Frances Tolhurst

Lecturer, Tertiary Enabling Program

Fran Tolhurst has extensive experience in teaching language and literacy, and currently teaches humanities units in the Tertiary Enabling Program.  She has also spent many years establishing teaching education programs internationally. These have included early learning programs for children in the rural areas of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kenya and Uganda, and adult literacy programs for women across northern and central Afghanistan.

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  • Master of Letters (Peace Studies)
  • Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Studies) (University of South Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (Charles Darwin University)
  • Graduate Certificate Special Education (Flinders University)
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (Charles Darwin University)

Areas of teaching expertise

Academic language and literacy

English as an additional language

Teacher Education

Research bio (including key areas of research expertise and supervision)

Engaging students transitioning to first year university

Scaffolding literacy learning (Reading to Learn methodology)

Building communities of learners

Teaching in diversity


T: 08 8946 7295

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School of Academic Language and Learning
Casuarina Campus
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT, 0909