Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)
M.Phil. (University of Cambridge)
B.A. (University of Cyprus)

Senior Lecturer
School of Education,
Oxford Brookes University

Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Education, Cambridge

Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics
Churchill College, Cambridge
My research focuses on sociolinguistic aspects of bidialectism. I'm especially interested in gauging the prevailing language attitudes in societies in which two related dialects are used routinely and concurrently. A subsequent interest lies in establishing whether language performance is influenced when purely attitudinal changes are encouraged.

I also study linguistic behaviour in the context of second-dialect acquisition and development. The key issue is the degree of transference from the native variety to the developing non-native dialect. In investigating transference, I aim to document and distinguish the native features that assist or hinder learning of the second dialect. The eventual goal of this work is to inform on the aspects of the native variety that can be exploited (or that require special remedial attention) when promoting the efficient acquisition of a second dialect.

All of the above-mentioned issues come to the fore in the real world in the form of language educational policy which is formative to both language attitudes and to the way language is learned. In order for educational policy to make use of learning advantages that are based on dialectal comparisons, at least partial standardisation of the varieties involved must take place. A happy consequence of this for me is my involvement in preserving endangered linguistic varieties for posterity.

Recently, my research activities have also diversified to encompass interests in the use of digital technologies in foreign-language learning, analogy-based phonics instruction in classes of English as a foreign language, and the influence of bidialectism in second-language acquisition.
My teaching interests span second-language pedagogies, the relationship between mother-tongue and second-language learning, second-language acquisition and development, bilingual and multilingual education, language and society, intercultural communication, psychology of language, discourse analysis, linguistic human rights and education, globalisation and the dominant role of English, and design and analysis of quantitative linguistic research.

At Oxford Brookes, I lecture for the M.A. degree in Education (TESOL) and the B.A. degree in English Language and Communication. I am Convenor of four courses (Second Language Acquisition and Development, Critical Discourse Analysis, Psychology of Language, and Sociolinguistics and Education) and teach the quantitative component of a fifth course, Research Methods.

In Cambridge, I was particularly closely involved with the Research in Second Language Education (RSLE) M.Phil. degree. My broader involvement with the Ph.D. degree and other master's degrees was mediated mostly through my work within the academic group Pedagogy, Language, Arts and Culture in Education (PLACE).

I am happy to supervise research students on a diverse range of topics in multilingualism, language policy, and language education. The fields in which my current Ph.D. students are working are detailed below.

Ph.D. Students
Recently Graduated
Sihua Liang      (with Dr Edith Esch)


Thesis title:
An ethnographic study of language attitudes in Guangzhou, China.
Danae Tsapikidou     (with Prof. Neil Mercer)


Thesis title:
The effect of sequential and integrated focus-on-form instruction on the learning of English as a foreign language in Greece
Current Ph.D. Students
Shirley Chee Siew Ong     (with Dr Michael Evans)


Thesis title:
Investigating the effect of incorporating explicit morphosyntactic contrasts between mother tongue and foreign language into English-language classes in Brunei
Filio Constantinou     (with Prof. Dominic Wyse)


Thesis title:
Students' linguistic and sociolinguistic awareness of the phenomenon of bidialectism as manifested in Cyprus
Irena Gwiazda (née Leszkiewicz)


Thesis title:
Grammar instruction in English-as-an-additional-language classes
Ioli Ayiomamitou


Thesis title:
Educational and psycholinguistic perspectives on children and young people who speak non-standard varieties
Lisette Toetenel


Thesis title:
Foreign-language learning via online social networking
Master's Students

Each year, I supervise a number of M.Phil. and M.Ed. students on topics in educational linguistics. In the 2009-10 academic year, I worked with Soledad Rojas (Sociocultural Theory and Mediation), Mai Satake (Contrastive Analysis and Interlanguage Theory), Ching-yi Yeh (Interlanguage and Second-Language Acquisition), Zakia Ahmad (EFL Teachers' Beliefs and Classroom Practices), and Tiew Ling Lim (Implicit and Explicit Instruction of Chinese as a Foreign Language).


Yiakoumetti, A. (In Press)
Language education in our globalised classrooms: recommendations on providing for equal language rights. In Esch, E. and Solly, M. (eds)  Language Education and the Challenges of Globalisation: Sociolinguistic Issues. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars.

Yiakoumetti, A and M. Mina (2013)
Language choices by teachers in EFL classrooms in Cyprus: bidialectism meets bilingualism with a call for teacher training programmes in linguistic variation   Teacher Development 17(2): 214-227.

