Siri Barrett-Lennard

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Biography

Siri leads the STUDYSmarter team, which provides a comprehensive suite of innovative and engaging academic skills services at UWA. These services develop the study, writing, communication, maths, English language and research skills of over 9,000 UWA students each year.

Siri has a particular interest in promoting international student engagement and success through the development of outstanding English language programs and resources.

Siri developed UWA’s award-winning Language and Cultural Exchange (LACE) program; developed, coordinated, taught and continues to support HUMA1901 and HUMA1902, first-year accredited units in English language and academic communication; co-developed Communication and Research Skills (CARS) and Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE); co-founded WA-AALL, a state branch of the Association for Academic Language and Learning; co-founded and led the UWA Toastmasters Club; co-developed and taught the WRITEStart: Communicating in Business, a full-semester program for students articulating from Chinese Universities; co-developed and teaches English Language Bootcamp; and co-facilitates WRITESmart drop-in services.

Siri's expertise has been recognised through numerous conference presentations and university, state and national awards.

Funding overview

2013/2014: Association for Academic Language and Learning grant for WA-AALL Symposium on changes within the higher education sector - The new university: Wider, deeper, longer, higher - better?

2010/2011: Association for Academic Language and Learning grant for WA-AALL Symposium on the Good Practice Principles for English Language Development for International Students in Australian Universities

2006/7: UWA Learning and Teaching Performance Fund Grant for research on the Perceptions and Expectations of English Requirements and Support (PEERS) of international students at UWA

2004/2005: Two Diversity Initiatives Fund Grants for establishing Language and Cultural Exchange (LACE), an intercultural friendship project for postgraduates and staff, and for extension and publicity of LACE project

Previous positions

Examiner for IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Curtin University, WA

Manager, English Language Programs and International Centre, Central TAFE, WA

Lecturer, National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, Macquarie University, NSW

Teaching overview

English Language Bootcamp: Better English Now and Communicate with Confidence

WRITEStart: Communicating in Business

English Language and Academic Communication: HUMA1901 and HUMA1902

Research

Academic language and learning
English language development
University writing
International student transition
Student engagement and success
Academic integrity in higher education
Integrating communication skills across the curriculum

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • English language development
  • Academic communication
  • Intercultural competence
  • International education
  • Student learning experience

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