Dr Adriana Diaz

Senior Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56883


I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina where I achieved a tertiary level degree as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. In the year 2000, after completing these studies, I came to Australia as an international student to complete a BA (Hons) in Languages and Applied Linguistics. I then continued my postgraduate studies in the area of critical intercultural language pedagogy. For nearly two decades, I have been involved in teaching across Applied Linguistics, English, Italian and Spanish language programs in Australian higher education. I am a passionate languages and intercultural education scholar whose theoretical and empirical work centre on how insights from critical pedagogy and decolonial theories can help us un/re-learn the ways in which we engage with the world. In my teaching practice, I am committed to creating innovative and inclusive, liberatory learning experiences for language learners and fellow language educators to become critically aware of intersectional, power-bound dynamics in everyday interaction.

Research Interests

  • (Critical) intercultural communication pedagogies
  • Intercultural language learning
  • Blended learning in language teaching contexts
  • Translation Studies
  • Research interests and Current projects:
    My current research interests and ongoing research projects have two main strands: a) (critical) intercultural language teaching, and b) hybrid/blended language learning pedagogies. My primary area of research interest is the development and implementation of critical intercultural language teaching (ILT) approaches. I am currently involved in three projects that centre on the ‘critical’ turn in ILT; these projects study – from different perspectives – the development of cosmopolitan speakers and what it means to be a socially responsible, critically aware citizen of this world. The development and implementation of hybrid/blended language learning pedagogies has become my secondary interest area of research. At present, I am exploring the complementary nature of face-to-face and online learning with a view to progressing toward mixed-mode deliveries. I am particularly interested in exploring ways of optimising current use of technology-enhanced language teaching (TELL), specifically through the use of active learning tools and how they may support language learners’ individual learning paths and empower them.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University
  • Bachelor (Honours), Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University


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Book Chapter

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 — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision