Dear Graduate,

This is an invitation for you to participate in a study conducted by Dr Rowena Ward, Senior Lecturer in Japanese, the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong. The research project is entitled ‘Use of Asian Languages in the workplace’.

I am inviting all graduates who completed a major or a minor in an Asian language from a university in Australia and New Zealand between 1997 and 2016 to complete an online survey about the use of their language skills in their post-graduate employment.

The purpose of the research is to understand whether graduates who undertook a major or a minor in an Asian language use their language skills in the workplace and if so the level and regularity of use. The research also aims to understand whether their use of their language skills in the workplace met their expectations at the time of graduation.

Participation in the research involves completing an online questionnaire (which will take approximately 15 minutes), available through Survey Monkey (see below).

You are free not to participate or, having consented, to withdraw your consent without that refusal or withdrawal affecting your treatment, care, studies, or relationship with the University of Wollongong or your alma mater. However, as the questionnaire is anonymous should you decide to withdraw your participation after you have begun the questionnaire, the answers you have already submitted may remain within the database of responses.

The need for this project has been driven by requests from High School teachers and Careers Advisers as well as language educators wishing to promote Asian language education. Your participation in the survey will assist us in providing concrete information on how language skills are used in post-graduation employment.

Data we collect from you will have no identifying information attached. Your responses will be held in a database of responses for five (5) years after the research project is completed. The results of the project may be published in an academic journal and used in presentations on careers to groups, including High School Careers Advisers.

The research is funded by a Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Faculty Challenge Grant ($2,946).

Ongoing monitoring of the research is the responsibility of researchers and an annual progress report is submitted by researchers to the UOW Research Ethics Unit.

If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the way in which the project is conducted, please do not hesitate to contact the University of Wollongong’s Ethics Manager on 02 4221-4457 or by email on The project has UOW Ethics approval (Reference: 2017/308, Approval date 29/08/2017).

If you have any questions about any information given here, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Rowena Ward by email (, or by phone on (61) 2 4221 4751.

If you are willing to participate, please log on to the Survey Monkey link at ( by midnight (Australian Eastern Standard time) 22 October 2017. Please note that the Survey Monkey site can only be accessed once.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.

Dr. Rowena Ward
Senior Lecturer/Chief Investigator
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong

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