Centre Members

The Research Centre for Languages and Cultures has a committed team of members with a range of disciplinary viewpoints and interests, all of which centre around languages and cultures. Each member has their own specialised research area, but we also work in different combinations to provide the appropriate supervision for PhD students, and to undertake smaller or larger research projects, with a variety of methodological approaches and with a more theoretical or practical focus as required.

Dr Giancarlo Chiro
Senior Lecturer
Key research interests:
Italian language varieties and variation, Italian culture and society, migration studies, cultural values and identity studies, language maintenance among minority groups in ethnically plural societies

Dr Jonathan Crichton
Program Director
Key research interests:
language in the professions: medicine, health, education and law, the internationalisation of education, methodology in language focused research

Dr Tim Curnow
Program Director
Key research interests:
languages-in-education policy in schools, attitudes and motivation in language learning, evaluation of languages education programs, discourse and pragmatics (particularly in English and Spanish and cross-linguistically), sociolinguistics, and language variation and change languages education policy, syntactic choices and communicative effect in Spanish, Indigenous languages of South America, language variation and change, language typology

Dr Ibrahima Diallo
Lecturer
Key research interests:
language planning/policy in Africa and other francophone countries, education policies in Africa, language maintenance and shift in African contexts and in African diaspora, attitudes towards languages and identities in Africa, French studies and Francophonie, second language teaching

Dr Isobel Grave
Lecturer
Key research interests:
Italian studies, Italian studies in the areas of medieval and modern literature and cultural studies, translation studies, contrastive linguistics (Italian and English) in a translation studies framework

Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh
Assoc Professor in Applied Linguistics
Key research interests:
language and literacy acquisition in diverse settings, first, second and foreign language teaching, language assessment in multilingual settings, language policy and planning, post- colonial debates on languages and citizenship, linguistic diversity, migration and mobility, the economics of language

Dr Michelle Kohler
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Key research interests
: Teacher pre-service and in-service, languages and cultures education, Indonesian language teaching and learning, curriculum design, implementation and evaluation, languages policy and program implementation, classroom based research and assessment

Professor Tony Liddicoat
Professor in Applied Linguistics
Key research interests:
the role of language and culture in education, language planning and policy, conversation analysis and discourse analysis, French linguistics

Associate Professor Angela Scarino
Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics
Key research interests:
languages education especially in linguistically diverse societies, intercultural language learning, second language curriculum development, language assessment, languages and learning, teacher education

Mr Andrew Scrimgeour
Research Fellow
Key research interests:
Chinese language teaching and learning, literacy development in Chinese as a second language, teacher pre-service and in-service training, classroom-based research and evaluation, curriculum development and implementation, learner diversity in languages education

Dr Enza Tudini
Senior Lecturer
Key research interests:
computer mediated communication, second language acquisition, Italian language and culture

Dr Reiko Yoshida
Lecturer: Japanese
Key research interests:
second language acquisition, second language classroom studies, beliefs about second language learning and teaching, socio-cultural dimensions of second language learning and teaching

Ms Anna Dinys
Centre Administrator
With a Ukrainian background and a long-term engagement with linguistic and cultural diversity in South Australia, Anna provides administrative support for the research and activities of the RCLC.