School of Education

Melania Pantelich

Position: Co-ordinator and Lecturer English Language Support Service (ELSS)
Co-ordinator Post Entry Needs Analysis (PENA)
Location: Mt Helen Campus, E Building, Room 204
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Phone: +6 13 5327 8018


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)


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 Service (ELSS) (formerly the English Language Support Program) for international students, which supports undergraduate and post-graduate students in their first year of study at an Australian university.  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 SMB, 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 ELSS 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 ELSS results and student experiences at The Learner Conference in Vancouver, Canada, and is in the process of delving further into researching 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 the important work of supporting the valued, and, at times, vulnerable international student cohort 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 ELSS.

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

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

Research interests

  • STEM Education
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Partnerships in education


Conference Poster

Pantelich, M. (2016, July). A Student-Centered Approach: English Language Support Program for International Students.  Poster session presented at the Twenty-third International Conference on Learning, Vancouver, Canada.


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