Dr Barbara Hanna

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52273


The continuing interest underpinning my research is that of the self-presentation of the non-native speaker, in different genres. This has led me to work on: culturally determined practices; cross-cultural comparisons; and on intercultural behaviour, how this is conceptualized and how, in practice, encounters between different expectations of appropriate behaviour play out.

One focus of my attention has been the proliferation of new intercultural encounters which are made possible by online technologies. In particular, Juliana de Nooy and I undertook a project examining discussion fora on media websites, culminating in our 2009 book. The pedagogical implications of this work, and my own teaching practices have allowed me to develop expertise in language learning and technology which I have extended through other collaborations (e.g. Cowley & Hanna, 2013 on Wikipedia) research supervisions and publications which derive from it (Gao & Hanna, 2016, on instructional software).

My current project focuses on another critical area of intercultural contact: Study Abroad experiences. Many institutions encourage Study Abroad participants to share their experiences online with other students, with a view to publicizing the opportunities and providing advice - such testimonials are the primary source for my current work. I am looking at the ‘selves’ which these online testimonials hold up as exemplary (see Hanna 2016 on food; also Hanna & de Nooy 2003 b; 2006). What, the student reader of these testimonials might ask, will I feel like? How will I change? What counts as successful life as a Study Abroad student? How can I be successful too? In order to tackle these questions, I draw on theories of learner motivation and imaginary or ideal selves.

In addition, I am currently working on two funded projects, one on the Transition from school to University French (HASS Teaching and Learning Seed Funding) ; and one on revitalizing assessment within SLC (UQ Teaching Innovation Grant).

Research Interests

  • Study Abroad experiences
  • Language Learner identity (school/university transition; online; incountry).
  • Computer applications for language learning


  • Maitrise des Sciences du Langage, Franche Comte
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hassan Khosravi, Gyamii, George, Hanna, Barbara and Jason Lodge (2020). Fostering and supporting empirical research on evaluative judgement via a crowdsourced adaptive learning system. In: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. SIGCSE '20: The 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Portland, OR USA, (83-88). March 2020.doi:10.1145/3375462.3375532

  • Hanna, B. and Toohey, A. (2005). When internationalization meets assessment. In: C. Bailey and K. Barnett, Proceedings of Social Change in the 21st Century 2005. Social Change in the 21st Century 2005, Brisbane, Australia, (1-17). 28 October 2005.

  • Hanna, Barbara (2002). Plus ca change: Social change and new cultural practices: The case of French internet fora. In: E.J. Woodley, E. L. Buys and J. A. Summerville, Social Change in the 21st Century 2002, Brisbane, Australia, (1-13). 22 November 2002.

  • Hanna, B., Atherton, B., Bourke, B. and Lewis, A. (1994). Interactive multimedia for teaching French, German and Japanese. In: Michael Ryan, APITITE 94: Proceedings : Asia Pacific Information Technology in Training and Education Conference and Exhibition. Asia Pacific Information Technology in Training and Education Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia, (). 28 June-2 July.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.