Dr Sue Ollerhead

Lecturer, EAL/Literacies

BA, CELTA, MA (Linguistics), MEd (TESOL), PhD

School of Education


+61 (2) 9385 8243
115 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: English as a Second Language

Dr Sue Ollerhead is a lecturer in English as an additional language and Literacies in the School of Education. She has worked in EAL and literacy training in Africa, Europe and Australia, and has worked extensively on the development of English language materials for schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Her expertise lies in TESOL and EAL literacy development pedagogies, both within Australian secondary school classrooms and adult literacy programs. Her current research is focused on multilingual and translanguaging pedagogies to support and enhance classroom learning.

Edited book: Choi, J. & Ollerhead, S. (2018). Plurilingualism in teaching and learning: complexities across contexts. New York: Routledge


    Book Chapters

    • Ollerhead S, 2018, 'Trans-semiotising pedagogy as an agentive response to monolingual language policy: an Australian case study', in Glasgow GP; Bouchard J (ed.), Researching Agency in Language Policy and Planning, edn. Routledge critical studies in multilingualism, Routledge, New York, N.Y., pp. 147 - 147
    • Choi J;Ollerhead S, 2018, 'Plurilingualism in teaching and learning', in Plurilingualism in Teaching and Learning: Complexities Across Contexts, pp. 1 - 244, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315392462
    • Ollerhead S;Prinsloo M;Krause LS, 2018, 'Translingual innovation within contact zones: Lessons from Australian and South African schools', in Plurilingualism in Teaching and Learning: Complexities Across Contexts, pp. 129 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315392462-8
    • Davison C;Ollerhead S, 2018, 'But I’m not an English teacher! Disciplinary literacy in Australian science classrooms.', in Tang K-S; Danielsson K (ed.), Global developments in literacy research for science education, edn. 1, Springer International Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69197-8
    • Ollerhead S;Choi J;French M, 2017, 'Introduction', in Choi J; Ollerhead S (ed.), Plurilingualism in Teaching and Learning Complexities Across Contexts, pp. 1 - 18
    • Burns, AC;Ollerhead SH, 2017, '"Bringing the outside In": Content-based Instruction and English Language Adult Continuing Education', in The Content-based Classroom New Perspectives on Integrating Language and Content, pp. 204 - 215, http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mpub.8198148
    • Ollerhead S, 2016, '"BASICALLY, I NEED HELP" Responding to Learner Identity in a Skills-Driven ESL Literacy Programme', in Yasukawa K; Black S (ed.), BEYOND ECONOMIC INTERESTS: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ADULT LITERACY AND NUMERACY IN A GLOBALISED WORLD, edn. International Issues in Adult Education, SENSE PUBLISHERS, pp. 77 - 94, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000373436500007&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Ollerhead S;Burns A, 2016, 'Teacher agency and policy response in the Australian adult ESL literacy classroom: A multisite case study', in Teacher Agency and Policy Response in English Language Teaching, pp. 105 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315646701
    • Ollerhead S;Burns A, 2015, 'Creativity as resistance: Implications for language teaching and teacher education', in Creativity in Language Teaching: Perspectives from Research and Practice, pp. 227 - 240, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315730936

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Ollerhead SH, 2012, 'Changing the discourse of deficit in the low-level adult ESL literacy classroom. Paper presented at combined ALAA-ALANZ conference.', in Changing the discourse of deficit in the low-level adult ESL literacy classroom. Paper presented at combined ALAA-ALANZ conference., 01 - 03 December 2011
    • Ollerhead SH, 2009, 'Teacher and learner agency in the low-level adult ESL literacy classroom', in Teacher and learner agency in the low-level adult ESL literacy classroom, 01 - 03 October 2014

    Edited Books

    • 2017, Plurilingualism in Teaching and Learning: Complexities across contexts, Taylor & Francis, London, United Kingdom

Teaching and Supervision

EDST5440 Advanced TESOL Methodology (MEd)

EDST5442 Advanced Professional Practice for TESOL (MEd)

EDST5441 Advanced Curriculum and Assessment for TESOL (MEd)

EDST2022 Teaching EAL/D Learners in the mainstream secondary school classroom (MEd)

EDST5457 Literature Review in Education (MEd)

EDST5454 Emerging Literacies: from Kindergarten to University (MEd/MTeach)

EDST5134 Addressing Learner Diversity

EDST5139 Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment across the Curriculum

EDST5131 Teaching Oral Communication

Honours and prizes

Macquarie University Research Excellence scholarship holder

Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship holder

Engagement and Professional contributions

Co-editor of Australian Review of Applied Linguistics

Member of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL)

Member of the New South Wales Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council (NSWALNC)

Member of the NSW Association for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ATESOL NSW)