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Dr Volha Arkhipenka



I joined the Department of Education at the University of York as an Associate Lecturer in Education in November 2017. Prior to that, I obtained a master’s degree in Education: Language - Theory, Practice, and Literacy from the University of Edinburgh and PhD in Education from the University of Manchester. I also worked as an interpreter and English language teacher in Belarus and Turkey.

Currently, I teach a variety of modules on MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and MA in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching. I also supervise master’s and undergraduate dissertations.



My main research interest is in language teacher development, but it often takes me to other areas within TESOL such as psychology of language learning and teaching (especially motivation and identity), language education policy, native speakerism, multilingualism, and more. I generally prefer qualitative methodology, in particular narrative inquiry.


I am currently collaborating with Dr Ursula Lanvers and Dr Paul Roberts on the British Council funded project examining a critical approach to training for English Medium Instruction in Higher Education.

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Department of Education
University of York

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322464