Dr Barbara Hanna

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
b.hanna@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52273

Overview

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

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • de Nooy, Juliana and Hanna, Barbara E. (2020). "What’s culture got to do with it?". What’s France got to do with it? Contemporary memoirs of Australians in France. (pp. 97-112) Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/WF.2020.07

  • Cowley, Peter and Hanna, Barbara E. (2013). Anglophones, francophones, telephones: the case of a disputed Wikipedia entry. Language and intercultural communication in the new era. (pp. 198-221) edited by Farzad Sharifian and Maryam Jamarani. London & New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203081365

  • Hanna, Barbara and Toohey, Alicia (2010). Visions and revisions: Language learning for cultural mediation. Explorations and encounters in French. (pp. 195-214) edited by Jean Fornasiero and Colette Mrowa-Hopkins. Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide Press.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Learners' Participation Strategies. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Learners' Participation Strategies. (pp. 104-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Culture and Online Communication. Culture and Online Communication. (pp. 19-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Debate or Conversation? French and British Public Internet Discussion. Debate or Conversation? French and British Public Internet Discussion. (pp. 50-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Face Off: Identity in Online Debate. Face Off: Identity in Online Debate. (pp. 119-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Learning Language and Culture via Public Internet Discussion Forums Introduction. Learning Language and Culture via Public Internet Discussion Forums Introduction. (pp. 1-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Plus ca change ...: Are Online Cultural Differences Fading Over Time?. Plus ca change ...: Are Online Cultural Differences Fading Over Time?. (pp. 73-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Public Discussion Forums as a Tool for Language Learning. Public Discussion Forums as a Tool for Language Learning. (pp. 85-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Towards Intercultural Discussion: Getting Off on the Right Foot(ing). Towards Intercultural Discussion: Getting Off on the Right Foot(ing). (pp. 135-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hanna, Barbara E. and de Nooy, Juliana (2009). Using Public Internet Forums to Develop French Argumentation Skills. Using Public Internet Forums to Develop French Argumentation Skills. (pp. 155-+) BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE.

  • Hardwick, Joseph B., De Nooy, Juliana and Hanna, Barbara E. (2005). Writing the self in French: (P)actes autobiographiqes. Soi-disant: Life Writing in French. (pp. 1-11) edited by J. De Nooy, J. Hardwick and B. E. Hanna. Newark DE: University of Delaware Press.

  • Cowley, P. and Hanna, B. (2000). Is there a class in this room?. Teaching Languages, Teaching Cultures. (pp. 119-129) Melbourne, Australia: Applied Linguistics Association of Australia; Language Australia.

  • Hanna, B (1992). Justifying gestures. In the place of French: Essays on and around French studies in honour of Michael Spencer. (pp. 191-207) edited by P. Cryle, A. Freadman and J. Lackerez. Brisbane: University of Queensland.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Iwashita, Noriko, Rochecouste, Judith, Diaz, Adriana, Hanna, Barbara, Kennett, Belinda and Kim, Sun Hee Ok (2016). Languages literature review: Senior syllabus redevelopment. South Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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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.