Department of Education

Faidra Faitaki

DPhil Student and Tutor in Applied Linguistics

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

Faidra is a DPhil student in the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Experimental Psychology.

Before joining the DPhil programme, Faidra obtained a BA in Linguistics from UCL and an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford. As part of her studies, she completed an Erasmus Placement at the University of Utrecht and an internship at Queen Mary’s Laboratory of Experimental Linguistics. Furthermore, she has a CELTA from UCL’s Centre for Languages and International Education and substantial experience in teaching English to adults and children.

In her DPhil research, Faidra investigates Greek children’s acquisition of English at preschool. The main aim of her research is to discover if (and if so, how) children’s knowledge of a first language affects their development in the second language. In addition, she aims to evaluate the extent to which the educational programme children attend, as well as their lexical and grammatical knowledge in the two languages impact their linguistic development. To achieve these aims, Faidra tests children’s use of specific linguistic structures in English and Greek using a series of experimental language production tasks. Faidra’s research is funded by the ESRC.

Research interests
  • Child L1, L2 and 2L1 acquisition
  • Morphosyntax
  • Early Years Education
  • Foreign Language Education
Conference Papers
  • 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 (Online).
  • 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 International Conference on Child Foreign/Second Language Learning, Krakow, Poland.
  • Faitaki, F., Murphy, V.A. & Nation, K. (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., Murphy, V.A., & Nation, K. (September, 2018). Investigating Crosslinguistic Influence in English-Greek Successive Bilinguals: Methodology in Practice. Paper presented at the 28th European Second Language Association 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.
  • Faitaki, F., Hessel, A.K. & Murphy, V.A. (in press). “Vocabulary and grammar development in young learners of English as an Additional Language”, in M. Schwartz and D. Prošić-Santovac (Eds.). International Handbook of Early Language Education. 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.    
  • Faitaki, F. (2018, April 16). Becoming bilingual at preschool: Greek children’s acquisition of subject pronouns in English. EAL Journal.
Funded Projects

Title: ‘Setting Research Priorities for English as an Additional Language’ (£3,870)

Funding Scheme: BAAL Applying Linguistics Fund 2019-2020

Role: RA (PI: V.A. Murphy, Co-PI: H. Chalmers)

Funding Period: August 2020 – June 2021

Title: ‘From the page to the stage: A feasibility study on using theatre to improve EAL children’s communicative skills’ (£2,996)

Funding Scheme: TORCH Theatres Seed Fund 2019-2020

Role: Co-I (PI: V.A. Murphy)

Funding Period: January 2020 – July 2020 (Extended to March 2021 due to COVID-19)


The role of crosslinguistic influence in Greek child and adult learners’ acquisition of English as a Foreign Language

  • Subjects Taught

    MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching

    MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

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