2017 Program


2017 Action Research Program participants: (back) Geoff Larsen, Ashley Carmody, Julia Gibbons, Ramesh Presser, Penny Podimatopoulos, Sharn Hammond, An Sneyers; (front) Melissa Oldroyd, Professor Anne Burns (key reference person), Sophie O'Keefe (English Australia) and Keren Stead Bomfim

Research Theme

The Action Research in ELICOS Program research theme for 2017 was teaching, learning and assessing listening. 

The 2017 program was interested in identifying effective classroom interaction practices that enhance and integrate listening skills development and take into account the assessment of learner progress and/or achievement. 

Click here to read a summary of the six research projects from 2017.

In 2017, nine  participants from six  different colleges were selected to participate in the program:



Project Focus

Melissa Oldroyd &

An Sneyers

Monash College

Using active listening skills to improve listening comprehension in  8 expository discussions 

Penny Podimatopoulos &

Sharn Hammond

University of Wollongong College

SIP and Listen: How does raising awareness of stress and intonation, and pausing, affect students’ listening skills?  


Ramesh Presser &

Ashley Carmody

La Trobe Melbourne

How mobile based technologies influence the teaching of listening and student engagement in listening tasks

Keren Stead Bomfim

Centre for English Teaching, The University of Sydney

How can teaching phonemic awareness impact on students’ listening (& note-taking) skills? 

Geoff Larsen


Kaplan International English, Sydney

Exploring the effects of metacognitive and grammatical awareness on students' listening of short bursts of speech

Julia Gibbons



Comparing the outcomes of student controlled and teacher controlled micro-listening tasks


To find out more, please contact the English Australia PD Manager, Sophie O'Keefe at sophieokeefe@englishaustralia.com.au or phone (02) 9264 4700.