Yiakoumetti, A. (2012)

Contributors and Chapters
Androula Yiakoumetti: Rethinking Linguistic Diversity in Education
Stephen May: Educational Approaches to Minorities: Context, Contest and Opportunities
Ofelia García, Nelson Flores, Heather Homonoff Woodley: Transgressing Monolingualism and Bilingual Dualities: Translanguaging Pedagogies
Suresh Canagarajah, Madhav Kafle, Yumi Matsumoto: World Englishes in Local Classrooms
Sandra Lee McKay: English as an International Language, Multilingualism and Language Planning
Linda Tsung: Rethinking Multilingual Education for Minority Students in China
Peter Garrett, Josep M. Cots, David Lasagabaster, Enric Llurda: Internationalization and the Place of Minority Languages in Universities in Three European Bilingual Contexts: A Comparison of Student Perspectives in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Wales
Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu: The Medium-of-Instruction Conundrum and ‘Minority’ Language Development in Africa
Jessica Ball, Barbara May Hanford Bernhardt: Standard English as a Second Dialect: A Canadian Perspective
Ian G. Malcolm, Adriano Truscott: English Without Shame: Two-Way Aboriginal Classrooms in Australia
Jeff Siegel: Educational Approaches for Speakers of Pidgin and Creole Languages
Androula Yiakoumetti: The Dangers of Dialects: Debunking (or Substantiating) the Myths

Yiakoumetti, A. (2012)
Bidialectism and Aboriginal language education: sociolinguistic considerations pertinent to Australia's Aborignal communities. In Esch, E. and Solly, M. (eds)  The Sociolinguistics of Language Education in International Contexts. Linguistic Insights. Bern: Peter Lang.

Trajtemberg, C. and A. Yiakoumetti (2011)
Weblogs: a tool for EFL interaction, expression and self-evaluation  ELT Journal 65(4): 437-445.

Yiakoumetti, A and M. Mina (2011)
The influence of first-language bidialectism in the foreign-language classroom: observations from Cyprus  Language, Culture and Curriculum 24(3): 287-297.

Yiakoumetti, A. (2011)
Re-invigorating teacher-training programmes in linguistic variation. In Saleh, I. M. and M. S. Khine (eds) Teaching Teachers: Approaches in Improving Quality of Education. Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World. New York: Nova Science. Pp. 195-214.

Ng, K-Y and A. Yiakoumetti (2010)
Analogy-based phonics for Hong Kong ESL learners  Academic Exchange Quarterly. 14(3): 196-200.

Yiakoumetti, A. and E. Esch (2010)
Educational complexities inherent in bidialectal communities and the potential contribution of the Common European Framework of Reference to second-dialect development. In O'Rourke, B. and L. Carson (eds) Language Learner Autonomy: Policy, Curriculum, Classroom. Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Oxford: Peter Lang. Pp. 291-312.

Yiakoumetti, A. (2007)
Choice of classroom language in bidialectal communities: to include or to exclude the dialect?  Cambridge Journal of Education. 37(1): 51-66.

Yiakoumetti, A. (2007)
The influence of a bidialectal language intervention programme on learning of Standard Modern Greek in an urban and a rural Cypriot school. In Papapavlou, A. and Pavlou, P. (eds) Sociolinguistic and Pedagogical Dimensions of Dialects in Education. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. Pp. 145-164.

Yiakoumetti, A., A. Papapavlou and P. Pavlou (2007)
The degree of dialectal transference by Cypriots in a strict Standard Modern Greek context. In Agathopoulou, E., M. Dimitrakopoulou and D. Papadopoulou (eds) Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Vol. 1. Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Pp. 266-273.

Yiakoumetti, A. (2006)
A bidialectal programme for the learning of Standard Modern Greek in Cyprus.  Applied Linguistics. 27(2): 295-317.

Yiakoumetti, A., M. Evans and E. Esch (2005)
Language Awareness in a bidialectal setting: the oral performance and language attitudes of urban and rural students in Cyprus.   Language Awareness. 14(4): 254-260.

Yiakoumetti, A. (2003)
Successful application of a Language Awareness learning model designed to improve performance in a second dialect. CamLing. Cambridge: Cambridge Institute of Language Research. Pp. 417-422.

Papapavlou, A. and A. Yiakoumetti (2003)
The analysis and classification of non-standard occurrences in the writing of Greek Cypriot primary-school children. In Mela-Athanasopoulou, E. (ed.) Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Pp. 340-348.

Yiakoumetti, A. and A. Papapavlou (2002)
Evaluation of cultural universality with reference to culture-specific lexicon in Greek. In Makri-Tsilipakou, M. (ed.) Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Pp. 412-421.

Papapavlou, A and A. Yiakoumetti (2000)
Accentuation problems among primary school children acquiring literacy skills in Modern Greek. In Nicolaidis, K. and M. Mattheoudakis (eds) Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Pp. 352-361.
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Dr Androula Yiakoumetti,
Westminster Institute of Education,
Oxford Brookes University,
Harcourt Hill,
Oxford   OX2 9AT,

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