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Dr Eleni Petraki

Eleni Petraki


Associate Professor - TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Associate Dean Research - Higher Degrees by Research

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L: Building 6 Room C84

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Eleni Petraki is an applied linguist with close to two decades of experience in language teaching, discourse analysis, and intercultural communication. Her experience in teaching English has been accumulated in different countries including Vietnam, Greece, UK, USA and Australia. In addition to her research in these fields, she has evolved a research program on Artificial Intelligence, where she is applying educational curriculum theories and pedagogies to new fields including machine education.

Eleni's research is inspired by her passion for interaction analysis and intercultural communication. Her research publications focused on discourse analysis and intercultural communication and their application in the language teaching classroom and health communication. In addition to these fields, she has evolved a research program on the development of curriculum design and pedagogical approaches for Artificial Intelligence.

  • Machine education
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Curriculum Design
  • Discourse analysis and computer mediated communication (CMC)
  • 2020-2024 - ARC Discovery project : Machine education for trusted multi-skilled evolutionary learners, H.A. Abbass, S. Elsawah, E. Petraki, $580K
  • 2015 - Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award, Supervision for Higher Degree Research students
  • 2012 - Nominated for Best Research Supervision, University of Canberra
  • 2009 - Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Design,  University of Canberra.

Eleni is a primary supervisor of a number of HDR students. She has supervised many domestic and international students to completion. Some of their research topics include:

  • The role of humour in language teaching
  • Exploring collaboration in men’s and women’s talk
  • Teacher and student beliefs about grammar teaching pedagogy: A case study of Sri Lankan secondary schools
  • Does gender matter: male and female managers in Indonesian business meetings
  • Petraki, E. and Pham Nguyen, H.H. (2016). Do Asian EFL teachers use humor in the classroom? A case study of Vietnamese EFL university teacher.System, 61, 98-109.
  • Clark, S and Petraki, E.(2016). Introduction: Language Use in Institutional Settings. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 36(2), 167-171.
  • Petraki, E. and Clark, S.(2016). Affiliating through agreement: the context of antenatal consultations. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 36(2),  273-289.
  • Abbass H.A., Petraki E., Merrick K., Harvey J., and Barlow M. (2016) Trusted Autonomy and Cognitive Cyber Symbiosis: Open Challenges, Cognitive Computation, 8(3), 385-408. 10. 1007/s12559-015-9365-5.
  • Greenwood G., Abbass H.A., and Petraki E. (2016) Finite Population Trust Game Replicators, Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence, LNAI 9592, Springe-Verlag.
  • Greenwood G; Abbass H; Petraki E (2016) 'Finite population trust game replicators', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 324 - 335, 10.1007/978-3-319-28270-1_27
  • Abbass H.A., Greenwood G., and Petraki E. (2016) The N-Player Trust Game and its Replicator Dynamics, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 20(3), 470-474,. doi:10.1109/TEVC.2015.2484840
  • ElFiki H., Petraki E., and Abbass H. A. (2016) Pairwise Comparative Classification for Translator Stylometric Analysis. ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing, 16(1), Article 2.doi:10.1145/2898997
  • Petraki, E. and Gunawardena, M. 2015. The Key Ingredients of an Effective Grammar Lesson: Perceptions From High School ESL Students, Asian EFL journal, 13, 3,  59-84.
  • Petraki, E. and H. Abbass. 2015. On Trust and Influence: A Computational Red Teaming Game Theoretic Perspective. 7th IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications, CISDA.
  • Petraki, E. and Gunawardena, M.  2014. A tale of two cities: Investigating teachers' and students' beliefs on grammar pedagogy in English language teaching. Proceedings of the 7th International Free Linguistics Conference. Hong Kong University.
  • Gunawardena, M. and E.Petraki. 2014. Critical Thinking Skills in the EAP Classroom: Negotiating tensions in the Sri Lankan context. In English for Academic purposes in Asia: Negotiating appropriate practices in a global context. Sense Publishers.
  • Petraki E. and Abbass H.A. (2014) On Trust and Influence: A Computational Red Teaming Game Theoretic Perspective. IEEE Computational Intelligence in Defence and Security Symposium, Hanoi, December 2014.
  • Petraki, E. and Bayes, S. (2013). Teaching oral requests: An evaluation of five ESL/EFL coursebooks. Pragmatics (International Pragmatics Association), 23:3.499-517
  • Wang K., Bui V., Petraki E., and Abbass H.A.  (2012) Evolving Story Narrative using Surrogate Models of Human Judgement, Proceedings of the first international conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RITA 2012), Korea.
  • Wang K., Bui V., Petraki E., and Abbass H.A. (2012) From subjective to objective metrics for evolutionary story narration using event permutations, Ninth International Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning (SEAL2012), LNCS, Springer, Accepted 16 July 2012.
  • Abbass H.A. and Petraki E. (2011) The Causes for No Causation: A Computational Perspective, Information Knowledge Systems Management, 10 (1-4), 51-74.
  • Petraki, E. and Hill, D (2011). Effective grammar teaching: Lessons for confident grammar teachers. TESOL in context. 21 (2).
  • Petraki, E. and Bayes, S. (accepted to appear). Teaching oral requests: An evaluation of five ESL/EFL coursebooks. Pragmatics Quarterly.
  • El-Fiqi, H., Petraki, E. and Abbass, H.A. (2011) A Computational Linguistic Approach for the Identification of Translator Stylometry using  Arabic-English Text.FUZZ-IEEE conference proceedings.Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Petraki E. and Hill D. (2010). Theories of grammar and their influence on teaching practice: examining language teachers' beliefs. University of Sydney Papers in T E SO L.5, 65-99.
  • PhD Education, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • MSc Applied Linguistics (English Language Teaching),  University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • BA/Bed English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.