Language learning
in times of COVID-19

In search of authentic
intercultural experiences

Wanted: authentic intercultural experiences

We have suddenly found ourselves living in the COVID world, in which international borders remain closed and student mobility programs suspended.

How can we successfully teach and learn languages interculturally?

We are a research team from The University of Queensland, and we are exploring ways to enhance University language students’ intercultural learning experience.

Do you:

  • study in a University language or culture program?, or
  • teach in a University language or culture program?, or
  • work in Study Abroad, Global Engagement or internationalisation strategies?

Now Open

Focus Group:
Expressions of Interest

Focus Group discussions will be conducted throughout 2021 (online via Zoom). Participants will be divided into three groups: University students, University teaching staff and University professional staff. The Focus Groups will take approximately one hour, and they will be moderated by researchers from The University of Queensland’s School of Languages and Cultures.
All persons who submit an Expression of Interest will receive an email with actionable study findings, including strategies for compensating for suspended Overseas Study programs. Study findings will be distributed in 2022.

Research Team

School of Languages and Cultures
The University of Queensland

Dr Adriana Diaz (CI) | a.diaz@uq.edu.au

Senior Lecturer & Discipline Coordinator in Spanish and Latin American Studies

A/Prof Marisa Cordella

Reader in Spanish Linguistics & Director of Research

Dr Samantha Disbray

Research Fellow

Dr Barbara Hanna

Senior Lecturer in French 

Dr Anna Mikhaylova

Lecturer & Discipline Coordinator in Russian

Research Assistants:

Dr Fabiane Ramos

Ms Agnieszka Faron

For more information about this research project, please see one of the Participant Information Sheets below: