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My career in education started as a secondary teacher in Victorian government schools teaching Italian, French, ESL and English. I have also worked in education departments and government authorities where I held positions as a Bilingual Education/Community Languages Consultant in the Multicultural Education Services Branch, a Languages Consultant in the Northern Metropolitan region, a project officer at the VCAA in the 90s, a consultant to Language Australia, and as pedagogic advisor to the Le@rning Federation of Languages in 2003 for the Asian languages online project.

These positions have given me solid practical experiences that involve deep understandings of Languages policy and principles of pedagogy in the delivery of professional development, and test and curriculum development. My work at the VCAA as Chief Examiner and State Panel Chair for VCE Italian until 1998 added to this skill set by enhancing my experience in high stakes test development and test administration, skills recognised by ACER in my subsequent employment there from 2002 as Project Director and later in 2007 as Senior Research Fellow responsible for the development of a suite of language tests including an English as a Foreign Language test for the Czech Republic.

A two year sojourn in Switzerland enabled me to live the multilingual experience, to make connections with European Universities, to present papers on bilingualism and global English for the international school community in Basel and to work as a consultant for ACER to develop tests online.

My university teaching began at the University of Melbourne with subsequent appointments at RMIT, VUT and LaTrobe before joining Monash in 2011.

Research interests

Conversation Analysis
The interactional properties of First and Second Language acquisition and learning
Early childhood interaction
Classroom interaction
Language assessment
Spatial discourse

Research area keywords

  • Conversation analysis
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Language testing
  • Bilingualism
  • Language and social interaction
  • Second language learning and teaching

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Projects 2012 2020

Research Output 1985 2020

Conversation analysis and child language acquisition

Filipi, A., 2020, The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Chapelle, C. A. (ed.). 1st ed. Hoboken NJ USA: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 253-258 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOther

2 Citations (Scopus)

In pursuit of understanding and response: A micro-analysis of language alternation practices in an EFL university context in Vietnam

Hoang, T. G. L. & Filipi, A., 2019, In : Language Learning Journal. 47, 1, p. 116-129 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Interactional practices in language teaching and learning: understandings and applications gained through conversation analysis

Filipi, A., 2019, Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Languages and Arts (ICLA 2018). Rozimela, Y., Heldi, M., Ardi, H. & Arianto, A. (eds.). The Netherlands: Atlantis Press, p. 479-484 6 p. (Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Language alternation as an interactional practice in the foreign language classroom.

Filipi, A., Apr 2019, Multilingual Education Yearbook 2019: Media of Instruction and Multilingual Settings. Liyanage, I. & Walker, T. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 25-42 18 p. (Multilingual Education Yearbook).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Australian Post Graduate Award

Anna Filipi (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision

Anna Filipi (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

M.A.K. Halliday Scholarship

Anna Filipi (Recipient), 1996

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MPA Supervisor of the Year Award Finalist

Anna Filipi (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2013 2019

TESOL International Association Research Professional Council

Anna Filipi (Fellow)
Nov 2019Nov 2020

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Applied Linguistics Association of Australia Conference

Anna Filipi (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Visiting Scholar University of Southern Denmark

Anna Filipi (Fellow)
22 Nov 20168 Dec 2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

Research on Children and Social Interaction (Journal)

Anna Filipi (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

ACER Alumna

Anna Filipi (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute