Associate Professor Marisa Cordella-Masini

Associate Professor

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56935


Marisa Cordella is an Associate Professor in Spanish linguistics. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Monash University, an MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL from the University of Canberra and a BA in translating and interpreting from Chile.

Her research expertise is in discourse analysis where she has carried out research projects in the areas of doctor-patient communication (general practice, oncology and international medical graduates), intergenerational studies (older immigrants and younger language learners), cross-cultural and intercultural ageing studies and language education. She has carried out cross-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Education, Council on the Ageing (COTA), Multicultural Affairs/Commission, Faculties of Medicine, Psychology and Education among others. Marisa has led several teams including the Spanish Programs at the University of Queensland and Monash University and served as the Director of Studies as well as currently holding the position of the Director of Research in the School of Languages and Cultures at UQ.

She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and two books on discourse analysis and medical communication (one sole and one co-authored), and recently published a co-edited book on intergenerational and intercultural communication. Her research expertise and postgraduate supervision are in the areas of discourse analysis, medical communication, intercultural and intergenerational communication, ageing across cultures, language education and translation studies.

Research Interests

  • Research interests
    Discourse analysis, medical communication, intercultural communication, teaching methodologies and translation studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University
  • Master of Arts, University of Canberra
  • Graduate Diploma in TESOL, Canberra College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Centro de Formación Técnica - Escuela Latinoamericana de Intérpretes


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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Cordella, Marisa and Normand-Marconnet, Nadine (2012). Enhancing motivation for writing in a foreign language: Blogging in Spanish and French. LCNAU: Language and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Inaugural Colloquium 2011, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 26-28 September, 2011. Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Language and Cultures Network for Australian Universities.

  • Mistica, Meladel, Baldwin, Timothy, Cordella, Marisa and Musgrave, Simon (2008). Applying discourse analysis and data mining methods to spoken OSCE assessments. 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Stroudsberg, PA, United States, 18-22 August 2008. Manchester, United Kingdom: Association for Computational Linguistics.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor