Dr Oksana Afitska

Lecturer in TESOL


I joined Lancaster University as a lecturer in TESOL in 2018. Prior to my work at Lancaster University I worked for seven years as a lecturer in applied linguistics at Sheffield University and prior to that - as a tutor and a research assistant at the University of Bristol.

My research interests lie in the areas of TESOL, EAL and CLIL pedagogy, [formative] language assessmnet, curriculum and materials development. I have extensive experience in teaching across various contexts (University level teaching as well as teaching in primary and secondary schools in the UK and abroad) and in research methods (action research, classroom-based research, intervention research, mixed methods research).

I also review manuscripts for academic journals such as the International Journal of Educational Development, Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language Assessment Quarterly, Science Education and Journal of English for Academic Purposes.

Mitigating the Effect of Language in the Assessment of Science: A study of English Language Learners in Primary Classrooms in the UK.
Afitska, O., Heaton, T. 30/08/2019 In: Science Education. 27 p.
Journal article

Translanguaging in diverse multilingual classrooms in England: oasis or a mirage?
Afitska, O. 6/08/2019 In: The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL. 31 p.
Journal article

Exploring teacher and learner views on the use of formative assessment in primary EAL classrooms: a case study
Afitska, O. 1/09/2017 In: I-manager’s Journal on English Language Teaching. 7, 3, p. 41-53. 13 p.
Journal article

Supporting teachers in EAL classrooms: working towards the centralised provision of subject-specific, EAL-tailored resources for primary classrooms
Afitska, O., Clegg, J. 1/05/2016 In: The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL. 5, 1, p. 95-108. 14 p.
Journal article

Scaffolding learning: developing materials to support the learning of science and language by non-native English-speaking students
Afitska, O. 2015 In: Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. 10, 2, p. 75-89. 15 p.
Journal article

Talking about teaching and learning science in the EAL context: interviewing teachers and learners in primary classrooms
Afitska, O. 2015
Other chapter contribution

Teaching science to EAL learners at Key Stage Two
Afitska, O. 2015
Other chapter contribution

Formative use of language assessment: Supporting learning through the medium of a second language
Afitska, O. 2014 In: US-China Education Review Journal. 4, 8, p. 517-535. 19 p.
Journal article

Use of formative assessment, self- and peer-assessment in the classrooms: some insights from recent language testing and assessment research.
Afitska, O. 2014
Review article

Dilemmas of language choice in education in Tanzania and Ghana
Afitska, O., Ankomah, Y., Clegg, J., Kiliku, P., Osei-Amankwah, L., Rubagumya, C. 1/01/2013 In: Education Quality and Social Justice in the Global South. Taylor and Francis p. 154-167. 14 p. ISBN: 9780203817650.

Role of focus-on-form instruction, corrective feedback and uptake in second language classrooms: some insights from recent second language acquisition research
Afitska, O. 2012 In: The Language Learning Journal. 43, 1, p. 57-73. 17 p.
Journal article

Teaching and learning in two languages in African classrooms
Clegg, J., Afitska, O. 1/02/2011 In: Comparative Education. 47, 1, p. 61-77. 17 p.
Journal article

A three-tier citizenship: Can the state in Tanzania guarantee linguistic human rights?
Rubagumya, C.M., Afitska, O., Clegg, J., Kiliku, P. 1/01/2011 In: International Journal of Educational Development. 31, 1, p. 78-85. 8 p.
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