Dr Naomi Wilks-Smith

Naomi's research focus is second language education. She specialises in the impact of intentional teaching gestures in second language teaching and learning.

Dr Naomi Wilks-Smith is an experienced teacher who has taught in a variety of educational settings within primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions in New Zealand, Japan and Australia. She has taught in mainstream classrooms, language centres, bilingual schools, and as a specialist Japanese language teacher. She was the coordinator at one of the first Japanese bilingual schools in Victoria.

Naomi is currently the Coordinator and Lecturer of Languages and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages courses in the Bachelor of Education program in the School of Education. Naomi’s PhD focused on the impact of Intentional Teaching Gestures when teaching and learning Japanese as a second language.

Her other research interests include second language teaching methodology, second language acquisition, Japanese as a second language, communicative language teaching and learning, bilingual education, and gesture-based approaches to teaching additional languages.

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