Dr Oksana Afitska
BA (Ukraine), MEd (University of Bristol), PhD (University of Bristol)
Room 5.14, Jessop West
Internal extension: 28490
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.
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:
I am a member of several Professional Research Bodies:
The British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
Materials Development Association (MATSDA)
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
National Association for Language Development in Curriculum (NALDIC)
Language Acquisition and Learning Cluster (within the School of English, University of Sheffield)
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.
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.