Robyn Spence-Brown


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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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Projects 2004 2014

Research Output 1998 2018

Assessing writing ability in a foreign language at secondary school variation in performance on a communicative writing task

Iwashita, N. & Spence-Brown, R., 12 Oct 2018, In : Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. 41, 1, p. 28-60 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

On rocky ground: monolingual educational structures and Japanese language education in Australia

Spence-Brown, R., 2014, Dynamic Ecologies: A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Murray, N. & Scarino, A. (eds.). Netherlands: Springer, p. 183 - 198 16 p.

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

Implementing social networking in a higher education language course: interaction and assessment in conflict

Pasfield-Neofitou, S. E., Spence-Brown, R. L., Koshiba, M. & Clerehan, R. A., 2012, Effectively Implementing Information Communication Technology in Higher Education. Peterson, J., Lee, O., Islam, T. & Piscioneri, M. (eds.). New York: Nova Science Publishers, p. 201 - 217 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other


Spence-Brown, R. & Thomson, C. K., 1 Dec 2012, In : Japanese Studies. 32, 3, p. 315-316 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

The Current State of Japanese Language Education in Australian Schools

Spence-Brown, R. L. & Kretser, A. D., 2010, Vic: Education Services Australia Ltd. 83 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch

Activities 2010 2010

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Japanese Studies Association of Australia (Publisher)

Robyn Spence-Brown (Associate editor)
4 Jan 2010

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility