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Robyn Spence-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and teaches and conducts research in the areas of Japanese language teaching and learning and applied linguistics more generally. She is currently Coordinator of the Higher Degree by Research Program in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and Chair of the Management and Advisory Committees of the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education.

Robyn has a long-standing interest in the teaching of Japanese at the school level, and has served on various examination and curriculum development committees.

Community service

Area editor, Japanese Studies

Chair, Management committe for MCJLE

Deputy President, Japanese Language Speech Contest Committee, Victoria

Research interests

Robyn's research interests are in the area of applied linguistics and include  language assessment, second langauge acquisition and teaching, motivation and study abroad.   In 2010 she completed (with Anne de Kretser) a major report on the Teaching of Japanese in Australian Schools, for the Asia Education Foundation and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Monash teaching commitment

Second Language Acquisition (postgraduate unit)

Introductory Japanese 

Japanese Interaction and Language Use (undergraduate cornerstone unit)


Research area keywords

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Pedagogy
  • Motivation
  • Language assessment


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