus Christi College Professional Development Day, Bateman, WA. (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2013, March). Our challenge of l(IT)eracy: An inquiry approach to programming. Paper presented at the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association (WILTA) Weekend Workshops, Leederville, WA.

    Norris, L. & Coutas, P. (2012, November). Cinderella’s coach or just another pumpkin? Information communication technologies and the continuing marginalisation of Languages in Australian schools. Paper presented at the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia National Conference, Curtin University, Perth, WA.

    Coutas, P. (2012, June). Mixing IT up in the Languages classroom: Teaching MasterChef style. Paper presented at the Catholic Education Western Australia Languages Professional Learning Day, Leederville, WA. (Keynote presentation).

    Coutas, P., & Dale, J. (2012, April). Teaching and learning languages with technologies: Opportunities and challenges. Plenary presented at the Stage à la plage 2012 (The Teachers of French Association Western Australia [TOFAWA] Annual Conference), Swan Valley, WA. (Keynote presentation).

    Coutas, P., Beattie, T., & Mulyana, M. (2012, January). Our iPad Hub(ungan): Language teachers’ stories of learning to learn with new technologies. Paper presented at the Curtin Education Community Connect Conference, Curtin University, Bentley, WA.

    Coutas, P. & Norris, L. (2011, July). Figuring out Fun: Explaining and exploring teacher and learner perceptions of ‘fun’ in language learning. Paper presented at the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (AFMLTA) National Conference, Darwin.

    Coutas, P. & McCulloch, J. (2011, July). Co-creating the #AFMLTA conference story: A workshop in digital storytelling. Workshop facilitated for the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (AFMLTA) National Conference, Darwin.

    Coutas, P. (2011, March). Teachers can hack IT! Mashing up Languages and Web 2.0. Keynote presented at Stage à la plage 2012 (The Teachers of French Association Western Australia [TOFAWA] Annual Conference), Fremantle, WA. (Keynote presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2011, February). Teachers can hack IT: Online networking for language teachers and finding the good stuff. Workshop facilitated for for the Modern Language Teachers of Western Australia (MLTAWA), Leederville, WA. 

    Coutas, P. (2010, December). Good looking with technology: The iPhone and ethnographic research in CALL. Paper presented at the GLoCALL 2010 Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

    Coutas, P. (2010, June). ICT and Languages. Workshop facilitated for the Primary and Secondary Teachers of Indonesian Professional Learning and Network Day, the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia, Leederville, WA. (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2010, March). The Indonesian Teacher’s ICT Toolkit. Paper presented at the ACT Indonesian Teacher Network Professional Development Day, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT. (Keynote presentation).

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

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

    Coutas, P. (2009, August). Cara mem-blog dengan murid bahasa Indonesia. Paper presented at the Modern Foreign Language Teachers’ All Seasons Conference, Adelaide , SA. (Presented in Indonesian). (Invited presentation).

    Coutas, P. (2009, August). How tweet IT is: Expanding your professional learning network. Paper presented at the Modern Foreign Language Teachers’ All Seasons Conference, Adelaide , SA. (Invited presentation).

    Professional and community service

    Committee Roles

    The Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators (ASILE)

    • 2020 – National Conference Committee Member
    • 2020 – Conference Programme Sub-committee Member
    • 2007 – National Conference Committee Member
    • 2007 – Webmaster

    The Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Western Australia (MLTAWA)

    • 2013 – 2016: Webmaster and Membership Secretary
    • 2010 – 2012: WILTA Representative

    The Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association (WILTA)

    • 2011 – 2013: Vice President
    • 2009 – 2010: Webmaster and Membership Secretary
    • 2006 – 2008: Newsletter editor for Warta WILTA 

    Asia-Pacific Association of Computer Assisted Language Learning

    • Committee member for GLoCALL Conferences

    Educational Computing Association of Western Australia (ECAWA)

    • 2006 – 2015 Program Committee member for conferences.

    The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

    • 2009 – 2010 Teachers’ Representative

    Other Professional Association Memberships 

    • The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
    • The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (AFMLTA)
    • The Asia Pacific Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (APACALL)
    • Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
    • The European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL)
    • The International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
    • The Pacific Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (PacCALL)

    Publications

    Koehler, M., Bloffwitch, B., Coutas, P., McMahon, E. & Reitzenstein, K. (in press). BIMA Indonesian level 1 teacher toolkit. Melbourne, VIC: Nelson Cengage.

    Koehler, M., Bloffwitch, B., Coutas, P., McMahon, E. & Reitzenstein, K. (2019). BIMA Indonesian level 1 student book. Melbourne, VIC: Nelson Cengage.

    Koehler, M., Bloffwitch, B., Coutas, P., McMahon, E. & Reitzenstein, K. (2019). BIMA Indonesian level 1 workbook. Melbourne, VIC: Nelson Cengage.

    Norris, L. and Coutas, P. (2014) Cinderella’s coach or just another pumpkin? Information communication technologies and the continuing marginalisation of Languages in Australian schools. In Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 37(1).

    Coutas, P. (2012). Ketenaran, rezeki, fantasi: Indonesian Idol dan selebriti baru. In Heryanto, A. (Ed.) Budaya Populer di Indonesia: Mencairnya Identitas Pasca-Orde Baru (pp. 165-192). Jakarta: Anggota IKAPI.

    Coutas, P. (2009). A language teacher’s BALL: Reflections on blogging for learning, teaching and researching Languages. In Song, J. (Ed.) 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. (2006). Fame, fortune, fantasi: Indonesian Idol and the new celebrity. Asian Journal of Communication, 16(4), 371-392.