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Dr Ruth Fielding is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and researches multilingualism, language education and identity. Ruth began her career as a secondary school teacher of French and German, before undertaking a PhD which focussed upon multilingualism and identity negotiation. Ruth worked as a Senior Lecturer in the French program at UTS (2017- 2018) and as Assistant Professor of TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Canberra (2014 – 2017) where she was the Program Coordinator for the TESOL and FLT program. Prior to that Ruth worked for eight and a half years (2006 - 2014) as a Lecturer in Languages Curriculum at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Education and Social Work.  Ruth’s research and professional work centres around a program of research which explores bilingual/multilingual identity, language teacher education, pedagogy and assessment in language learning and teaching, and intercultural approaches in languages education. Ruth's research program seeks to transform teaching and learning through shifting approaches to languages. She works with teachers to understand how identity and intercultural understanding are interwoven in language education. Her research also seeks to understand how education in super-diverse cities takes place to further develop education for diversity and inclusion. Her research has appeared in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Foreign Language Annals, Language Learning Journal,Language and Education, Babel and in a number of edited volumes. Ruth’s book Multilingualism in the Australian Suburbs is available as an e-book and as a hardback book from SpringerShe is currently editing one book on the intersection of multilingualism, identity and interculturality for Springer, and co-editing a book on teacher education for content and language integration in bilingual settings for Multilingual Matters. She is part of an inter-disciplinary team currently exploring Teacher Capabilities in Conditions of Superdiversity for a funded ARC Discovery project (2021 to 2024).

Research interests



Languages Education

Bilingual modes of education (CLIL, immersion)

Intercultural stance in languages education

Supervision interests

Languages and TESOL education

Student and teacher identity

Multilingualism in education

Multilingualism in society

Monash teaching commitment


  • EDF5156 - Languages Education in the Secondary Years B
  • EDF5157 - Languages education A
  • EDF5642 - Bilingualism and content-based programs
  • EDF5158 - Languages education B
  • EDF5631 - Bi/Multilingual Education


Ruth has consulted for a range of educational organisations and schools including:

Modern Language Teachers' Association Victoria (MLTAV)

Association of Independent Schools NSW (AIS NSW)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Education NSW

Embassy of France in Canberra

AITSL - developing Illustrations of Practice for Languages

NSW Board of Studies (now NESA)

Community service

I am a Theme Leader of CLIL for RiPL (Research in Primary Languages) Network (UK).

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Apr 2011

PhD, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Apr 2010

Research area keywords

  • Transforming Teaching and Learning
  • Educating for Diversity and Inclusion


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