Dr Faidra Faitaki
Faidra is a Departmental Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She teaches and supervises on the face-to-face MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition and on the remote MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching, and has been recognised as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). You can find up-to-date information about Faidra on her personal website.
Prior to joining the Department of Education as a Lecturer, Faidra received a BA in Linguistics from UCL, as well as an MSc in Applied Linguistics and a DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford. Faidra has a CELTA from UCL’s Centre for Languages and International Education and possesses substantial experience of teaching English to adults and children in diverse academic settings. Moreover, she is a trained actress and can often be found performing in English and/or in Greek.
Faidra’s research explores the linguistic, cognitive and educational factors that underpin (pre)school-aged children’s acquisition of English as an additional/foreign language. She uses children's oral language production as a tool for investigating the effects that knowing a first language might have on the children’s development of a second language. Moreover, given the importance of oral language in the development of fundamental skills (like learning to read), Faidra also tries to develop children's oral language through targeted intervention, through the medium of performance arts.