Marta Ciesielska BA, QTS, MEd, MSc

marta borowka

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)114 22 22400



2007-2010: BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), University of Gdansk, Poland.
2010-2012: MA in School Education, University of Gdansk, Poland.
2007-2012: Teacher Training (QTS), Poland.
2015-2016: MSc in Developmental Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, England.
since 2017: PhD student in the Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, England.

I gained my BA degree in TOEFL at the University of Gdansk (Poland) where I remained to complete my MA in School Education; my MA thesis examined various contexts of English language teaching and learning. Upon my arrival in the UK, I held a position of Head of EAL (English as an Additional Language) Department in a secondary school where I had the opportunity to work with EAL children from various cultural and educational backgrounds and network with other EAL specialists in the area (via NALDIC RIG meetings, SEN EAL focus groups at DMBC, EAL networking at EMTAS). In 2015, I completed my MSc in Developmental Psychology, with distinction, at Sheffield Hallam University. My MSc thesis, supervised by Dr Anna Maria di Betta, investigated the interference and inhibition of interlingual homographs in Polish-English bilinguals. Following my MSc degree, I worked as a Research Assistant on The Leverhulme Trust funded project further investigating the challenges of bilingualism by means of interlingual homographs.

Research Interests

  • Language and literacy development in monolingual and bilingual children
  • Typical and atypical language acquisition
  • First and second language acquisition theories
  • Bilingual language comprehension

Research Project

My PhD thesis investigates concurrent predictors of reading ability in Polish-English bilingual children. The aim of this research is to systematically examine cross-linguistic transfer of phonological and morphological awareness in Polish-English bilingual children attending primary school in two monolingual contexts (England and Poland).


  • Dr Meesha Warmington (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Jenny Thomson (University of Sheffield)

Publications and presentations

  • Di Betta, A.M., Borowka, M., Morgan, J., & Playfoot, D. (2017). Fighting like cats and pies: Meaning competition in interlingual homographs. Poster presented at the AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing) Conference, Lancaster, England.
  • Di Betta, A.M., Borowka, M., Morgan, J., & Playfoot, D. (2017). Fighting like cats and pies: Competition between meanings in interlingual homograph processing. Poster presented at the EPS (Experimental Psychology Society) Conference, Reading, England.

Awards received

  • Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Doctoral Academy Award Scholarship, University of Sheffield (2017-2020)
  • Transform Together Scholarship, Sheffield Hallam University (2015)
  • Best MA dissertation in Pedagogy (2012), Wroclaw Educators Association, Poland (2012)