Congratulations to our 2019 grant recipient:
Dr Kate Tran
The John Grierson Grant, valued at up to $A1000, has been set aside to assist with the costs involved in traveling to the biennial AALL conference (or, if the successful applicant lives near the conference, it may be used to assist with other costs). Delegates who meet the application conditions, and are prepared to meet the grant expectations may apply. One grant is available per conference.
Closing date for 2019 John Grierson applications: Monday 16 September, 2019
Applicants notified: no later than Thursday 19 September
Conditions of application
You are currently employed as an Academic Language and Learning (ALL) professional at a tertiary institution in Australia or New Zealand (fractional and fixed-term staff may apply, if they meet all conditions).
- You have never been to an AALL conference before.
- You are a financial member of AALL at the time of the application.
- At the time of the biennial AALL conference, you are employed as an ALL professional at a tertiary institution in Australia, and will have been an ALL professional for not more than 18 months.
- You are willing to facilitate an AALL conference roundtable: New AALL staff - challenges and opportunities.
About John Grierson
By Annie Bartlett
Head, Academic Skills and Learning Unit, The Australian National University
As a professional group, we remember John Grierson (1954‑2003), not only for the fine person and great colleague that he was, not only for his academic achievements, and not only for his contribution to our growing profession, but because, as one of his colleagues, John Nicholls has put it: “John loved his teaching and gave his full intellectual powers to it. He inspired his students and took great pleasure in their work.”
John Grierson made a significant contribution to the development of Academic Language and Learning. In 1992, John took on the role of Head of the Learning Centre at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), a giant six‑campus institution, with 35,000 students. He became the first Head of the renamed Learning Skills Unit. John was well known and respected in the field of English for Academic Purposes, and in the academic community at UWS, particularly at UWS Macarthur, where he was a main player in the development of academic learning and writing. John designed, wrote and lectured in a variety of faculty courses. He wrote and taught two foundation credit units: “University Learning”, and “Academic Writing” for the Bachelor of Adult Education and co-wrote the first Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) version of the unit “lnquiry, Reflection and Analysis”. Apart from these units, he contributed substantially to language and learning support in Law and collaboratively devised substantial materials for writing skills development in the Bachelor of Education (Primary), using computer technology (online tutorials) when it was in its infancy. John also did a lot of work in the Faculty of Health, for example, in the Master of Clinical Practice, team teaching with faculty staff, and co-presenting with them at conferences. In particular, John was active in his support of enabling programmes for those who otherwise would not have gained a university education. He was the first co-ordinator, and instrumental in the early development and continuing success of MacStart, an enabling programme for mature aged students at UWS Macarthur. At the time of his death, John was working on his PhD. Drawing on genre theory, he was examining the language of argument in relation to student essays. His teaching of this area was innovative in that he was working from oral argument into the written form, getting students to better imagine the inner dialogues that underpin written argument.
So far as the wider field of Academic Language and Learning is concerned, John was very active in promoting our professionalism. He presented at numerous conferences in Australia and also overseas, for example, at TESOL in the USA. He also had a number of publications to his credit, for example a chapter in Geoff Brindley's edited collection: Language Assessment in Action (NCELTR, 1995). He was a key player in getting the Unilearn discussion list underway, and was its first moderator, a position he held for a number of years.