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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. Ruth is an active researcher with a focus on multilingualism, bilingual education, language and identity and language learning and teaching. Prior to that Ruth worked for four and a half years as a Lecturer in Languages and TESOL at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She worked in the Faculty of Education and Social Work for a further four years prior to that as a sessional Lecturer and assisted to set up the TESOL research network. Prior to her academic work, Ruth was a school teacher of French and German. Ruth’s research and professional work has focused upon bilingual/multilingual identity, language teacher education, pedagogy and assessment in language learning and teaching, and intercultural approaches in languages education. Her research has appeared in 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 Springer.

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


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

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)

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate, The University of Sydney

PhD, The University of Sydney

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Research Output 2011 2017

An exploration of content and language integrated pedagogy

Fielding, R. & Harbon, L., 2017, In : Babel. 52, 2/3, p. 32-45 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An interactive, co-constructed approach to the development of intercultural understanding in pre-service language teachers

Moloney, R., Harbon, L. & Fielding, R., 2016, Intercultural Competence in Education: Alternative Approaches for Different Times. Dervin, F. & Gross, Z. (eds.). 1st ed. London UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 185-213 29 p.

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

The language and challenge of a Content and Language Integrated Learning Approach to CFL in one Australian primary school

Harbon, L., Fielding, R. & Liang, J., 2016, Exploring Innovative Pedagogy in the Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language. Moloney, R. & Xu, H. L. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 193-211 19 p. (Multilingual Education; vol. 15).

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

Multilingualism in the Australian suburbs: A Framework for Exploring Bilingual Identity

Fielding, R., 2015, 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer. 230 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Pre-service teachers discovering intercultural enquiry in language classroom discourse

Moloney, R., Harbon, L. & Fielding, R., 31 Jul 2015, Culture and Foreign Language Education: Insights from Research and Implications for the Practice. Chan, W. M., Bhatt, S. K., Nagami, M. & Walker, I. (eds.). 1st ed. Berlin Germany: De Gruyter Mouton, p. 59-86 28 p. (Studies in Second and Foreign Language Education; vol. 10).

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