Dr Michelle Cavaleri
  • Director of Academic Enhancement

Dr Michelle Cavaleri

BA Hons (Languages and Linguistics); MA (TESOL); PhD (Applied Linguistics)

Dr Michelle Cavaleri has worked as an academic language and learning specialist in higher education since 2011. She has taught a range of students including undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic, international and online students. Michelle is passionate about helping students reach their educational goals and is inspired by her students' success. Michelle’s research areas of interest include feedback, academic writing and supporting first-year students.

After finishing her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Western Sydney University, Michelle taught English to migrants and international students and found particularly enjoyed teaching academic English. Since 2011, Michelle has worked as an academic language and learning specialist in higher education. This has involved working closely with lecturers to embed language, literacy and skill development within courses and units, advising students one-on-one with the development of their written and verbal communication skills, and creating resources and delivering workshops and webinars on academic skills topics. Michelle also taught postgraduate units in TESOL teaching methodology and curriculum design at Western Sydney University.

Michelle completed her PhD at Western Sydney University in 2017. Her research investigated the effect of different modes of feedback given to first-year university students and the variables that affect students’ uptake of teachers’ feedback, such as level of English language proficiency.

Implementing best practice principles related to academic enhancement to improve the success and retention of students.
Collaborating with academic teaching staff to integrate language, literacy and skill development in courses and units to ensure it is highly relevant and applicable
Providing academic skills support to students via individual consultations, workshops and webinars, and through the provision of resources
Developing high quality academic enhancement resources.
Facilitating professional development sessions for staff on topics such as assessment, feedback, and strategies for teaching academic writing (e.g. scaffolding and modelling).

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