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Dr. Deborah Hill

Deborah HillPosition

Assistant Professor, TESOL & Foreign Language Teaching

Contact details

Tel: +61 2 6201 2626


Deborah Hill is a linguist and has been with the TESOL program for over a decade. She has had teaching and research experience at universities in Australia and Holland. She has had extensive experience teaching intensively in the program's offshore programs in Vietnam and China (2003-2008).

Areas of Teaching

  • Deborah Hill teaches units related to language and linguistics, particularly grammar and sociolinguistics. She has taught a wide range of units in the MA TESOL program over the past decade.

Research Interests

  • Deborah Hill's research interests are the language and culture of Longgu (Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands) and the teaching of English grammar.

Qualifications Obtained

  • PhD (Linguistics), Australian National University, 1993
  • MA (Linguistics), Australian National University, 1988
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (ESL/Social Sciences), University of Canberra, 1998
  • BA (Hons, 1st Class) (Linguistics), Australian National University, 1985

Recent Publications

  • Hill, Deborah (in press). One community’s post-conflict response to a dictionary project. Language Documentation and Conservation.
  • Hill, Deborah (2011). Transitivity in Longgu: the interdependence of word classes and valency-changing devices, Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 50, No. 2.
  • Hill, Deborah (2011). Longgu Grammar, LINCOM-Europa.
  • Petraki, Eleni & Deborah Hill (2011). Effective grammar teaching: Lessons from confident grammar teachers. TESOL in Context. Vol. 21, No. 2. Pp. 34-51.
  • Petraki, Eleni & Deborah Hill (2010). Theories of grammar and their influence on teaching practice: Examining language teachers’ beliefs. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL 65.


  • 2011 Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Program Small Grant ‘Telling and Re-telling: documenting Longgu (an Oceanic language of the Solomon Islands) folkloric stories and procedural narratives over time’.
  • 2011 University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design Microlinkage Grant (with Dr Elizabeth Bonshek).
  • 2010 University of Canberra Teaching and Learning Centre Blended Learning Hothouse Grant.


  • 2012 Australian Award for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
  • 2012 University of Canberra Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
  • 2009 University of Canberra Unit Satisfaction Survey Recognition Award.

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