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Gillian Sinclair - ACT Year 12

Gillian teaches English for Employment and Training (from Statement of Attainment to Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III and Certificate IV).

Gillian Sinclair
Gillian Sinclair, Teacher

I am also the coordinator of evening languages and ESL (English as a second language), and am a part time student advisor in the CIT Year 12 program.


  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Wollongong;
  • Diploma in Education - University of Wollongong;
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication - University of Canberra;
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - CIT.

Industry experience

I have 25 years experience as a teacher in high schools, colleges, at TAFE and university. I currently coordinate CIT's evening languages and ESL (English as a second language) courses and act as an adviser in CIT's Year 12 program, providing pathway planning, enrolment advice, study skills and support and referrals for students in our Year 12 program.

Before this I taught Year 12 English, ESL and History at Hawker College and the CIT Vocational College.  I was the refugee support teacher and the anti-racism contact officer. I coordinated 'Language for Understanding Across the Curriculum' as well as the international student program where I liaised with the Education Department, International Unit and education agents in China.

These experiences gave me a thorough understanding of the learning needs of young people in general, and specifically the needs of students from overseas whose first language is not English.  I am able to use these experiences in my work at CIT.

I have also been a tutor of academic techniques in the UC Connect program, where I helped students coming through the University of Canberra College to access university courses.

I also taught communications across a range of industry groups with CIT for more than five years, in addition to teaching in colleges and high schools throughout NSW and the ACT.

How I've improved training for students and industry

I was a member of the Vocational College team that researched, designed and implemented the CIT Vocational Year 12 program giving people an alternative to the traditional, school-based year 12 model.

I was also part of the development of an online tool to encourage pathway planning skills and e-portfolios. This tool helps students across the range of programs offered by the Vocational College including Year 12, Access 10, the Adult Migrant English Program, English for Employment Study and Life, Learning Options and English programs for international students.

I developed and implemented the Pastoral Care program for the CIT Year 12 Program to ensure students have access to support services.

Involvement with industry

I have a strong interest in the needs of ESL students and have coordinated a number of international student programs. I have liaised with international units at CIT and the ACT Department of Education, Immigration and educational agents in China and Vietnam. I have been a member of Companion House's teacher support network for refugee students, was the anti-racism contact officer and Access Asia coordinator promoting Asian studies in schools.

I also supported students in the Language for Understanding Across the Curriculum (LUAC) program which develops English skills across all subjects with a particular focus on English for mathematics, science and business.

Other industry connections

I have previously been the Year 12 Assessment and ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies Certification Coordinator at the Vocational College.

Professional and peak body memberships

I am a member of ATESOL (Association for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and ACTATE (ACT Association for the Teaching of English).