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Research interests


Multilingualism, technologies and literacies in education

Multilingualism and wellbeing

Digital literacies

Community languages

Informal learning


Alice Chik is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts, and the Associate Director of Multilingualism Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. 

Her primary area of research examines language learning and multilingual literacies in digital environments. She is especially interested in exploring how language learners construct and direct their autonomous learning in informal contexts. She also has a particular interest in multilingualism is public discourse, representation, and narratives of everyday multilingual experience. She is the lead co-editor of Multilingual Sydney (Routledge, 2019) and lead author of 'Languages of Sydney: The people and the passion' (Candlin & Mynard, 2019). Her recent projects can be found on

Research student supervision

Alice supervises Higher Degree Research students whose projects lie within her areas of research specialization.

Principal Supervisor PhD Thesis


  • Muhammad Nafis Bin Azman: (Tentative) ‘The opportunities and challenges of using CLIL pedagogy: A case study of a Malaysian secondary school’ (ongoing)
  • Charlie Robinson-Jones: 'Exploring the role of a multilingual formative assessment framework in fostering inclusive interaction practices in primary education: A comparative intervention study between the Netherlands and Australia' (ongoing, Joint PhD with the University of Groningen)
  • Catharina Weiss: 'Student beliefs about language diversity: Visual language autobiographies in transnational virtual exchange between Australian and German students' (ongoing, Joint PhD with the University of Hamburg). 
  • Lyndell Nagashima: ‘Stakeholder perspectives of study abroad in the Japanese university context: A discourse analytic study’ (ongoing).
  • Teguh Khaerudin: ‘Exploring teacher trainees’ beliefs about learner autonomy’ (ongoing).
  • Xuan Thi Mai Hoang: ‘An investigation of Vietnamese learners’ construction of English learning ecologies’ (ongoing)
  • Sarah Mason: ‘Context and TESOL teacher identity construction: A comparative study of Australia and Japan’ (ongoing).
  • Sun Jung Joo: ‘Korean as a heritage language in Sydney’ (ongoing).


  • Luyao Liang: ‘A comparative multiple-case study of early childhood English curricula in Australia and China’ (Completed, June 2023).
  • Normala Sulaiman: ‘Exploring English-language teacher emotions, teaching instructions and professional identity in the context of ELT curriculum reform in Malaysia’ (Completed, June 2022).
  • Thi Nguyen: ‘Approaching English medium instruction from ecological perspectives: A Vietnamese case study’ (Completed, February 2022).
  • Paul Brigg: ‘Promoting metacognition in extensive and academic reading for EAP students: A mixed methods study’ (Completed, December 2021).
  • Yijun Yin: ‘Exploring the online and offline language uses among Chinese international students in multilingual cities’ (Completed, August 2021).
  • Muhammad Aulia: ‘The development of intercultural pedagogy in the teaching of English as a foreign language (EFL) in Indonesian universities’ (Completed, April 2021).


Associate Supervisor PhD Thesis

  • Rongle Tan: ‘Multimodal engagement in online early childhood English lessons’ (ongoing).
  • Ting Zhou: (Tentative title) 'Using wordless picturebooks to facilitate heritage language and literacy development' (ongoing). 


Master of Research Thesis

  • Kane Linton: ‘Analysis of participant roles in the Japanese EFL classroom’ (Associate Supervisor, ongoing).


  • Teguh Khaerudin: ‘Supporting the development of learner autonomy through textbooks’ (Completed 2020).
  • Sarah Mason: ‘Age and professional identity: EFL teachers at tertiary institutions in Japan’ (Completed, 2018).
  • Aleksha Mehta: ‘Parent engagement with the children’s primary school: A case study of two Indian migrant families’ (Completed, 2018).
  • Yijun Yin: ‘Teachers’ perceptions and implementations of technology in EFL classroom: A case study of using e-books for EFL reading’ (Completed, 2017).
  • Sun Jung Joo: ‘The multimodal construal of English as a global language in Korean EFL textbooks for primary school children’ (Associate Supervisor, Completed 2017).
  • Paul Brigg: 'Modifying input in extensive reading: Elaborating and glossing’ (Completed, 2015).



Alice teaches in the undergraduate programs and contributes to units relating to literacy and primary teacher education. She currently teaches/convenes

  • EDST4100 Teaching English Language and Literacies in the Upper Primary School Years
  • EDST3100 Teaching English Language and Literacies in the Early Primary School Years
  • EDST8207 Teaching English in the Primary School 
  • EDST8312 Bilingual Education: Theory and Practices

Community engagement

Alice is currently on the editorial boards for Language Learning & Technology, and The Australian Journal of Teacher Education. She also works closely with community organizations in Sydney that serve culturally and linguistically diverse communities. She serves on the Multicultural Advisory Committee, Ryde City Council, and on the management committee of NSW Federation of Community Language Schools Inc.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, How experience shapes individual differences among second language learners: A biographical study of Hong Kong learners in five age groups

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008


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