Dr Dora Alexopoulou – Senior Research Associate, EF Research Unit at University of Cambridge


Dora Alexopoulou is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, leading the Education First Unit at the University of Cambridge, launched in February 2010 to promote research in second language learning of English and innovation in language teaching through a systematic cross-fertilisation between linguistic research and teaching techniques. After a BA in Greek philology at the University of Athens, she went to Edinburgh to obtain an MSc in Natural Language and Speech Processing and then a PhD in Linguistics. Before coming to Cambridge she worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and York and held an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Lille III.
Dora’s current research interests are in second language learning with a focus on computational learner models that can inform theories of second language acquisition as well as innovative technologies for education. She has published articles in Language, Cognition,Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Proceedings of the Second Language Forum and Learner Corpus Research. She is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioral Science and Co-founder of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network, a public engagement initiative to promote the cognitive and linguistic benefits of bilingualism. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.