Shannon MASON

J-GLOBAL         Last updated: Sep 12, 2019 at 16:23
Shannon MASON
Nagasaki University
Faculty of Education
Job title
Assistant Professor
PhD(Griffith University)
Other affiliation
Murdoch University, Australia

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Jun 2019
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Education, Murdoch University, Australia
Apr 2018
School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Education, Nagasaki University, Japan
Apr 2015
Mar 2018
Department of International Studies, Faculty of International Studies, Nagasaki prefectural university, Japan
Jun 2008
Dec 2015
High school teacher, Queensland Department of Education, Australia
Oct 2007
Mar 2008
Part-time instructor, Cross-cultural Studies, Kobe University of Foreign Language Studies


PhD, School of Language and Linguistics, Griffith University
Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics), School of Linguistics, University of New England
Bachelor of Education, Education, Central Queensland University
Cultural exchange program, Miyagi University of Education

Awards & Honors

Sep 2019
Early career researcher travel scholarship, The Volkswagen Foundation, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (Washington/US) and the University of Bremen
Oct 2014
MLTAQ Award for Exemplary Practice in Languages (Secondary), Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland
Oct 2008
MLTAQ Language Teaching Excellence Award, Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland

Published Papers

Typical scope of time commitment and research outputs of Thesis by Publication in Australia
Shannon Mason, Margaret MERGA, Julia Morris
Higher Education Research & Development   in press    Dec 2019   [Refereed]
Shannon MASON, John HAJEK
Language Learning in Higher Education   9(1) 179-202   Jul 2019   [Refereed]
Educational issues are a regular feature in mainstream media, and the
ways in which particular issues are represented can influence public perceptions
of the various discipline areas and, in turn, policy decisions that affect them.
While the resea...
Shannon MASON
Issues in Educational Research   28(3) 881-893   Jul 2019   [Refereed]
Excessive workloads are a concern for teachers across the world. Overwork puts
pressure not only on the physical and mental health of teachers, but also on their ability
to provide quality education to their students. Nevertheless, many teachers s...
Margaret MERGA, Shannon MASON, Julia MORRIS
Learned Publishing   32(3) 271-281   May 2019   [Refereed]
The thesis by publication (TBP) is an increasingly popular approach to doctoral education that sees candidates publishing their research during their candidature, and including these outputs in their final thesis submission. Responsive to the real...
Margaret MERGA, Shannon MASON
Australian Journal of Education      Apr 2019   [Refereed]
Abstract: A supportive school reading culture is an educative context in which there is availability, opportunity, encouragement and support for reading. Little is known about whether Australian schools actively foster reading cultures that are su...
Shannon MASON
Bulletin of Faculty of Education, Nagasaki University   5 259-269   Mar 2019
Abstract: A range of policies to improve and expand the teaching and learning of English in Japanese schools has lead to an increased demand for English teachers. Universities and colleges, that provide the only pathway for teacher licensure in Ja...
Shannon MASON, John HAJEK
Applied Linguistics      Dec 2018   [Refereed]
Abstract: Across most predominantly English-speaking countries, classroom-based language education plays an important role in the internationalization of young citizens. However, the quality of language learning opportunities in many countries is ...
Shannon MASON
Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching   15(2) 243-255   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
Abstract: Language programs have been a part of the educational landscape in Australia for at least fifty years, but like in other predominantly English-speaking countries, the widespread success of the discipline remains elusive despite significa...
Shannon Mason, Margaret MERGA
Higher Education Research & Development   37(7) 1454-1471   Oct 2018   [Refereed]
Abstract: While still more common in the sciences, the Thesis by Publication (TBP) is gaining increasing popularity in the social sciences. However, we argue that norms and possibilities around accepted possible structures for this thesis form are...
Margaret MERGA, Shannon MASON, Julia MORRIS
Learned Publishing   31(4) 381-390   Oct 2018   [Refereed]
The successful publication of peer reviewed academic journal articles is an essential achievement for early career researchers (ECRs) seeking to establish themselves in their profession. However, this journey can pose several significant challenge...
Shannon MASON
Higher Education Research & Development   37(6) 1231-1244   Apr 2018   [Refereed]
Encouraging doctoral students to publish during their candidature is becoming more widely accepted and practiced, both in Australia and internationally, although it is still less common in some fields. Almost all universities in Australia now offe...
Shannon MASON, Margaret MERGA
International Journal of Doctoral Studies   13 139-154   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Recent times have seen an increasing pressure for publication during candidature in Australian universities for a range of strategic goals that are responsive to the current academic environment. Completing a thesis by publication (TBP) can furthe...
Peter Swanson, Shannon Mason
Foreign Language Annals   51(1) 251-262   Feb 2018   [Refereed]
Abstract: Since the end of World War II, international leaders have made calls addressing the world language teacher shortage. For almost 70 years, such rhetoric has been advanced, yet world language teacher shortages remain in many countries such...
Shannon MASON
Journal of Center for Language Studies, Nagasaki University   5 116-120   Mar 2017
Abstract: This paper presents a brief outline of a workshop presented at the inaugural Nagasaki Language Studies Conference. The aim of the workshop was to offer strategies for developing the communicative competence of Japanese students, by encou...
Shannon Mason
NECTFL Review   80 47-68   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
Abstract: Across English-speaking countries, there is an ongoing shortage of foreign language teachers. Promoting the retention of foreign language teachers in the profession for the long term is one of the most strategically and financially viabl...
Shannon Mason
MLTAQ Journal   166 23-28   Jun 2017
Abstract: A response to the current media discourse in Australia, mirroring legislative debates taking place in the United states, where a debate is being propelled that creates a false paradigm where computer coding languages and human languages ...
The Language Teacher   41(2) 30-31   Apr 2017
Details: Contribution to the 'My Share' section of The Language Teacher, the journal of the Japan Association for Language Teaching.
Shannon MASON
Journal of the Faculty of Global and Media Studies University of Nagasaki   2 17-28   Mar 2017
Abstract: Courses which focus specifically on English oral communication skills are an increasinglycommon and compulsory component of university study in Japan. Considering the experiencesof English learningat school, for many students, these cour...
Shannon MASON
Griffith University, Australia      Jan 2017   [Refereed]
Abstract: Ongoing language teacher attrition is contributing to a chronic shortage of language teachers in many
parts of Australia, and this is impacting the efficacy of language education programs. This is a concern
because language education in ...
Shannon Mason
Queensland Teachers' Journal   121(5) 10-10   2016
Description: This article introduces the Queensland Teachers Union readership of more than 40,000 members to a recent study of 227 language teachers in the state. This study found that low levels of social capital was a major factor in the attriti...
Anglobubble’. Issues in Educational Research   26(3) 446-463   2016   [Refereed]
Abstract: In the monolingual English-speaking world referred to as the ‘Anglobubble’, governments are finally recognising the advantages of a citizenry able to engage in and between multiple languages and cultures. As a result, increased efforts a...
Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education   1(A3) 1-19   2016   [Refereed]
Abstract: A major source of concern across a number of English-speaking countries is the loss of language teachers from the profession. In a global era where the ability to engage across languages and cultures is seen as vital for international en...
Shannon MASON
New Zealand Language Teacher   41 9-22   Dec 2015   [Refereed]
Abstract: Being valued is an important element in workplace satisfaction. Workers who feel valued are more likely to stay in their chosen profession, and are more likely to make a productive and positive contribution. Teachers across Australia fee...
Shannon MASON
MLTAQ Journal   161 12-20   2015
Abstract: This article provides a foundation for developing language teachers’ policy literacy. As educators, language policy has a direct impact on our work. By building our knowledge of language policy, we can be more actively involved in the pr...
Australian Journal of Teacher Education   40(11) 45-66   2015   [Refereed]
Abstract: During the last decades, the search to try to understand why Australian teachers prematurely leave their jobs has become an increasing focus of research interest. This article yields significant insights into the history and potential fu...
Shannon Mason
In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann, & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds.). Practices and Policies: Current research in languages and cultures education. Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities.   207-221   Jun 2014   [Refereed]
Abstract: Two decades of mandatory language education in Queensland has failed to produce increased student participation beyond the compulsory years (Liddicoat, 2010). So, what have been the barriers to success in Queensland, and how can the Quee...
Shannon MASON
MLTAQ Journal   159 26-29   2014
Abstract: Reading in Japanese is a complex task, often compounded by feelings of anxiety from beginner students. The teaching of reading is equally complex, requiring a fine balance between teaching at the character and text level, equipping stude...
Shannon Mason
MLTAQ Journal   150 5-11   2010
Abstract: The Japanese writing system is notoriously complex, and this is one of the biggest obstacles to confidence in reading and writing for beginner learners. Furthermore, it may lead
some teachers to postpone young and beginner students’ expo...
Shannon Mason
Babel   45(1) 14-21   2010   [Refereed]
Abstract: The success of languages education in Australia depends on a dedicated force of proficient and qualified teachers. The reality, however, is that we are losing our teachers at an alarming rate. While teacher attrition across Australia has...


