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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 four and a half years (2010 - 2014) 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 (2006 to 2009) 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

In 2020 Ruth will be teaching:


  • EDF5157 - Languages education A
  • EDF5642 - Bilingualism and content-based programs
  • EDF5158 - Languages education B
  • EDF5631 - Bi/Multilingualism


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, University of Sydney

PhD, University of Sydney

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2005 2020

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

1 Citation (Scopus)

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

2 Citations (Scopus)

Bilingual identity negotiation in practice: teacher pedagogy and classroom interaction in a bilingual programme

Fielding, R., 2 Apr 2016, In : Language Learning Journal. 44, 2, p. 152-168 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


ALAA (Applied Linguistics Association of Australia) Travel Scholarship

Ruth Fielding (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Faculty of Education and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award

Ruth Fielding (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Trevor Miller Memorial Fund Scholarship

Ruth Fielding (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University Postgraduate Award (UPA)

Ruth Fielding (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)