Dr Oksana Afitska

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Photograph of Dr Oksana AfitskaBA (Ukraine), MEd (University of Bristol), PhD (University of Bristol)

Room 5.14, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 28490
Phone number: +44 (0)114-222-8490
Fax: +44 (0)114-222-8481
email : o.afitska@sheffield.ac.uk

Overview

Overview

I joined the School of English as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics with TESOL in 2010. Prior to my work at the University of Sheffield I worked at the University of Bristol for two and a half years as a Tutor and a Research Assistant.

My primary research interests lie in the areas of TESOL and EAL, bilingual and multilingual education, content and language integrated learning (CLIL), formative language assessment, teacher feedback and error correction, and development and evaluation of language teaching materials. I have extensive experience in teaching across various contexts (University level teaching as well as teaching in primary and secondary schools in the UK and abroad) and in research methods (classroom discourse analysis, qualitative data analysis using Transana). I also review manuscripts for academic journals such as the International Journal of Educational Development, Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment Quarterly.

Research

Over my academic career I have been engaged in five research projects: Teaching science and language to multilingual children: supporting learning, accelerating progress and raising achievement (2013-2015), Student Performance in National Examinations: the Dynamics of Language (ESRC/DfID funded), EdQual - Language and Literacy (DfID funded), Diploma Program Evaluation (QCA funded) and Language Development and Classroom Embedded Language Assessment at Key Stage 2 for Learners with English as an Additional Language (my PhD project, ORS and University of Bristol funded).

By and large my research interests lie in the following areas:

  • Second Language Teaching and Learning (TESOL)
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • English as an Additional Language Learning (EAL)
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education / Equality in Education
  • Formative Language Assessment (Teacher Assessment, Self- and Peer-Assessment)
  • Development and Evaluation of Language Teaching Materials
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Approaches to Researching Language Classrooms

Professional Memberships

I am a member of several Professional Research Bodies:

The British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

  • BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group

Materials Development Association (MATSDA)

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)

  • IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group

National Association for Language Development in Curriculum (NALDIC)

  • NALDIC Yorkshire and Humber Regional Group
  • NALDIC EAL Bilingual Special Interest Group

Language Acquisition and Learning Cluster (within the School of English, University of Sheffield)

Teaching

I teach on both the BA in English Language and Linguistics and the MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL. Modules that I teach and contribute to at postgraduate level include `Language Teaching Methodology´, `Language Testing´, ‘Development and Evaluation of Language Teaching Materials’, ‘Teaching English to Young Learners’, and 'Research Methods'. At undergraduate level I teach `Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) module and ‘Teaching English to Young learners’ module.

