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  • PhD, University of Queensland, 10/12/2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian Catholic University, 24/11/1998
  • Graduate Certificate in Education (TESOL), University of Queensland, 20/04/2000
  • Master of Educational Studies (TESOL), University of Queensland, 08/09/2000


Research keywords

  • Cultural Studies
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociology of Education

Research expertise

My research work has included: examining cultural and linguistic issues associated with international student enrolment at Australian tertiary institutions, exploring the metaphoric uses of the 'family home' image in the Australian print media's discussion of immigration, and currently, an analysis of media representations of plagiarism within the Australian international student program.

Fields of Research

130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified100


Teaching keywords

  • Asian/ Australian Studies
  • Curriculum
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociology

Teaching expertise

I teach in the areas of TESOL and language learning, sociology of education, and cultural studies.



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Book (1 outputs)

2012O'Toole JM, Burke RJ, Absalom DJ, Language, Literacies and Learning: A First Introduction, Boraga Academic, Seven Hills, NSW, 172 (2012) [A2]

Co-authors: MITCH OTOOLE

Journal article (11 outputs)

2014Burke RJ, ''They May Come Here to Study But Not to Stay': Print Media Coverage of International Student Migration in the Era of the White Australia Policy', Limina: a Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 20.1 1-24 (2014) [C1]
2013Burke RJ, 'Catalysts for Cultural Change: Images of International Students in Mid-Twentieth Century Australia.', Australian Studies, 5 1-19 (2013) [C1]
2013Zangmo D, O'Toole M, Burke RJ, 'Alignment and Implementation: Process Writing Approach in Bhutan', The Journal for ESL Teachers and Learners, II 75-81 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: MITCH OTOOLE

2012Burke RJ, 'Contesting notions of an 'education industry': Media commentary on the transition to a trade-orientated international student program in Australia', The Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 28 141-174 (2012) [C1]
2008Burke RJ, 'Teaching English as a second language [Book review]', Issues in Educational Research, 18 208-209 (2008) [C3]
2006Burke RJ, 'Constructions of Asian International Students: The 'Casualty' Model and Australia as 'Educator'', Asian Studies Review, 30 333-354 (2006) [C1]
2002Burke R, 'The Use of First Language in the ESL Classroom', TESOL in Context, 12 16-17 (2002) [C1]
2002Burke R, 'Formative Assessment Procedures and the Second Language Curriculum: Signposts for the Journey', TESL Canada Journal, 19 (2002) [C1]
2002Burke R, 'Invitation or Invasion? The family home metaphor in the Australian media''s construction of immigration', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 23 59-72 (2002) [C1]
2001Burke R, 'Western Names in the classroom: an issue for the ESL profession', TESOL in Context, 11 21-23 (2001) [C1]
2001Burke R, 'The role of ESL professionals in the promotion of culturally inclusive universities.', TESL Reporter, 34 20-25 (2001) [C1]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$10,977

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2007 (2 grants)

Piracy a matter of course: Media representations of plagiarism within the Australian International Student Program$9,277
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Rachel Burke
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

FACE Annual Conference, $1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Rachel Burke
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions9
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL3.05

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152019PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Measures to Improve the Quality of Teaching English in Public High Schools in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam
20152019PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorTopical Structure Analysis of Academic English Written by Vietnamese Learners of English: A Multi-disciplinary Perspective
20132019PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorExamining Curricular Innovation in EFL Secondary Schooling: A Chilean Context
20122016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorDeveloping a Communicative EFL Syllabus for Vietnamese Universities: A Case Study of Action Research in CEF-Based Design at HOU
20122016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorCritical Reflections on the Current Debate Regarding the Effects of Explicit and Implicit Instruction on Linguistic Pragmatic Development and its Implications for Vietnamese EFL University Students
20112014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorMultiliteracies in the Field of Curriculum Theory
20102016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorInvestigating a Computer-Assisted Language Learning Approach for the Development of Second Language Word Recognition from Speech
20092012PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorInnovation of English for Specific Purposes Curricula in Taiwanese Universities
20072007PHD Education Not Elswr Classified
University of Newcastle

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Process Writing Approach in Bhutan: A Case of Cross-National Policy Borrowing

Dr Rachel Burke

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