Kathleen Rushton

MEd(Research)(Sydney), MA(Sydney), GradDipAdultEd(TESOL)(UTS), DipEd(Sydney), BA(Hons)Sociology(Essex)

Lecturer in English

Director of Professional Experience


Phone: +61 2 9351 6351

Fax: +61 2 9351 4580

Building.Room: A35.910

Professional biography

Kathy has worked as an English-as-an-additional language teacher, teaching students in primary as well as as high schools. She worked for several years as a literacy consultant for the NSW Department of Education and Training. Her interests include all aspects of language and literacy development especially with Aboriginal students and students learning English as an additional language. She is currently researching the significance of text in the teaching of reading, with a focus on Aboriginal communities.


  • Professional Teachers Council NSW Outstanding professional service award - Association for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages NSW.

Professional and community roles

  • Member of (ATESOL) Association for teaching English to speakers of other languages NSW Inc. council from 1996 holding the offices of Vice-president in 1998 and Secretary 2004, 2009-2011

  • Peer-reviewer for the refereed journals TESOL in Context; The Australian journal of language and literacy and SCAN


  • Member of ACTA (Australian Council of TESOL Associations) council 2009-2011 & 2003-2004.

  • Editorial Board member for SCAN magazine a quarterly refereed journal published by (CLIC) NSW Curriuclum and Learning Innovation Centre

Selected publications


  • Rossbridge,J. & Rushton,K. (2011). Conversations about text 2: Teaching grammar using factual texts. Marrickville: (PETAA) Primary English Teaching Asssociation.
  • Rossbridge,J. & Rushton,K. (2010). Conversations about text 1: Teaching grammar using literary texts. . Marrickville: e:lit (Primary English Teaching Association).

Book chapters

  • Rushton, K. (2007). The significance of text in the teaching of reading in the early years. In Alyson Simpson (Ed.), Future directions in literacy: International conversations conference 2007 (pp. 256–268), Sydney: University of Sydney Press.

Journal articles

  • Rushton,K. (2010). The culture of silence: why local stories matter . Scan, Curriculum K-12 Directorate, NSW Department of Education and Training., 29(4), 25–30.
  • Rushton, K. (2009). Books and reading: Tools or toys?. TESOL in Context Pedagogies of Connection, S2(May).
  • Rushton, K. (2008). Cooperative planning and teaching for ESL students in the mainstream classroom. TESOL in Context, 18(1), 21–28.

Conference papers

  • Rushton, K. (2006). Teaching grammar in context across the KLAs. In Alyson Simpson Proceedings of the National Conference on Future Directions in Literacy (pp. 204–218). Sydney, 3-4 March 2006.


  • Rushton,K. (2010). e:update010 Teaching grammar in the context of narrative. , Marrickville: e:lit (Primary English Teaching Association).