Department of Education

Faidra Faitaki

Departmental Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

College Affiliation: St Antony's College

Faidra is a Departmental Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford. She teaches and supervises on the MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition and the MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching. Furthermore, she convenes the Applied Linguistics Seminar Series.

Faidra’s research focuses on the cognitive, educational and linguistic factors that underpin children’s acquisition of additional and/or foreign languages in (pre)school settings. She is also interested in exploring the use of theatre in language learning and teaching.

Faidra completed the DPhil in Education programme at the Department of Education. Her doctoral project examined the role of crosslinguistic influence in Greek child and adult learners’ acquisition of English, and was funded by the ESRC. Prior to joining the DPhil programme, Faidra obtained an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford and a BA in Linguistics from UCL. Moreover, she has a CELTA from UCL’s Centre for Languages and International Education, and has taught English to children and adults in various academic settings.

Faidra welcomes informal contacts from students interested in:

  • Various aspects of sequential bilingual and child L2 acquisition.
  • Crosslinguistic influence in (emergent) bilingual children.
  • Bilingual and foreign language education, with a focus on Early Years.
  • Exploring the potential of art for language learning and teaching.

Publications

Journal Articles

Faitaki, F. & Murphy, V.A. (submitted, under review). Crosslinguistic transfer in preschool learners of English: Evidence from subject realisation.

Faitaki, F., Haase, A., Dimitriou, M. & Hessel, A.K.. (pre-registered, in preparation). Transfer effects in adult bilinguals’ processing and comprehension of multimorphemic words.

 Book Chapters

Faitaki, F., Hessel, A.K. & Murphy, V.A. (2020). “Vocabulary and grammar development in young learners of English as an Additional Language”, in M. Schwartz (Ed.). Handbook of Early Language Education (pp. 1-25). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Faitaki, F. & Murphy, V.A. (2020). “Oral elicitation tasks in language acquisition research”, in H. Rose and J. McKinley (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (pp. 360-369). London: Routledge.

 Conference Papers

Faitaki, F., Nation, K. & Murphy, V.A. (September 2021). “English language learning at Greek preschools: An opportunity or a challenge?”. Paper presented at the BAAL 2021 Conference. Northumbria, UK.

Chalmers, H., Faitaki, F. & Murphy, V.A. (September 2021). “Climbing down from the Ivory Tower: Identifying priorities for EAL research that stakeholders actually need”. Paper presented at the BAAL 2021 Conference. Northumbria, UK.

Faitaki, F., Nation, K. & Murphy, V.A. (July 2021). “What is the role of crosslinguistic influence in English-Greek sequential bilingualism?”. Paper presented at the 30th EuroSLA Conference Doctoral Workshop. Barcelona, Spain.

Faitaki, F. (May 2021). “Adopting a multilingual mindset in the Early Years: The future of education and children’s key to success”. Paper presented at the 1st Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference. Oxford, UK.

Faitaki, F. (February 2021). “Greek children’s acquisition of English in monolingual and bilingual immersion preschools”. Poster presented at the BAAL Multilingualism SIG 2nd Annual Event. Westminster, UK.

Faitaki, F., Nation, K. & Murphy, V.A. (June 2020). “The linguistic outcomes of Greek children learning English at preschool: Testing before and after lockdown”. Poster presented at the Conference on Multilingualism 2020. Reading, UK.

Faitaki, F. (September, 2019). “The role of linguistic proficiency, crosslinguistic transfer and exposure in Greek EAL children’s acquisition of English and Greek”. Paper presented at the 2nd Child Foreign/Second Language Learning Conference. Krakow, Poland.

Faitaki, F., Nation, K. & Murphy, V.A. (July, 2019). “Linguistic differences and crosslinguistic influence: the case of Greek children learning English as an Additional Language”. Poster presented at the Child Language Symposium 2019. Sheffield, UK.

Faitaki, F., Nation, K. & Murphy V.A. (September, 2018). “Investigating Crosslinguistic Influence in English-Greek Successive Bilinguals: Methodology in Practice”. Paper presented at the 28th EuroSLA Conference Doctoral Workshop. Münster, Germany.

Faitaki, F. & Murphy, V.A. (April, 2018). “English-Greek successive bilingual children’s production of subject pronouns”. Poster presented at the 14th Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research Workshop. Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Faitaki, F. (September, 2017). “The development of subject pronouns in Greek children learning English at preschool”. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. Westminster, UK.

 Edited Volumes

Tawell, A., Davison, K., Faitaki, F. & Oldaç, Y.I. (Eds.). (2019). Proceedings of the 2018 STORIES Conference. Department of Education, University of Oxford, Oxford: STORIES Conference.

 Proceedings Papers

Faitaki, F., Nation, K., & Murphy, V.A. (accepted, under review). “Immersion in the Early Years: The future of education and children’s key to success”. Proceedings of the 1st Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference.

 Reports

Chalmers, H., Faitaki, F., Murphy, V.A. (2021). Setting Research Priorities for English as an Additional Language: What do stakeholders want from EAL research?. British Association of Applied Linguistics.

Web Publications

Faitaki, F. (2021, May 6th). Using theatre to improve children’s communication skills: Reflections on the project and plans for the future. TORCH Blog.

Faitaki, F. (2018, April 16th). Becoming bilingual at preschool: Greek children’s acquisition of subject pronouns in English. EAL Journal.

  • Subjects Taught

    MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching

    MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

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