Nektaria Kourtali 

My research interests lie in the field of Second Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy. In particular, I am interested in computer-mediated communication, interactional feedback, task-based language teaching (TBLT) and the role of individual differences (e.g., language aptitude, working memory, motivation, and foreign language anxiety). I have also worked on projects that explore cognitive processes underlying second language learners’ behaviours while writing. In the future, I am interested in working on projects that explore eye-tracking and second language learners’ cognitive processes during written, synchronous, computer-mediated communication (i.e., text-based chat), as well as bilingual education and translanguaging practices in TBLT. My current projects include examining the role of feedback timing in facilitating second language (L2 development) in a study of online, unfocused recasts, as well as comparing young learners’ foreign language anxiety during written synchronous computer-mediated and face-to-face communication.