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Roxana Herescu


MPhil in Second Language Education, Cantab
MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
BA in English and Spanish, University of Iasi, Romania

Membership of Professional Bodies and Associations

British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
Cambridge Language Sciences (CLS)

E-mail Address


Dr. Michael Evans


With a background in foreign language teaching in Romania and Cambridge, Roxana is interested in the impact of bilingual education on pupils’ linguistic and cognitive development.

Her doctoral research project explores the relationship between higher-order thinking and academic language proficiency in the output of pupils following a bilingual programme in Romania. Specifically, this mixed methods investigation seeks to map which type of thinking skills the bilingual approach prompts in the learners, as different from the EFL one, and to find patterns in learners’ use of higher-order thinking skills in relation to language while processing subject-based and linguistic-based tasks.

Her previous research project was an exploratory case study on teachers’ views and practices in the EFL and CLIL classroom in Romania.

Roxana supervises undergraduates on the Education Studies Tripos (Language Communication and Literacy) and assists with research methods teaching at MA level in the Faculty.

Research Topics

The role of thinking skills in language learning
Cognitive and linguistic development in bilingual education
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Second and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


Herescu, R. (2012) An Investigation into the Views and Practices of Teachers of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in Romania in Esch, E. and Solly, M. (eds.) The Sociolinguistics of Language Education in International Contexts. (Berne: Peter Lang)