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Vera Williams Tetteh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics and a member of the Language on the Move research team. Her research interests are in second language learning and teaching, intercultural communication, World Englishes, language and migration, and adult migrant language experiences.

Vera completed her PhD with a thesis exploring the language learning and settlement experiences of African migrants in Australia. The thesis examined the interplay between pre-migration language learning and education experiences, and post-migration settlement outcomes in Australia. The thesis was shortlisted for the 2018 Joshua A. Fishman Award for an outstanding dissertation in the sociology of language, and was the runner up for the 2016 Michael Clyne Award from the Australian Linguistic Society.

In 2018, Vera received the Department of Linguistics’ Chitra Fernando Fellowship for Early Career researchers, and she is now working on a collaborative study focusing on oracy-based multilingualism in sub-Saharan African communities in Australia. She also engages in interdisciplinary research with colleagues in Sociology, Business, and Marketing.

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Nigerian immigrant women’s entrepreneurial embeddedness in Ghana, West Africa

Antwi Bosiakoh, T. & Williams Tetteh, V., 11 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. 11, 1, p. 38-57 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The concept of a child within sub-Saharan African migrant homes: reconciling culture and child rights

    Mugadza, H. T., Stout, B., Akombi, B. J., Williams Tetteh, V. & Renzaho, A., Nov 2019, In : Child and Family Social Work. 24, 4, p. 519-528 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Longitudinal study 2011 – 2014: final report

    Yates, L., Terraschke, A., Zielinski, B., Pryor, E., Wang, J., Major, G., Radhakrishnan, M., Middleton, H., Chisari, M. & Williams Tetteh, V., 2015, Sydney: Macquarie University.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Gengo keikaku to shakaiteki hōsetsu: Afurika shogengo no "hakka"

    Translated title of the contribution: Immigrants and social inclusion: the case of Australia's AfricansTetteh, V., 2009, Imin seisaku e no apurōchi: raifu saikuru to tabunka kyōsei = Living together in a multicultural society : approaches to immigration policy. Kawamura, C., Kondō, A. & Nakamoto, H. (eds.). Tokyo, Japan: Akashi Shoten, p. 262-264 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter