CONSULTANT PROFILES

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Mercurius Goldstein

Theodora Lafkas

Nicole Brookes

APELS Principal Consultant
Mercurius Goldstein

M.Ed (Research), B.Ed (Hons.I)

Mercurius is responsible for the development and delivery of APELS programs, and is the key contact for proposals, strategic communications and media.

Combining a business background in media, marketing and advertising with an academic background in languages education, Mercurius Goldstein is an expert practitioner of communications across many modes and contexts.

His thesis on the 'Teach English Through English Method' resulted in the award of Master of Education (Research) from The University of Sydney.

Mercurius also achieved first-class Honours in the Bachelor of Education at The University of Sydney, and received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Australian College of Educators.

Mercurius has worked as a teacher of ESL and Japanese language in both public and private schools and colleges in Sydney, New York City and rural/regional New South Wales.

From 2009-2012 (summer /winter school), Mercurius was an instructor for the International Leaders Program at The University of Sydney.

From 2006-2009, Mercurius was engaged by some of Australia's leading educators at the Faculty of Education and Social Work as a research assistant on international education projects.

APELS Consultant Emeritus
Theodora Lafkas

M.Ed (TESOL), Grad.DipEd, B.A, Cambridge Cert.TEFLA, Cert. IV Training & Assessment

Dora is the Foundation member, who developed the Interactive approach that forms the backbone of all APELS courses and which is critical to the development of teachers’ and students' all-round communicative competence.

Over 25 years of teaching and lecturing in TESOL and languages, Dora is a respected and influential contributor to the practice of TESOL, literacy and language curriculum development across Australian high schools, universities, vocational, remedial, adult and Indigenous education.

Dora was a pioneer of the genre-based approach to English language teaching that has since been adopted throughout Australian ELL curricula and classrooms. Genre-based teaching enables student mastery of the full range of text-types they will encounter in globalised academic, business and social settings.

Dora's expertise as a TESOL and languages consultant has been called upon by organisations as diverse as AUSAID, the NSW Department of Education and Training, the Adult Migrant English Service, the Australian Centre for Languages, the University of Wollongong, and educational authorities and institutes in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Spain and Taiwan.

Dora’s contribution to the development of Australia’s new generation of education professionals was recognised by the Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney.

APELS Senior Consultant
Nicole Brookes

M.IntSocDev, B.A (Languages), B.Teach, Cert. IV Training & Assessment

Nicky has a breadth and depth of TESOL teaching experience spanning 15 years in overseas and NSW schools, Intensive English Centres, TAFEs and The University of Sydney, where she was employed as a teacher educator for pre-service primary school teachers.

Nicky's work was instrumental in the development of the NSW Intensive English Centre Outcomes Framework, which for over a decade has specified the curriculum goals for adult learners of English in NSW.

Nicky's teaching practice is especially attuned to the needs of adult learners at all levels of English proficiency, especially in vocational settings and for teacher education purposes.

She is also an expert practitioner in the delivery of ELL for vocational education purposes.

Teachers who work with Nicky benefit from both her insight into the language acquisition process, and her practical knowledge of strategies which encourage interactive language learning in the classroom.