Federation College


Melania Pantelich

Academic staff - Higher education

Position: Coordinator and Lecturer, English Language Support Program (ELSP) / Co-ordinator, Post Entry Needs Analysis (PENA)

Campus: Mount Helen Campus, Room: E204

Phone: +6 13 5327 8018


Melania Pantelich is the co-ordinator and facilitator of the Post Entry Needs Analysis (PENA) and co-ordinator and lecturer of the English Language Support Program (ELSP) for international students, which supports undergraduate and post-graduate students in their first year of study at Federation University Australia.  Upon completing her Master of Teaching (TESOL and LOTE) in 2011, during which she undertook teaching in the General English Program for adult migrants at FedUni's SMB campus, Melania joined the university where she continued to teach General English and extended her teaching repertoire by supporting domestic students as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Support program.  Melania has worked on developing ELSP into a program relevant to the specific needs of international students, and recently focused on expanding the program’s reach, specifically by exploring and implementing online options for program delivery.

In 2016, Melania presented initial ELSP results and student experiences at  The Learner Conference in Vancouver, Canada, and is in the process of further researching the cultural and academic experiences of secondary and tertiary international students.  Melania has also presented at various forums, including the Internationalisation of the Curriculum Showcase in 2015, where she led a panel discussing “International teaching and learning: how to be more inclusive of international students’ learning experiences”, and the Federation University Partner Forum in 2017.

Melania looks forward to continuing to support international student cohorts by equipping them with the necessary study skills to excel in their tertiary career. As an Early Career Academic she is also committed to building a research profile around the experiences of international students, which will, in turn, inform the further development of ELSP.

Melania is a current reviewer for  The Learner journals and has previously co-edited the  M/C Journal ( Abroad, Volume 19, No. 5, 2016).


  • Master of Teaching (TESOL and LOTE), The University of Melbourne (2011)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma of Teaching (TESOL and LOTE), The University of Melbourne (2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Italian), The University of Melbourne (2009)
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment, The University of Ballarat (2013)

Areas of expertise

  • English Language (TESOL and ELICOS)
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Acculturation and identity
  • International student experience
  • International student transition
  • Adult language learning and literacy