Gregory Tweedie

Associate Professor


University of Southern Queensland

Contact information

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Applied linguistics
  • Bilingual/second language education
  • Comparative and international education
  • Dialects in education
  • Dialects in language planning
  • English as a Lingua franca in health care
  • English as an additional/global language
  • Language assessment
  • Preparing teachers for ELLs
  • Second language teaching and learning


Dr. Gregory Tweedie’s research program, in the field of applied linguistics, focuses on the phenomena of the English language as communicative vehicle in international professional contexts, for people from differing first language (L1) backgrounds.

Current Projects:

  • Accelerating Language Acquisition for ELL Jr. High Students – Alberta Education Research Partnerships Program
  • EFL (mis)communication in the Nursing Simulation Lab – Research Across Borders
  • When Families Reconnect – Alberta Education Research Partnerships Program

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Gregory Tweedie holds a secondary school teaching qualification from the Queensland College of Teachers.


Dr. Gregory Tweedie holds a PhD in Education (Applied Linguistics focus) from the University of Southern Queensland. His teaching and research draw heavily upon his experiences as a language teacher and language teacher trainer in East, Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East, Canada, and his native Australia.


  • Tweedie, M. G. & Johnson, R. (2018). Listening instruction: Exploring nursing education where English is a lingua franca. In J. Siegel, & A. Burns (Eds.), International perspectives on teaching the four skills in ELT (pp. 65-77).
  • London: Palgrave. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-63444-9_5
  • Tweedie, M. G. & Johnson, R. (2018) Listening instruction and patient safety: Exploring medical English as a lingua franca (MELF) for nursing education. Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity, 2(1),1-27.
  • Tweedie, M. G. & Dressler, R. (2018). Visual aids as response facilitators in dialogue journals. Language & Literacy, 20(2), 125-143.
  • Tweedie, M.G. & Chu, M-W. (2017). Challenging equivalency in measures of English language proficiency for university admission: Data from an undergraduate engineering program. Studies in Higher Education.
  • doi: 10.1080/03075079.2017.1395008
  • Johnson, R. and Tweedie, M.G. (2010). Could phonemic awareness instruction be (part of) the answer for young ELF learners? A report on the early literacy project in Malaysia. TESOL
  • Quarterly, 44(4), 822-829. doi: 10.5054/tq.2010.238131.