Dr Rachel Daniel

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Education  
Location: Berwick Campus, Building 901, Room 130G
Phone: (03) 5122 8231
Email: r.daniel@federation.edu.au


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education: TESOL) Monash University – 2015
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment GIPPS TAFE – 2012
  • Master of Philosophy (English Language) M K University – 1999
  • Master of Arts (English Language) Bharathidasan University – 1994
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics) Bharathidasan University – 1992




Rachel coordinates and lecturer in the Institute of Education, Arts and Community. She has been teaching in Australian universities since 2008 and has taught previously for over a decade in a variety of undergraduate programs in the Middle East and Asia.

Rachel was previously a member of staff at La Trobe University where she worked as a lecturer in English as an Additional Language (EAL) in the Academic Language and Learning Unit. She was involved in developing the curriculum and providing language and learning support to UG/PG/HDR students across faculties. In addition, she has also worked at Monash University as a Learning Skills Advisor and lecturer to assist and equip low SEAS students with the required academic skills necessary for their tertiary studies.

Areas of expertise

Rachel has significant expertise in English language teaching and program development through her work at Monash University English Language Centre and her PhD research into English language learning

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL/ELICOS)
  • English language acquisition
  • Academic writing
  • Foundation mathematics and science
  • Transition and first year in higher education

Research interests

Rachel's research interests are:

  1. Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL/ELICOS)
  2. Literacy and numeracy in transition into higher education
  3. Bilingual education
  4. Child rights in education
  5. Literacy and numeracy in primary and secondary education


  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for Research- 2009 - 2012
  • Travel Grant for Research- 2008 & 2010
  • University rank holder in MA.


Anjali Rana: Doctor of Philosophy (Federation University Australia) – Preparing future teachers to teach sexuality education: A comparative study of Australia and India.

Sally-Anne Leigh: Doctor of Philosophy (Federation University Australia)- Analysis of learning experience and the academic and cultural challenges of Indian students in the Australian Higher Education sector.

Shilpa Joy: Doctor of Philosophy (Federation University Australia) Bilingual education.


Rana, A., & Daniel, R. (2023). Insights into the Education System in India and the Current Impact of COVID-19 on Child Rights In S. Weuffen, J. Burke, M. Plunkett, A. Goriss-Hunter, & S. Emmett (Eds.), Challenging mainstream discourses in diverse education communities: Working towards a sustainable global future (pp. 77–90). Springer. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-5008-7_19

Daniel, R. (2019) English Language in India. Delhi: Gyan Publishing House 9788121214919

Daniel, R. K. & Ponniah, S. D. (2018). Internationalisation of Indian Higher Education. University News, 56 (16) 06-12.

Ponniah, S. D. & Daniel, R. (2017). Indian Higher Education and Global Challenges. University News, 55 (50) 26-35.

Daniel, R. K. & Ponniah, S. D. (2017). Erosion of Ethics and Values among Youth. University News, 55 (40) 08-12.

Daniel, R. K. (2017). Future of English Language in India. Wide Spectrum, 6 (1) 62-77

Ponniah, S. D. & Daniel, R. (2015). Holistic Education for Excellence in Higher Education. University News, 53 (20) 190-194.

Ponniah, S. D. & Daniel, R. (2012).Values Based Integrated Education. University News, 50 (51) 01-05.

Ponniah, S. D. & Daniel, R. (2012). Ethics and Morals in Integrated Education. University News, 50 (50) 14-19.

Ponniah, S. D. & Daniel, R. (2012). Integrated Education. Delhi: Kalpaz Publication

Daniel, R. K. & Ponniah, S. D. (2010). Issues on Globalisation and Indian Higher Education. University News, 48 (13) 13-18.

Daniel, R. & Ponniah, S. D. (2008). An Integrated Approach to Higher Education in India. Theological Book Trust, 10 (1) 14.