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About Associate Professor Thomas Roche PhD

Associate Professor Thomas Roche - BA (The University of Queensland), BEd (UQ), PhD (Technische Universität Dresden). 
I am the Director of SCU College and English Language Programs at Southern Cross University, where I am also the program coordinator for SCU's Career Start (Study Abroad), and the Diploma of Business for international students. 

I am a member of the University English Centres Australia (UECA) Committee and co-lead of the UECA national initiative, the External Referencing of the ELICOS Standards and International Education [ERESIS] Project. The project focuses on developing benchmarking practices of institutional processes, curricula and assessment items against the 2018 ELICOS standards and involves over 24 Australian University English Centres.
Primary research interests: Applied Linguistics - additional language (L2) development/testing/teaching/vocabulary knowledge, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) curriculum design. Recently, I have also published on domestic higher education enabling education pathway programs in Australia, and on the role of digital literacy in higher education pathway programs. I also publish on Middle Eastern cultural studies with a focus the language of dress, and veiling practices in the Sultanate of Oman.

I have significant teaching and management experience in higher education direct entry pathway programs for international (e.g. Post- and Undergraduate Qualifying Programs) and domestic students (Preparing for Success - enabling program; Diploma of Business) in Australia; and, degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education (TESOL)) in the Sultanate of Oman in affiliation with The University of Queensland. I also undertake external quality assurance and program reviews for universities in Australia and abroad.


2016 - Present Deputy Director, Southern Cross University SCU College
2016 - Present Director, English Language Programs, Southern Cross University SCU College

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2001 - 2006 PhD, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany ‐ Fakultät Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften
1993 - 1999 BA (English/Psychology); BEd (English/TESOL), The University of Queensland, Australia ‐ Faculty of Arts

Contact Information

SCU College, Building C, Southern Cross University
PO Box 157 (Military Road), Lismore, NSW,  2480, Australia.
T:+61(0)2 66269148  M: +61 (0)417719708  
CRICOS Provider: 01241G


Journal Articles (17)

Conferences (23)