- The English Language
- Second Language Acquisition and Learning
- Interlanguage Phonology
- Language, Culture and Second Language Learning
- language and literacy in English language education
- teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
- language acquisition
- language proficiency testing and assessment
- grammar and discourse style in written texts
- pronunciation instruction
Dr Michael Carey has taught and conducted research within linguistics since 1992 in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), speech science (perception and pronunciation modification), academic writing, language testing and assessment, and preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Michael has published curriculum materials on IELTS preparation and journal articles on placement testing and high-stakes testing. He has won several competitive research grants within the field of language testing and for international development projects aimed at building the capacity of English teachers in Indonesia. For his work in Indonesia he has been awarded an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning as a member of the IPG "For stimulating systemic educational reform in Indonesian Papua through a unique, outcome-driven teacher education program for students within an Australian university".
Dr Carey's teaching role at USC includes coordination for the combined secondary Education programs and teaching language and literacy courses. In 2014 he was awarded a Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Individual Citation) “For excellence in developing curricula, resources and services that improve the English language skills and knowledge of pre-service teachers, colleagues and the wider student cohort”. He also supervises a number of Masters and PhD research students in various fields of linguistics.