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Name: Michael  Fitzgerald
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State and/or Country: US
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Specialty: Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Selected Publications: Fitzgerald, M. and Debski R. (2006). Internet Use of Polish by Polish Melburnians: Implications for Maintenance and Teaching. Language Learning and Technology, 10(1), 87-109. Available at:

The Use of Technology Among Polish-Australians in Melbourne

Fitzgerald, M. and Debski, R. (2008). Uzycie Internetu w Jezyku Polskim Przez Polakow Mieszkajacych w Melbourne. In R. Debski (Ed.), Od Mediow Przekazu do Mediow Uczestniczenia: Transmisja i Nauczanie Jezykow Mniejszosciowych (53-75). Krakow, Poland: Universitas.
Courses Taught: Reading (Grades 7-12)
Writing (Grades 7-12)
Cultural Studies
1st year university English
Media English
Language Learning Through Technology
Life Science
Spanish (beginning)
Special Education (Special Day Class and Resource Specialist)

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