Sharon Leslie is the Director of English Language Programs at Southern Cross University, Australia. She has worked for almost two decades years in English language education in Australia. Before joining Southern Cross University as a lecturer in 2015, Sharon worked as an English as an additional language advisory visiting teacher for Education Queensland, as a teacher in migrant education with TAFE and as a teacher and manager in ELICOS Colleges. Sharon is a qualified IELTS Examiner and worked for eight years with QUT in that role.
Sharon's current doctoral research explores EAP teacher identity. Her primary research interests are English language proficiency, including post-enrolment academic language development (PEAL), student engagement, teacher identity and online language education.
Sharon is an active member of peak bodies for teaching English as a second language in Australia, including the NEAS Advisory Council and the management committee of the Qld Association of TESOL teachers (QATESOL).
Sharon is the Director of English Language Programs at SCU and course coordinator for the Undergraduate Qualifying Program.