Professor Lesley Harbon
Lesley Harbon is Professor and Head of School of International Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.
She has been involved in Indonesian studies in Australia for more than 40 years. After learning Indonesian at secondary school and at university, Lesley graduated as an Indonesian teacher, and taught Indonesian in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts for more than 20 years. Lesley then moved to foreign language teacher education and continued to support pre-service Indonesian teachers coordinating in-country immersion programs, chiefly in Bandung West Java and Padang West Sumatra.
Lesley has published widely on topics such as bilingual/CLIL education, intercultural language education, international experiences for language teachers, and language teacher professional development. Lesley edited Pelangi (USQ Press) in the 1980/90s, and then Babel, the journal of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations in the early 2000s. She was President of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations between 2007 and 2010. With two colleagues, Lesley was joint-author of “Dari Kami Ke Kita”, an Indonesian textbook series published by Cengage in 2010.
Lesley was on the Australian Development Scheme (ADS) Joint Selection Team in Indonesia between 2007-2011. This involved interviewing research higher degree candidates for the ADS Australian government scholarship awards in a number of centres across the Indonesian archipelago. With Dr Sisilia Halimi from Universitas Indonesia in 2015, Lesley was successful in obtaining an Australia Indonesia Centre Grant ($20,000) for a project entitled, “Uncovering important information on food and nutrition for school-aged children in Indonesia’s linguistic landscape.”
Lesley has supervised eleven Masters and Doctoral student research projects to completion, three of whom were Indonesian. Her work in pre-service and in-service language teacher education since 1996 has seen her involvement in the scholarly discussion surrounding language teaching and learning and she has been a frequent speaker over the past five years delivering keynote addresses to large professional teacher associations such as TEFLIN.
Lesley is a NAATI Para-Professional Translator Level 2 – Indonesian to English/English to Indonesian.