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Dr Julia Miller

Telephone +61 8 8313 4721
Position Lecturer
Email julia.miller@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 3604
Building Nexus 10 Tower
Floor/Room 6 21
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Education

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Biography/ Background

Julia holds a PhD in applied linguistics, in which she examined the use of idioms in English learners' dictionaries for students in Australia. Her background is in Romance languages and TESOL, and she has taught English in France and Portugal. She worked as an academic skills advisor in the Student Learning Centre at Flinders University for eight years before moving to the University of Adelaide. Her current role involves lecturing and teaching in academic and study skills areas. She is also a member of the international Grammar Gang blog team, with colleagues from the University of South Australia, Massey University in New Zealand, the National University of Singapore and Purdue University in the United States. Her latest venture is the English for Uni site (www.adelaide.edu.au/english-for-uni), featuring Ms Parrot, the grammar detective.

Qualifications

PhD, Flinders University

MA (research), Flinders University

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Adelaide

BA (Hons), University of Cambridge

RSA Certificate in TEFL, Cambridge

RSA Diploma for Bilingual Secretaries, York College, UK

Awards & Achievements

May 2014 - Member of grant team headed by Edward Palmer to develop Guidelines to Support and Advance Network Engagement for Members of Professional Associations and Networks (Grant: $5000)

April 2014 - Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide

December 2013 - Australian Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development Grant ($220,000) to create online resources to support international students' English language development.

June 2013 - University of Adelaide Commendation for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience.

May 2013 - School of Education, University of Adelaide. School research grant to develop a cultural dictionary and examine its use by international students at the University of Adelaide.

May 2013 - School of Education, University of Adelaide. School research grant to contribute to a joint project with Flinders University on an evaluation of 'Reading Doctor' software to promote phonological awareness in school students with dyslexia.

2013 - Team member in University of Adelaide E-learning Development Grant ($15,000) entitled “Blogging to build transferable reflective learning capabilities” (Project Leader: Kayoko Enomoto)

November 2012 - School of Education, University of Adelaide. School research grant to investigate the need for an Australian cultural dictionary.

June 2012 - Australian Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development Program Seed Grant ($37,000): "Ms Parrot the detective solves grammar problems in an online resource for students and lecturers".

April 2012 - Higher Education Research and Development Association. Palmer, E, Picard, M, Green, I, Guerin, C, Miller, J, Velliaris, D and Smith, S. HERDSA Review of Australian Learning and Teaching Scholarship and Research. 

August 2007 - Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Member of team from Flinders University who won an award 'for sustained excellence in developing and adapting support programmes that allow international students to succeed academically and grow personally while in Australia'.)

November 2005 – Flinders University Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant ($10,000), to film a resource for teaching academic oral presentation skills

November 2005 – Educational Research Conference Early Career Award, Flinders University

Research Interests

  • Innovative teaching methods
  • Teaching with online materials
  • Pedagogical lexicography
  • The use of idioms by different age groups in the UK and Australia
  • The English article system
  • Cultural dictionaries
  • The teaching of English prepositions
  • Cultural dimensions of feedback
  • Academic advising in relation to students with dyslexia
  • The IELTS academic writing test as a predictor of academic success

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Miller, J 2014, ‘Building academic literacy and research skills by contributing to Wikipedia: a case study at an Australian university’, Journal of Academic Language and Learning, vol. 8, no. 2, A72-A86, <http://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/view/319>.

Warner, R & Miller, J (forthcoming), ‘Feeding forward with feedback’, Higher Education Research and Development.

Kwary, D & Miller, J 2013, ‘A model for an online Australian English cultural dictionary database’, Terminology, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 258-276.

Miller, J 2013, ‘Birds of a feather don’t always flock together: user problems in identifying headwords in online English learner’s dictionaries’,  Lexicos, vol. 23, pp. 273-285.

Miller, J 2013, ‘Phraseology across continents’, in J Szerszunowicz (ed.), Research on phraseology across continents, vol. 2, University of Bialystok Publishing House, Bialystok, Poland, pp. 404-421.

Marmolejo-Ramos, F, Miller, J & Habel, C 2013, ‘The influence of question type, text availability, answer confidence and language background on student comprehension of an expository text’, Higher Education Research and Development, (online) doi: 10.1080/07294360.2013.863841

Duff, A, Miller, J, Johnston, H & Bergmann, L 2012, ‘Somewhere over the border: grammar in a class of its own’, Journal of Learning Design, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 50-57.

Miller, J, Lloyd, M & Duff, A 2012, ‘Classrooms without walls/Borderless classrooms’, Journal of Learning Design, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. i-iii.

Miller, J  2012, ‘Dictionaries without borders’,  Journal of Learning Design, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 43-51.