Margaret MERGA, Shannon MASON, Julia MORRIS
   Nov 2018   [Invited]
Abstract: Early-career researchers are subject to higher levels of scrutiny than ever before, with publication in academic journals essential to how they are funded and evaluated, and how their careers will be built. Margaret K. Merga, Shannon Mas...
Shannon MASON
London School of Economics Impact Blog      Aug 2018   [Invited]

Conference Activities & Talks

Shannon MASON
We Teach Languages podcast   2019   
In episode 107, Stacey discusses the terminology we use to describe the languages we teach. Terms like foreign, world, second, modern, community, classical, and others all came up in a recent poll we ran on Twitter. Stacey discusses the results of...
Encouraging ‘unplanned’ speaking in oral-communication classes
Shannon Mason
Nagasaki Language Studies Conference   2016   
Language planning and policy in Australia and Queensland: Past, present and future [Invited]
Shannon Mason
Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland Biennial Conference   2014   
I quit! An exploratory study into languages teacher attrition in Queensland
Shannon Mason
Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium   2013   
Snapshots of teacher recruitment and retention
Shannon Mason
Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland Conference   2012   
Factors influencing language teacher retention
Shannon Mason
National Symposium on Japanese language education   2012   
Developing a reading program in beginner Japanese classes
Shannon Mason
Japanese Language Teachers Association of Victoria Conference   2010   
Using Language Learning Strategies (LLS) in the teaching of reading
Shannon Mason
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations’ National Conference   2009   
The explicit teaching of reading in beginner Japanese classes
Shannon Mason
Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland Conference   2008   
Online Networking for teachers
Shannon Mason
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations’ National Conference   2005   
Building the profile of language education
Shannon Mason
Education Queensland Beginning Teachers Conference   2004   


Asobo Manabo: Japanese language games
Shannon Mason   Educational Materials   2006

Research Grants & Projects

A study of the use of Academic Social Networks by researchers in Japan
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKEN): 
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): Shannon MASON


2019   Peer-Reviewer
Australian Journal of Education
Higher Education Research & Development
2017   Peer-Reviewer
Australian Journal of Education
Teaching and Teacher Education
International Journal of Inclusive Education