Personal profile


Marianne Turner is an Associate Professor in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

In her research, Marianne has two main aims:

(1) to help develop an understanding of language that incorporates issues around social (in)equity and the complex relationship between diversity and standardisation;

(2) to build capacity for multilingual approaches – for all students – by strategically leveraging languages to achieve different kinds of teaching and learning objectives.

Her work has been published internationally in general education, languages, bilingual education, and TESOL journals. Her book Multilingualism as a Resource and a Goal: Using and Learning Languages in Mainstream Schools is available from Palgrave Macmillan. She has also contributed to conceptual scholarship on translanguaging (a view of language that addresses social inequity). A chapter on Translanguaging and trans-semiotizing (co-authored with Prof. Angel Lin) is now available in The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism (2nd ed). She has participated in international online seminars on translanguaging, such as for the TL-TS Research Group and Plurilingual Lab (McGill University).

Marianne began her career as a languages teacher (TESOL and Japanese), and this practical experience sparked a desire to work with teachers to help to make multilingual approaches feasible and sustainable on-the-ground in different settings. She has received research funding from the Department of Education and Catholic Education in Victoria to explore and understand the leveraging and learning of language in linguistically diverse educational settings. She has disseminated her research to teachers in different forums: as a Keynote Speaker for teachers’ associations, such as VicTESOL and MLTAV, and in the form of resources for the Department and Catholic Education.

She normally welcomes PhD students who would like to take a translanguaging approach to education settings, but is currently not accepting new students. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Content and language integrated pedagogies
  • Integration of EAL and content-based learning in English speaking countries
  • Language teacher pre-service education and professional development
  • Bilingual education
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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