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Gemma Clarke

Academic Coordinator – Language, Learning & Teaching

Gemma Clarke Academic Coordinator at Curtin College

What is your role at Curtin College?

My role is quite varied. I manage and teach Communications skills units and English development. This includes identifying and tracking students’ progress in English language as well as working with my colleagues to provide a comprehensive program of support classes to ensure all students have the support to be successful in their studies.

I also coordinate the Professional Development program at the College.

What do you like most about your role?

I love the opportunity to teach and interact with students who come from just about every country in the world. It is a wonderful experience to work in an environment where you have the opportunity to support a person as they work towards their education and career goals.

I particularly enjoy walking around campus and catching up with former students and hearing how they are progressing.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Teaching is a very social activity and therefore I prefer an active, student-centred approach to teaching. I believe that I have a very important role to play in helping to motivate and engage my students. My classes are spaces where critical discussion, peer interaction and having fun while learning is always part of the outcome!

Where else have you worked?

Before coming to Curtin College and Australia, I taught in London (England), Johannesburg (South Africa) and La Romana (Dominican Republic). I have also worked in the corporate world for a number of years as a Business Development Manager and Project Manager.

What’s your academic background?

B.A, Grad Dip Ed., CELTA, MA (Education), SFHEA, FHERDSA


Gemma Clarke