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Personal profile


Dr Marcela Gallardo Lazo is a lecturer and researcher at the Monash Intercultural Lab. Prior to commencing her lecturing position, she graduated in English Pedagogy (Bachelor of Education, Universidad San Sebastian, Chile) and taught English as a second language at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in Chile and internationally for years.

She left Chile in 2015 as she was awarded a scholarship for exceptional mid-career professionals. She came to Australia to pursue a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In 2016 she was awarded another scholarship for exceptional mid-career professionals but this time to complete her doctoral studies. Her PhD research investigated the role and place of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in teacher education courses. Her study by publication addressed the gap in where and how EI sits in two teacher education degrees. Besides, it argued pre-service teachers (PSTs) preparation and how EI has been taught and included as part of the degree.

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Marcela Gallardo Lazo contributes to the teaching of the Monash Intercultural Lab's postgraduate units on intercultural competence.

APG5470 - Managing Multicultural Teams

APG5471 - Leadership in Intercultural Environments

These units, co-designed and co-coordinated with Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet and Dr Lucas Santos, are part of the Professional Enhancement Program allowing students to develop their intercultural capabilities for globalised and super-diverse workplace contexts.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating the role and place of Emotional Intelligence in pre-service teacher education courses

Award Date: 20 Jul 2021

Education, Master of TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Monash University

Award Date: 14 Dec 2016

Education, Bachelor of Education, English Pedagogy, Universidad San Sebastián (San Sebastián University)

Award Date: 19 Dec 2013

Research area keywords

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Teacher Emotions
  • Higher Education
  • Cultural Intelligence