Dr Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen

MA(TESOL)(UQ), MEd(EducationalManagement)(RMIT), PhD(Education)(UQ), GradCert(ResearchCom)(UQ)

Honorary Associate


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Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Teacher education and professional learning

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Languages and cultures education

Professional biography

Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen began her career as a lecturer in TESOL in Vietnam. She obtained her PhD in education at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her PhD research was highly recognised by a number of awards such as Research Higher Degree Excellence 2010 and the N V Varghese Prize for Comparative Education. She advocates a professional experience reform based on the notions of collaboration, reciprocity, and critical reflection. She has experience teaching TESOL and training pre-service and in-service teachers.  Her ongoing research interests have been in the areas of  teacher education, teacher professional development, mentoring, TESOL, and activity theory.  In 2012, she joined the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research interests which focus on exploring how preservice teacher learn to teach during the professional experience from a sociocultural perspective.


  • 2001: Toyota Foundation Award

  • 2007: Travel Grant- The 1st Korea English Teachers Associations Joint Conference &  ETAK International Conference

  • 2008: English Speaking Union Fund (Grant), Victoria, Australia

  • 2009:Postgraduate Research Conference Publication Award 2009, School of Education, The University of Queensland

  • 2010: Commercialisation Training Scheme (CTS) support and grant, Graduate School, The University of Queensland


  • 2010: Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence 2010 (Outstanding PhD thesis), The University of Queensland.

  • 2011: The N V Varghese Prize for Comparative Education

  • 2013 Research Recognition Award for  Early Career Researcher by Australian Teacher Education Association


Professional and community roles

  • reviewer of Asia Pacific Journal of Education, System, Asian EFL journal, Current Issues in Language Planning, Action in Teacher Education

Current projects

  • Effective mentoring for preservice and inservice teachers
  • International research enquiry into professional experience: using soft system methodology to examine the challenges of professional experience
  • Understanding Pre-service teachers’ learning to teach during the professional experience in Australia: A sociocultural perspective (The University of Sydney, postdoctoral fellowhip, 2012-2015)

Selected publications


Book chapters

  • Bui, T., & Nguyen, H. T. M. (in press). Standardizing English for educational and socio-economic betterment? A critical Analysis of English language policy reforms. In R. Kirkpatrick (Ed.), English education policy in Asia Springer.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M & Hudson, P. (2012). Preservice EFL teachers' reflections on mentoring during their practicum . In Christina Gitsaki and Richard, B. Baldauf Jr (Eds.), Future directions in applied linguistics: Local and global perspective (Vol. 10, pp. 158–178), UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2012). Primary English language education policy in Vietnam: Insights from implementation. In Richard B. Baldauf, Robert B. Kaplan, Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu and Pauline Bryant (Eds.), Language planning in primary schools in Asia (pp. 121–143), Abindgon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M & Hudson, P. (2012). Peer Group Mentoring: Preservice EFL Teachers’ Collaborations for Enhancing Practices. In Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria G. Dove (Eds.), Co-Teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in The EFL/ESL Classroom Rationale, Research, Reflections, And Recommendations (pp. 231–241), Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Baldauf, R. B. J & Nguyen, H. T. M. (2012). Language policy in Asia and the Pacific . In Bernard Spolsky (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of language policy (Vol. 30, pp. 617–638), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2009). An experimental application of the Problem-Posing Approach for English Language Teaching in Vietnam. In T. Steward (Ed.), Insights on teaching speaking in TESOL (pp. 79–90), Virginia: Virginia TESOL, Inc.