Miller, J 2011, ‘It’s not cricket! Lack of consistency and accuracy in labels applied to phrasemes in five English dictionaries for advanced learners’, in K Akasu & S Uchida (eds), Lexicography: theoretical and practical perspectives, Asian Association for Lexicography, Tokyo, pp. 358-367.

Miller, J 2010, ‘Coals to Newcastle or glittering gold? Which idioms need to be included in a learner’s dictionary for use in Australia?’, in A Dykstra & T Schoonheim (eds), Proceedings of the XIV Euralex International Congress, Leeuwarden, 6-10 July 2010, Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert, The Netherlands. [CD-Rom]

Miller, J 2009, ‘No jam for the wicked: do all English speakers understand and use the same idioms?', Australian Style, vol. 16, no. 2, viewed 5 January 2010, http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/news/australian_style/v16_no2/no_jam_for_the_wicked.htm.

Miller, J & Schmidt, L 2009, 'Peer assisted study sessions to facilitate transition for international students', The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 13-30.

Miller, J 2009, ‘English learners’ dictionaries: an undervalued resource’, in Perspectives in lexicography: Asia and beyond, (eds VBY Ooi, A Pakir, IS Talib & PKW Tan), K Dictionaries Ltd, Tel Aviv, pp. 161-171. Reprinted from TESOL in Context with permission.

Miller, J 2009, ‘An investigation into the effect of English learners’ dictionaries on international students’ acquisition of the English article system’, in Lexicography: the changing landscape, (ed. S Priya), The Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India, pp. 78-96. Reprinted from IEJ with permission.

Miller, J 2008, ‘Help wanted with idiom research’, World wide words (ed. M Quinion), issue 573, 2 February.

Miller, J 2008, ‘Teachers and dictionaries in Australia: is there a need to train the trainers?’, TESOL in Context, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 11-19.

Slatter, M, Petrie, L-A & Miller, J 2007, ‘Flinders’ Law students’ transition: warm welcome, hot topics: cool program,’ 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2007 - Conference Proceedings, (ed. J Thomas), Brisbane.

Miller, J 2007, 'When did you last spend a penny?', Australian Style, vol. 15, no. 2, p. 5.

Miller, J 2007, ‘Dodging the Damocletian sword of academic oral presentations’, HERDSA conference proceedings, vol. 30. [CD-ROM]

Miller, J 2006, ‘An investigation into the effect of English learners' dictionaries on international students' acquisition of the English article system, specifically in the area of countability’, International Education Journal, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 435-445.

Miller, J 2006, 'English learners' dictionaries: an undervalued resource', TESOL in Context, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 30 – 37.

Miller, J 2005, 'Most of ESL students have trouble with the articles', International Education Journal, ERC2004 Special Issue, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 80 – 88.

BOOK REVIEWS

Miller, J 2013, A review of Cambridge learner's dictionary (4th edn) 2012, posted on the Grammar Gang blog in April 2013.

Miller, J 2011, ‘English idioms in use advanced. Book review’, TESOL in Context, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 76-79.

Miller, J 2010, ‘C. Fellbaum (ed.), Idioms and collocations: corpus-based linguistic and lexicographic studies. Book review', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 09.1-09.4.

Miller, J 2009, ‘Cambridge advanced learners dictionary, 3rd edition. Book review', TESOL in Context, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 69-72.

Miller, J 2008, ‘English for academic study: Vocabulary. Book review’, TESOL in Context, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 33-34.

Miller, J 2006, 'A review of the Macquarie WordGenius CD-ROM', TESOL in Context, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 28 – 31.

Miller, J 2005, 'English grammar in use' [Review of the book English grammar in use, 3rd edn], TESOL in Context, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 20 – 21.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

July 2014, Tri Day, Flinders University, Adelaide. Presentation on the English for Uni website.

July 2014, HERDSA, Hong Kong. Paper: Embracing opportunities for English language development in higher education through innovative online resource

June 2014, Victoria University, Melbourne. Workshop on the English for Uni website.

June 21014, Edith Cowan University, Perth. Workshop on the English for Uni website.

June 2014, OLT conference, Sydney. Poster on the English for Uni website.

November 2013, AALL, Melbourne. Paper: Learning to research with Wikipedia. It really does work!

