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Dr Fotini Diamantidaki is a lecturer in Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London UK. She received a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Nice Sophia Antipolis University in France, an M.A. in applied linguistics from the same University, a B.A. from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the UCL Institute of Education in London UK.  Her research interests include the integration of literature in the language classroom in combination with the use of Internet and the digital technologies as well as the integration of world languages into the curriculum. Teacher education pedagogy and learning how to teach are fundamental strands to her research interests. New recent research interests involve the growth of Mandarin teacher education in England, cultural and intercultural awareness and understanding in secondary classroom contexts and in higher education and mentoring in teacher education. Most recent publications concern the teaching of Mandarin Chinese in secondary and primary. She currently teaches on the PGCE Languages course at the Postgraduate level, and is involved in the supervision of Pre-Service MA TESOL students and Doctoral students, and has taught French in London secondary schools and pedagogy on other teacher education routes over the years.  She has successfully co-launched a project on teaching literature in secondary school classrooms in England called: ‘London Partnership launches literature’ and thanks to it, the PGCE Languages team has received a British Academy Award, for its innovative and engaging nature.

Personal country knowledge
  • Greece
  • France
Languages spoken/written
  • English
  • Greek
  • French
Research Summary

My research areas:

  • e-Learning
  • Key Stage 3 (KS3)
  • Key Stage 4/5 (KS4/KS5)
  • Pedagogy
  • Languages or modern foreign language - literature , topics
  • Education
  • Curriculum development
  • Intercultural awareness

Teaching Summary

-Teaching on the PGCE Languages course

-Supervising MA students for the Pre-Service TESOL and TESOL

- Involved in Co-supervision of Doctoral Students

Part of PhD upgrading panel for the following students:

  • 15.12.2010: Marie-Noelle Stacey, provisional title: The same destination but different journeys: Exploring the Differences and Similarities between Gifted Linguists and Bilinguals Mental Lexicon STATUS: UPGRADED
  • 16.05.2011: Danyal Oztas Tum, provisional title: A study of non-native student teachers feelings of anxiety STATUS: UPGRADED
  • 25.05.2011: David Mallows, provisional title: The integration of theory and practice in teaching practice groups on initial teacher training for English language teachers STATUS: UPGRADED
  • 13.11.2013: Linda Lorenzon, provisional title: Italian language learning in primary schools: an isolated experience or part of the Modern Foreign Language provision? STATUS: UPGRADED
  • 24.03.2015: Thomas Vogiatzis, provisional title: Achieving (L2) second language proficiency within an institutionalised foreign language learning environment: investigating adult learners’ perceptions of ways that the socio-cultural context of a foreign language institution informs and affects the linguistic progress of a learner to achieve L2 proficiency. A single case study within an adult learning centre in London. STATUS: UPGRADED
Academic Background
2005 PhD Doctorat – Applied Linguistics Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
2001 MAST Master – Applied Linguistics Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
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