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Margaret McBride

I teach the Certificate III in Spoken and Written English to adult migrants.

Margaret McBride
Margaret McBride, English as a Second Language

I am also a coordinator / trainer for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Home Tutor Scheme (HTS) which provides training and support for volunteer tutors to assist adult migrants who are unable to attend class.


  • Master of Education TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) - University of South Australia;
  • Graduate Diploma TESL (teaching English as a second language) - University of South Australia;
  • BA Linguistics - Australian National University.

Industry experience

I have worked in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) for almost thirty years, delivered through the TAFE systems in Adelaide, the Riverina and Canberra.

I have also been a teacher trainer delivering the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language through University of Technology Sydney and the Language Teaching Experience unit at the University of Canberra, in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Graduate Diploma. I have maintained close ties with this program arranging observations at CIT for trainee teachers.

How I've improved training for students and industry

In 2008 I re-wrote the new Home Tutor training program, used to train home tutors who then go on to teach English to migrants in their own environment. The program now incorporates modern training methodology and has been purchased by the South Australian AMEP Home Tutor Scheme.

Published work

a-TESOL Journal articles:

  • Using Music in the ESOL classroom;
  • English at Work in the Afghan Restaurant.

I have also presented papers and workshops at a number of conferences both national and international, the most recent of which was the 2010 Cam-TESOL conference in Phnom Phen where I presented a paper on English for the workplace.