Dr Florentina Taylor



I joined the department in September 2010, after completing my PhD at the University of Nottingham (School of English Studies; thesis: ‘A quadripolar model of identity in adolescent foreign language learners’). I have an MEd in TESOL (with a dissertation on involvement avoidance in language learning), a BA in English Language and Literature (dissertation on a critical interpretation of identity in literature) and Qualified Teacher Status for England. I have been teaching/ lecturing for 20 years in EFL, ESP, EAP and HE contexts in the UK and abroad. I have also taught computer-assisted quantitative and qualitative data analysis at the University of Nottingham and now at York.

Modules I currently teach/ co-teach in the department:

  • Teaching English for Academic Purposes (MA)
  • English Linguistics (MA)
  • Planning and Communicating Research (MA)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (MA, PhD)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (UG)

Modules I (co)taught in the department in the past:

  • Identity and Foreign Language Learning (MA)
  • Language and Culture (MA)
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning and eLearning (MA)
  • Introduction to Skills for Studying Education – Argumentation (UG)
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis software (PhD)

I supervise UG, MA and PhD students.

Departmental roles

MA TESOL Programme Leader until October 2014.




My research focuses on the following areas:

  • self and identity in foreign language learning and teaching
  • perceived relevance and uptake of foreign languages in English-speaking countries
  • student-centred education
  • relationships between student perceptions and achievement
  • adolescent identity development

I welcome PhD applications in the above or related areas. (Please note I am unable to assess applications or research proposals submitted by email. Please apply online following the guidelines available on the PhD webpage.)

Current projects

Recently completed:

Research group(s)

Centre for Language Learning Research


  • British Council ELT Research Partnership award: Identity and foreign language learning: A comparison of four European countries (principal investigator), 2011-2012
  • British Academy small research grant: Improving the perceived relevance of Modern Foreign Languages in Year 9 (principal investigator), 2011-2012
  • Departmental pump priming grant: Improving the perceived relevance of MFLs in Year 9: A pilot study  (principal investigator), 2011
  • Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust - Small doctoral research award: A quadripolar model of identity in adolescent foreign language learners, 2009
  • Lumen Publishing, Romania - National Award for Encouraging Young Researchers, 2007


Ongoing PhD projects

  • Keita Takashima - The development of L2 identity in Japanese children in immersion schools
  • Abigail Parrish - The diversification of foreign language provision in the UK
  • Rolla Massri - Attitudes to English language learning in Saudi Arabia
  • Noha Halabi - Conceptualising learner autonomy in Saudi Arabia
  • Dewi Rosmala - L1 interference in Indonesian EFL students’ L2 writing
  • Farihah Mazmi - English language communication competence and employability amongst final-year undergraduates in Malaysia
  • Tasnima Aktar - English language listening strategies and strategy instruction in Bangladesh
  • Lin Liu - The English language learning motivation and identity of Chinese students

PhD Thesis Advisory Panels

  • Xinyuan Xu - Cultural differences in teachers' interactions with students
  • Ali Bostancioglu - Online communities of practice in ELT
  • Muna Kashoob - ELT materials evaluation in Oman
  • Clare Cunningham - Teachers' views on home languages in UK primary schools

External activities


Editorial duties

Peer reviewer for:

Invited talks and conferences

Taylor, F. (2014). Not all choice is created equal: Language learning between societal and personal relevance. Language Learning in Contexts of Cultural Diversity (BAAL/ Routledge Applied Linguistics workshop; invited), King’s College London, October.

Taylor, F. (2014). Empowering young people to build a future for themselves. Fair Society outreach symposium, European Researchers’ Night, York, 26 September.

Taylor, F, & Busse, V. (2014). Self-presentation in foreign language learning across three relational contexts and four countries. British Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 4-6 September.

Taylor, F. (2014). Researching the L2 self: Why, so what, now what?. Invited participation in the 'Multiple perspectives on the self in SLA' symposium. 'Matters of the Mind: Psychology and Language Learning' conference, Graz, Austria, 29-31 May.

Lamb, M. and Taylor, F. (2014). Identity change and imagination in international students in the UK. 'Matters of the Mind: Psychology and Language Learning' conference, Graz, Austria, 29-31 May.

Taylor, F. (2014). 'The comer and the foreigner': Striving to belong as an international postgraduate in the UK. Staff Research Seminar, Department of Education, University of York, 12 March.

Taylor, F. and Parrish, A. (2014). Researching motivation, attitudes and identity in foreign language learning and teaching. BAAL/ ALL Researcher-Practitioner Workshop, University of York, 14 February.

Taylor, F. (2013). At the crossroads: Researching identity in educational psychology and applied linguistics. Eliciting data in second language research: Challenge and innovation (IRIS project invited colloquium), University of York, 2-3 September.

Taylor, F. (2013). ‘Wearing a face that is not mine’: Social pressures, identity negotiation and achievement in foreign language learning. British Association for Applied Linguistics, Language Learning and Teaching SIG Annual Conference, St Mary's University College, Twickenham, 4-5 July.

Newbould, C. & Taylor, F. (2013). Addressing the MFL GCSE uptake crisis: Two ways forward. 'Linking Research to Practice in Education' Anniversary Conference, University of York, 2 July.

Taylor, F. (2013). A quadripolar model of identity in adolescence. Psychology in Education Research Centre, University of York, 8 March.

Taylor, F. (2012). Private and public selves in foreign language learning. Invited talk, School of Education, University of Leeds, 16 October.

Taylor, F. and Marsden, E. (2012). Sustaining post-compulsory interest in Modern Foreign Languages: An intervention study. British Association for Applied Linguistics, Language Learning and Teaching SIG Annual Conference, University of Oxford, 4-5 July.

Taylor, F. et al. (2012). Is there any place for the individual in the teaching and learning of English in Europe? ‘The English Language in Europe: Debates and discourses’ International Conference, University of Sheffield, 20-22 April.

Taylor, F. and Marsden, E. (2012). Pupil perception of Modern Foreign Language lessons and GCSE uptake. ‘Language World’ Annual Conference, Association for Language Learning, University of Manchester, 30-31 March.

Taylor, F., Roosken, B. et al. (2012). Student and teacher identity perceptions in four European countries. Psychology of Language Learning Symposium (invited), the 46th Annual IATEFL Conference, Glasgow, 19-23 March.

Taylor, F. (2011). Does identity awareness facilitate better foreign language learning? Identity in Language Teaching and Learning Symposium, the 45th Annual IATEFL Conference, Brighton, 16-19 April.

Taylor, F. (2010). Do we need identity awareness in EAP? Invited talk, Staff Development Series, Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham, 27 July.

Taylor, F. (2010). Are our students being ‘themselve­s’ in class? And does it matter? The 13th International Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics, University or Warwick, 23 June.

Taylor, F. (2010). The public selves of foreign language learners. The Postgraduate Symposium, School of English, University of Nottingham, 12 May.

Taylor, F. (2010). Students’ differential identity: Evidence from the foreign language classroom. The 44th Annual IATEFL Conference, Harrogate, 7-11 April.

Taylor, F. (2009). Actual and possible selves in the foreign language classroom. The 12th Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, 17 June.

Taylor, F. (2009). 'Hands up who's not here today!' Insidious self-presentation in the foreign language class. The Postgraduate Symposium, School of English, University of Nottingham, 13-14 May.

Florentina Taylor

Contact details

room D/M/201
Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323440

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