Journal articles

  • Nguyen, H. T. M. & Yang, H. . (in press). Learning to become a teacher in Australia: A study of preservice teachers' identity development. Australian Educational Researcher. DOI:10.1007/s13384-018-0276-9
  • Nguyen, H. T. M., & Baldauf Jr, R. (2015). Beginning teachers: Supporting each other and learning together. Teacher Education & Practice, 28(1).
  • Hamid, O., Nguyen, H. T. M., & Kamwangamalu, N. . (2014). Medium of instruction in Africa (Commentary). Current Issues in Language Planning, 15(1), 1–3. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.867574
  • Sunggingwati, D., & Nguyen, H. T. M. (2013). Self-questioning strategy training: Insights from implementation . Asian EFL Journal (Teaching Articles), 68, 39–72.
  • Dang, A. T. K., Nguyen, H. T. M., & Le, T. T. T. (2013). The impacts of globalisation on EFL teacher education through English as a medium of instruction: An example from Vietnam. Current Issues in Language Planning , 14(1), 60–82.
  • Hamid, O. M., Nguyen, H. T. M., & Baldauf, R. B. Jr . (2013). Medium of instruction in Asia: Context, processes and outcomes. Current issues in language planning , 14(1), 1–17.
  • Sunggingwati, D., & Nguyen, H. T. M. . (2013). Teachers’ questioning in reading lessons: A case study in Indonesia. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching , 10(1), 80–95.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2013). Peer Mentoring: A Way Forward for Supporting Preservice Efl Teachers Psychosocially During the Practicum. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(7), 31–44.
  • Nguyen, H.T.M. (2011). Primary English language education policy in Vietnam: insights from implementation. Current Issues in Language Planning, 12(2), 225–249.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. & Baldauf, R. B. J. (2010). Effective peer mentoring for EFL pre-service teachers’ instructional practicum practice. English Language Teacher Education and Development: Issues and perspectives in Asia (Special issue of The Asian EFL Journal), 12(3), 40–61.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2010). Teacher as a facilitator. The MLTAQ Journal, 150, 15–19.
  • Vo, L. T., & Nguyen, H. T. M. (2010). Critical friends group for EFL teachers’ professional development. ELT Journal , 64(2), 205–213.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. & Hudson, P. (2010). Preservice EFL teachers’ attitudes, needs, and experiences about teaching writing and learning to teach writing before their practicum: A case study in Vietnam. The Asian EFL Journal Quarterly, 12(2), 43–67.
  • Hudson,P., Nguyen, H. T. M., & Hudson, S. (2009). Mentoring EFL Preservice Teachers in EFL Writing. TESL Canada Journal, 27(1), 85–102.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2008). Mentoring beginning EFL teachers at tertiary level in Vietnam. The Asian EFL Journal, 10(1), 111–132.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2008). Developing EFL learners’ intercultural communicative competence: A gap to be filled? . . The Asian EFL Journal (Professional Articles Volume 3 ), 3, 122–139.
  • Luong, Q. T., & Nguyen, H. T. M. . (2008). Student writing process, perceptions, problems, and strategies in writing academic essays in second language: A case study. VNU Journal of Science, Foreign Languages, 24(5), 184–197.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2007). Developing EFL learners' intercultural communicative competence: A gap to be filled?. Asian EFL Journal, 21, 122–139.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M., & Nguyen. Q. T. (2007). Teaching English in primary schools in Vietnam: An overview. Current Issues in Language Planning, 8(1), 162–173.

Conference papers

  • Hamid, O., & Nguyen, H. T. M. (2013). Globalization, English as an Asian language and teachers of English in Asia. In Globalizing education in an Asian century: An Australian perspective Symposium. The University of Queensland, 15-16 August 2013.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2013). Contradictions in professional experience . In Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) annual conference 2013: Knowledge makers and notice takers: teacher education research impacting policy and practice. Brisbane, QLD, 30 June - 3 July, 2013.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M . (2012). Learning and supporting each other during the practicum.. In AARE-APERA conference, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia .
  • Nguyen, H. T. M & Bloomfield, D. (2012). Understanding pre-service teachers’ learning to teach during the professional experience in Australia: A sociocultural perspective . In Proceedings of London International Conference on Education, London, UK.
  • Nguyen. H. T. M. (2010). A linguistic analysis of EFL student teachers’ attitudes toward the practices of mentoring. . In 2010 Applied Linguistics Association of Australia Congress (ALAA): Future directions in applied linguistics: Local and global perspectives.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2010). Teaching English from a critical perspective: an experimental approach to raise students’ voice. In International TESOL Conference: Redefining TESOL for the 21st Century, Gold Coast, Australia. .
  • Baldauf, R. B. Jr., & Nguyen, H. T. M. (2009). Peers as a valuable source of support for preservice EFL teachers during the TESOL practicum. Paper presented at . In Asian EFL Conference.
  • Baldauf, R. B. J, Li, M., & Nguyen, H. T. M. et al. (2008). Successes and failures in language planning for European languages in Asian nations. In (Eds.), (pp. 81-91). Japan: European Institute, Sophia University; Japan Esperanto Institute . In G. C. Kimura & N. Yoshida Towards Equitable Language Policy in Asia (Proceedings of the 5th Nitobe Symposium, Tokyo, August 2007) (pp. 81–91).
  • Hudson, P., Nguyen, H. T. M., & Hudson, S. (2008). Mentoring Vietnamese pre-service teachers in EFL writing. In K. Bradford-Watts Proceeding JALT2007: The Japan Association for Language Teaching 33 rd International Conference (pp. 1–15).
  • Hudson, P., & Nguyen,H. T. M. (2008). What do EFL pre-service teachers expect from their mentors? . In Proceedings of AARE conference: Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures.
  • Hudson, P., Nguyen, H. T. M. & Hudson, S. (2008). Challenges pre-service EFL teachers face as they enter practicum. In Proceedings of The Asia TEFL conference.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M., & Luong. T. Q. . (2007). EFL student teachers’ challenges during practicum: A case study.. In Proceedings of 2007 ETAK International Conference.
  • Nguyen, H. T. M. (2007). Peer mentoring for pre-service EFL teachers during their practicum. . In J. Kiggins and L. Kervin Quality in Teacher Education: Considering Different Perspectives and Agenda (Proceedings of 2007 ATEA Conference) (pp. 391–404).