Department of Education

Faidra Faitaki

DPhil Student

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 EFL to adults and children.

In her DPhil research, Faidra investigates Greek children’s acquisition of English as a Foreign Language 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 how the educational programme children attend (i.e. submersion, immersion or EFL lessons) and their knowledge of vocabulary and/or grammar impacts their linguistic development. To achieve her aims, Faidra tests children’s use of specific linguistic structures in English (which either have or do not have corresponding Greek versions) in 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
  • English language teaching and learning

Thesis

Under Crosslinguistic Influence: Investigating the Development of English-Greek Successive Bilingual Children

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