Dr Kate Berniz

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I co-developed the first English Language Support Program at Flinders in the Student Learning Centre (SLC now SLSS) in 2015. I have taught in multiple fields in Education and Humanities in international tertiary education sites, and in Migrant Education in Australia. Over the past 17+ years, I have undertaken leadership, teaching, coordination, university liaison, and widening participation project officer roles in higher education. I have taught EAL (English as an Additional Language), EFL (English as a Foreign Language), Spanish, Multiliteracies, Language(s) Methodologies (TESOL & Intercultural Literacy), and within Indigenous Education. As an Academic Advisor in the SLC, I provided English and Literacy support to students of CALD backgrounds in the Learning Lounge drop-in service. Today, I coordinate Developing Literacies through Intercultural Languages Learning (postgraduate students) and I teach in Academic and Professional Communication. I have had the privilege of leading a Languages Department and teaching students in Mexico, China, the UK, and Australia, in remote, country, and metropolitan contexts. I completed my award-winning Ph.D. in Languages Education at Flinders in 2018. My thesis explored Dialogical pedagogy, research, and learning in Spanish languages education. As I come from a migrant working-class background and English is my second language, I’m personally committed to being of meaningful service to students who struggle with the challenges of learning a 'language' and/or may experience difficulty with the multi-literacies required to navigate the university space (on paper, in person or online).

I am excited about working with you in my roles dedicated to students and staff (NTEU) at Flinders. I am passionate about education and equity: it is the ongoing struggle in/for dialogical learning, teaching, research, and activism that enables students/ourselves to transgress and act towards 'our' empowerment. So, we should!


Berniz, K. (2002).Critical Reading for Critical Writing: Where do we start? Just In Time Press, Mexico.

  • Ph.D
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours)
Honours, awards and grants
  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Excellence in Team Teaching (CAT) Award (2021)
  • Vice Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Theses Excellence (2018)
  • Multiple awards for Excellence in Teaching (2003-2004)
  • First-Class Honours (Education) (2001)
Key responsibilities
  • Teaching in COMS 1001 Academic and Professional Communication
  • CHASS Research Collaboration: Students' Communication Skills and Communication Needs at Flinders (Project. 4724)
Topic coordinator
EDUC9705 Developing literacies through intercultural languages learning
Topic lecturer
COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication
EDUC9705 Developing literacies through intercultural languages learning
Further information

Examiner of a Masters in Language Sudies (2022)