Personal profile

Biography

I am a sociolinguist/ applied linguist based in Melbourne, Australia. I am interested in how people use minority languages in Australian society and issues people who speak these languages may face in education and health settings. Much of my recent work looks at Deaf sign language users, but I also have a strong interest in migrant languages, especially for small and newly-arrived migrant groups.

A theme running through my work is how language and identity are intertwined and how linguistic practices emerge from social interactions and institutions. I am particularly interested in the adolescent life-stage and have conducted and supervised numerous research projects on language behaviour and language attitudes among groups of teenagers.

I believe strongly in the importance of researchers building links with policy-making organisations in order to allow insights from research to flow in to policy and vice versa. I have a track record of over 10 years of research consultancy with government and non-government agencies, including the Victorian Deaf Education Institute (a branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Department of Human Services (Victoria), Victorian Multicultural Commission and Australian Federation of Deaf Societies.

Keywords

  • Multilingualism
  • Language and Identity
  • Deaf studies
  • Sign language
  • Adolescence
  • Migrant languages

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Projects 2010 2019

Research Output 2005 2018

  • 17 Article
  • 9 Chapter (Book)
  • 8 Commissioned Report
  • 4 Conference Paper

High stakes assessment of heritage languages: The case of the Victorian Certificate of Education

Willoughby, L. 2018 Handbook of Research and Practice in Heritage Language Education. Trifonas, P. P. & Aravossitas, T. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 429-444 16 p. (Springer International Handbooks of Education)

Research output: Other - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

The Victorian School of Languages as a model for heritage language education

Willoughby, L. J. V. 2018 Handbook of Research and Practice in Heritage Language Education. Trifonas, P. P. & Aravossitas, T. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 417-430 14 p. (Springer International Handbooks of Education)

Research output: Other - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Migration, heritage languages, and changing demographics in Australia

Ndhlovu, F. & Willoughby, L. 2017 The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Language Education: From Innovation to Program Building. Kagan, O. E., Carreira, M. M. & Hitchens Chik, C. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 22-32 11 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

This doesn’t feel right: Selecting a site for school-based ethnography

Willoughby, L. 2016 Doing Research within Communities: Stories and Lessons from Language and Education Field Research. Taylor-Leech, K. & Starks, D. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 22-29 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

A design science exploration of a visual-spatial learning system with feedback

Ellis, K. A., Fisher, J. L., Willoughby, L. J. V. & Barca, J. C. 2015 Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2015). Burstein, F., Scheepers, H. & Deegan, G. (eds.). Adelaide SA Australia: Australasian Conference on Information Systems, p. 1 - 13 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference Paper

Prizes

Arts Faculty Emerging Research Excellence Fellow

Louisa Jane Vaughan Willoughby (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Michael Clyne Prize

Louisa Jane Vaughan Willoughby (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2017

Auslan Technical Advisory Committee, Skills IQ (External organisation)

Willoughby, L. J. V. (Member)
2017

Activity: Membership of industry collaboration/ network

Victorian Association of the Teachers of English (External organisation)

Willoughby, L. J. V. (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Victorian Auslan Training Consortium Management Committee (External organisation)

Willoughby, L. J. V. (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership of industry collaboration/ network

Press / Media

Learning a new language

Louisa Jane Vaughan Willoughby

6/06/17

1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment

Greek, Italian reinstated at school planning to drop them

Louisa Jane Vaughan Willoughby

27/09/16

1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Expert Comment

Crickey Language Blog

Louisa Jane Vaughan Willoughby

23/07/15

1 media contribution

Press / Media: Other