Peter Roger

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Peter Roger is the Director of Programs in Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University.  A medical graduate from the University of Sydney, he received his PhD from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Sydney in 2003. Drawing upon his dual backgrounds in medicine and linguistics, his research interests lie in the broad area of health communication, with a particular focus on topics relating to linguistic diversity.  Peter also has a research and PhD supervision profile in the area of second language acquisition, where his specific interests concern the links between language learning, motivation and identity, particularly as these issues relate to today’s rapidly globalising world. His fields of research endeavour are united by the common themes of linguistic diversity and social inclusion.

Peter teaches Second Language Acquisition and Research Methods in Language Study as part of the Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL program.  He also teaches the undergraduate unit "Language, Globalisation and World Englishes", and gives lectures in the areas of bilingual aphasia and interpreter-mediated healthcare encounters.  He is co-author (with Sally Candlin) of Communication and Professional Relationships in Healthcare Practice (Equinox, 2013).

An active PhD supervisor, Peter has supervised 26 higher degree research candidates to completion, including 18 as principal supervisor. He supervises research projects in the area of interactions in health communication as well as individual differences in second language acqusition. He was a featured speaker at the 2019 International KOTESOL Conference in Seoul in 2019.  His current research activities include a collaborative project on tele-health in general practice, funded by the Avant Foundation.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, MB BS (Hons), University of Sydney

Communication Sciences and Disorders, PhD, University of Sydney


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