Ganesh Koramannil

MEd (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, MA (English Language Linguistics and Literature), BA (English Language Linguistics and Literature)

PhD Candidate

Ganesh Koramannil is a research scholar with the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University in Darwin Australia. Ganesh has worked in the areas of ESL, TESOL, Linguistics, Literacy and English Literature for 20 years. He has worked in various parts of India and Australia. Over the last decade, he has worked mostly in the Northern Territory. Ganesh has teaching experience in Higher Education, Vocational, ELICOS and High School sectors. His areas of interest include education, languages, cultural studies, Indigenous knowledges, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD), English for Academic purposes in Higher Education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Education Policy, ESL/TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy, Ethnic minorities and access to higher education.

His research has had the perspective of an inquirer from an ESL background. His Masters thesis on the social perspectives of English education in India during the British Raj was awarded a High Distinction. His background as an ESL student, ESL educator, Cambridge ESOL Examiner, and his teaching practices in Higher Education, extensively influences his research interests. His current research investigates the impact of English language proficiency on Indigenous students from EALD backgrounds in accessing university education.

PhD Project Title

Investigating the English Language Proficiency (ELP) of English as Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students in their first year (FY) undergraduate studies in a regional university

Research Interests

  • Higher Education
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
  • Education Policy
  • ESL/TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy 
  • Ethnic minorities and access to higher education
  • Cultural studies


Professor Ruth Wallace, Principal (College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, CDU)
Professor Sophie Arkoudis (Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Melbourne University)
Dr Lyn Fasoli (Batchelor Institute, Charles Darwin University)
Dr Linda Payee Ford (Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)

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Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Koramannil, G (2015), Linguistic similarities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and international students from non-English backgrounds in higher education: implications for access and success in H. Huijser, R. Ober, S. O'Sullivan, E. McRae-Williams, R. Elvin (Eds.)Finding common ground: narratives, provocations and reflections from the 40-year celebration of Batchelor Institute (pp. 90 – 101) Batchelor Press, Batchelor NT

Journal Articles

Koramannil, G. (2016) Looking for the invisible: The case of EALD Indigenous students in higher education, Journal of Academic Language and Learning 10(1), A87-A100

Ganesh Koramannil


T: +61 (08) 8946 4889

Darwin, NT