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The Australian National University

Dr Loan Dao

PhD (Applied Linguistics, ANU), MA (TESOL, UC), Grad. Dip. (Computing Studies, UC)
Lecturer/Tutor
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Language Studies 2003
  • English As A Second Language 200303
  • South East Asian Languages (Excl. Indonesian) 200314
  • Translation And Interpretation Studies 200323
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408

Researcher's projects

The acquisition of Vietnamese by Australian tertiary students and applicability of Processability Theory (2018-2019 Asia Pacific Innovation Grant (APIP), ANU). This project is to typologically test Processability Theory’s (PT) validity on Vietnamese, and to design a PT-based curriculum. The aims are to study the students’ developmental process with the existing curriculum while concurrently design a new one according to PT, and investigate if applying this theory-based curriculum will enhance the students' language acquisition process.

Trilingual First-Language-Acquisition: Vietnamese, French, English. A longitudinal study-in-progress on the speech production of a child, born in March 2013 in Canberra, who has been exposed to three languages, Vietnamese, French and English, simultaneously and from birth. Apart from aiming to longitudinally study a child’s ability to acquire three languages from birth, with one language typologically very different from the other two, this study also aims to contribute to research and theories on trilingualism by testing whether the SLA theory Emergent Functional Grammar (EFG, Charters, 2013: 267), which assumes “processing in the early stages of SLA is largely semantically and pragmatically determined” can be applied to this case of trilingual first-language-acquisition.

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