September 2013, Life beyond dictionaries, Florence, Italy. Paper: See ya at the Zombie Walk! Terms learners need in an Australian cultural dictionary (Miller, J & Kwary, D)

August 2013, Asialex, Bali, Indonesia. Paper: What do koalas eat for brekkie? The need for an Australian cultural dictionary (Miller, J & Kwary, D)

December 2012, CLaSIC 2012, Singapore.
Paper: Who wants to be a grammar millionaire? Making intercultural language teaching fun
Poster: When is a bluebottle not a bluebottle? Explaining culturally bound terms through an online Australian cultural dictionary database (Miller J & Kwary, D)

November 2012, Festival of Teaching and Learning, University of Adelaide, Adelaide. Poster: An Australian cultural dictionary; DVD: Saving English grammar with Ms Parrot

September 2012, erga 2012, Adelaide. Paper: Partners in word and deed: blogging to enhance staff collaboration and student learning (Miller, J & Duff, A)

July 2012, Tri-university day, University of Adelaide, Adelaide. Paper: Worldwide domination via the Grammar Gang (Miller, J & Duff, A)

December 2011, ALAA 2011, Canberra. Paper: Phraseology and communicative competence: where language and society meet

December 2011, Australex 2011, Canberra. Paper: Birds of a feather don’t always flock together: the problem of phraseme headwords in online English learners’ dictionaries

November 2011, AALL 2011, Adelaide.  Paper: The influence of question type on the comprehension of expository texts (Marmolejo-Ramos, F, Miller, J & Habel, C)

November 2011, AALL 2011, Adelaide. Paper: Feeding forward with feedback at an Australian university (Warner, R & Miller, J)

August 2011, Kyoto, Japan, Asialex 2011. Paper: It’s not cricket! Lack of consistency and accuracy in labels applied to phrasemes in five English dictionaries for advanced learners

July 2010, Euralex, Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Paper: Coals to Newcastle or glittering gold? Which idioms need to be included in a learner's dictionary for use in Australia?

November 2009, Tri-university day, University of South Australia, Adelaide. Presentation: Look in the dictionary! English learners' dictionaries for academic advising.

November 2009, Australex, Macquarie University, Sydney. Paper: No jam for the wicked: do all English speakers understand and use the same idioms?

November 2008, First International Symposium on Lexicography and L2 Teaching and Learning, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China.  Paper: English learners’ dictionaries in Australia: A challenge to publishers?

November 2008, Australex conference, University of Wellington, NZ.  Paper: Teachers and dictionaries in Australia: Is there a need to train the trainers?

September 2008, Synergy conference, Flinders University. Paper: A paper on or about prepositions? Does a consideration of metaphor in academic writing help students to choose the correct preposition? (Miller, J & Habel, C)

November 2007, Tri-University Day, University of Adelaide.  Paper: Idioms and dictionaries

September 2007, Australex Conference, Adelaide.  Paper: Idioms and dictionaries

July 2007, HERDSA Conference, Adelaide. Showcase paper: Dodging the Damocletian sword of academic oral presentations

November 2006, Educational Research Conference, Flinders University.  Poster: An amazing investment opportunity! The Nigerian business letter as an English teaching aid

November 2005, Educational Research Conference, Flinders University.  Paper: An investigation into the effect of English learners' dictionaries on international students' acquisition of the English article system, specifically in the area of countability (This paper won the conference early career award.)

September 2005, Australex Conference, Melbourne University.  Paper: An investigation into the effect of English learners' dictionaries on international students' acquisition of the English article system, specifically in the area of countability

June 2005, Asialex Conference, National University of Singapore.   Paper: English learners' dictionaries: an undervalued resource

November 2004, Educational Research Conference, Flinders University. Paper: Most of ESL students have trouble with the articles

November 2003, Language and Academic Skills in Higher Education, Biannual National Conference, Flinders University. Round table discussion on academic skills advising for depressed and anxious students

OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND CREATIVE WORKS

Miller, J 2013, 'The Fat Controller', in B Eldridge (ed.), Collecting writers, Ginninderra Press, Adelaide.

Miller, J 2012, Thanks a million! Saving English grammar with Ms Parrot. DVD and online resource produced with the aid of an OLT seed grant.

Haisley, JL 2008, The Good Samaritan, Ginninderra Press, Adelaide.

Miller, J 2008, ‘Up a gum tree’, Bonzer, Issue 73, February, [online magazine].

Miller, J 2006, Academic oral presentation skills. DVD produced with the aid of a Flinders University Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant.

THESES

Miller, J 2011, ‘Never judge a wolf by its cover: an investigation into the relevance of phrasemes included in advanced learners' dictionaries for learners of English as an additional language in Australia’, PhD thesis, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Miller, J 2002, 'An investigation into the use of anglicisms in modern European Portuguese', Masters thesis, Flinders University, Adelaide.

 

Professional Associations

  • Australex Vice President
  • Association for Academic Language and Learning Executive Committee member
  • Asialex member
  • European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing member
  • International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) Ambassador for Australia

 

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Entry last updated: Monday, 21 Jul 2014

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