Supervision

I welcome PhD applicants who wish to undertake (innovative) research in language-centered (TESOL/EAL) and subject-centered (CLIL/EAL) classrooms in the context of foundation, primary and secondary schools. I am also interested in supervising projects investigating the development, use, analysis and evaluation of language- and subject-specific teaching and learning materials, as well as projects exploring formative assessment practices (teacher feedback, self- and peer-assessment) in mainstream and language classrooms.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications
  • Afitska, O. and Clegg, J. (2016) Supporting teachers in EAL classrooms: working towards the centralised provision of subject-specific, EAL-tailored resources for primary classrooms. The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL, Vol 5, Issue 1, pp 95-108.
  • Afitska, O. (2015) ‘Scaffolding learning: developing materials to support the learning of science and language by non-native English speaking children’ Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching Journal, Vol 10, Issue 2, pp 1-15.
  • Afitska, O. (2015) Teaching science to EAL learners at Key Stage Two. In J. Conteh (2015) The EAL Teaching Book: promoting success for multilingual learners in primary and secondary schools. London: Sage Publications Ltd, pp. 103-110.
  • Afitska, O. (2015) Talking about teaching and learning science in the EAL context: interviewing teachers and learners in primary classrooms. In J. Conteh (2015) The EAL Teaching Book: promoting success for multilingual learners in primary and secondary schools. London: Sage Publications Ltd, pp. 140-145.
  • Afitska, O. (2014) Formative use of language assessment: supporting learning through the medium of a second language, US-China Education Review Journal, Vol. 4, No. 8, pp. 517-535.
  • Afitska, O. (2014) Use of formative assessment, self- and peer-assessment in the classrooms: some insights from recent language testing and assessment research. I-manager’s Journal on English Language Teaching, Vol. 4, No.1, pp. 29-39.
  • Afitska, O., Ankomah, Y., Clegg, J., Kiliku, P., Osei-Amankwah, L. and Rubagumya, C. (2013) Dilemmas of Language Choice in Education in Tanzania and Ghana. In L. Tikly & A. M. Barrett (Eds) Education Quality and Social Justice in the South: Challenges for policy, practice and research, London: Routledge
  • Afitska, O. (2012) Role of focus-on-form instruction, corrective feedback and uptake in second language classrooms: some insights from recent second language acquisition research, The Language Learning Journal, pp. 1-17, The Language Learning Journal, pp. 1-17.
  • Afitska, O., Ankomah, Y., Clegg, J., Kiliku, P., Osei-Amankwah, L. and Rubagumya, C. (2011) Dilemmas of Language Choice in Education in Tanzania and Ghana. In L. Tikly & A. M. Barrett (Eds) Education Quality and Social Justice in the South: Challenges for policy, practice and research, London: Routledge
  • Clegg J. And Afitska, O. (2011 ) Teaching and Learning in two Languages in African Classrooms, Journal of Comparative Education: Special issue
  • Rubagumya, C. M., Afitska, O., Clegg, J., & Kiliku, P. (2011) A three-tier citizenship: can the state in Tanzania guarantee linguistic human rights? International Journal of Educational Development, vol 31 (1), pp. 78-85
Recent Conference Contributions
  • June 2016 Encouraging the use of native languages in multilingual classrooms, Multilingual Learners In Context Symposium, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, UK.
  • June 2016 Introducing EAL-friendly classroom‐based and take‐home materials to support the teaching, learning and assessment of science in primary classrooms, 2nd Annual English as an Additional Language (EAL) Conference. Theme: Realising potential of our EAL learners. Sheffield Hallam University. Sheffield, England, UK.
  • May 2016 Encouraging the use of native languages in multilingual classrooms, half-day ‘Carnival of Culture’ / ‘Celebrating Diversity’ Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, UK.
  • Apr 2016 Learning through the second-language in primary classrooms: a new perspective, 50th Annual Conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, UK.
  • Nov 2015 Introducing EAL-friendly materials for teaching and formatively assessing core curriculum subjects in primary classrooms, 23rd Annual Conference of the National Association for Language Development in Curriculum (NALDIC), Theme: ‘Assessing EAL: learning and teaching’, Kings College London, London, UK.
  • Sep 2015 Teaching science in primary EAL classrooms: addressing the linguistic challenges of young learners, 48th Annual Conference of The British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
  • Jun 2015 Supporting learners with EAL in science lessons: improving teaching and learning resources. ‘EAL for All’ Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
  • Sep 2014 ‘The world of penguins with fluffy tummies: learning science and language through the medium of a second language’, 47th Annual Conference of The British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), University of Warwick, UK.
  • June 2014 'Scaffolding learning: developing materials to support the learning of science and language by EAL learners’, The Materials Development Association's Annual Conference (MATSDA), University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Apr 2014 ‘Effective teaching of science to young English language learners’, 48th Annual Conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), University of Harrogate, UK.
  • Mar 2014 'Teaching Science to English Language Learners: Supporting Learning, Accelerating Progress and Raising Achievement’, Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), University of Portland, USA.
  • Nov 2013 ‘Teaching Science to English Language Learners: Supporting Learning, Accelerating Progress and Raising Achievement’, National Association for Language Development in Curriculum (NALDIC) 21st Annual Conference, Theme: ‘Rethinking EAL for a New Curriculum’, King's College London.
  • July 2013 Teaching science to ethnic minority children: supporting learning, accelerating progress and raising achievement, NALDIC Yorkshire and Hampshire Regional group meeting, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Nov 2012 Teaching and learning through the medium of unfamiliar language: challenges And good practices. Windows on Research, Research Seminar Session, School of English, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
  • Apr 2012 Learning Biology through the medium of English in Zanzibar secondary classrooms, Research Circle, Research Seminar Session, School of English, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
  • Nov 2011 Use of formative language assessment in primary immersion classrooms: a study of Key Stage 2 (Years 4 and 5) learners, Language Testing Forum (LTF), Warwick University, Coventry, UK.
  • Sep 2011 Teaching and learning through a second language: developing insights into classroom practices, British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Conference, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.