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Dr Jelena Calic
16 Taviton Street
Tel: 020 7679 8742 (internal 28742)
  • SeniorTeaching Fellow
  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • UCL Teaching Fellow
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

After I obtained my degree in Scandinavian Studies in 1996, I worked as a Librarian and Teaching Assistant at the Scandinavian Department at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. I moved to London in 2000. I joined SSEES in 2002.

Apart from teaching at SSEES, I taught at the University of Belgrade, Uppsala University, Morley College and and the University of Westminster. I work as an examiner and exam moderator at the Foreign Office. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

My principal research interests lie in the fields of applied sociolinguistics and critical language pedagogy. My research is broadly concerned with the study of languages with similar type of internal variation as Serbo-Croatian, the so called pluricentric languages, the concept of koinĂ© and koineisation, language standardisation and ideological strategies of differentiation, and attitudes to language change and variation. I am also interested in how linguistic diversity is addressed by various non-specialist stakeholders ranging from policy makers to educational institutions. More specifically, how education training in language skills involves the inclusion or disregard for critical language awareness and reflection on social, political and economic factors that shape the context of teaching and learning. 

Teaching Summary

At SSEES, I teach Serbo-Croatian to undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. Courses for postgraduate students are tailor-made and draw largely on the students’ interest in the Balkan region, but aim to relate to the specific disciplinary (or interdisciplinary) methodological and theoretical frameworks used in a particular research project. I also contribute to the Languages in Contact along the Danube: Intercultural Frictions and Flows course at SSEES.  Since academic 2017/2018, I contribute to teaching Swedish language at the Scandinavian department at SELCS. 

Academic Background
2017 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Applied Linguistics University College London
1996 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Scandinavian studies University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
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