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Research team & collaborators

PI: Michał B. Paradowski

Michał is an associate professor at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw and a teacher and translator trainer. His interests include second and third language acquisition research, cross-linguistic influence, foreign language teaching, bi- and multilingualism, psycholinguistics, embodied cognition, and complexity science, in particular social network analysis. He is the author of over 50 scientific publications, including papers in four IF (JCR) journals, and has given 160+ invited lectures, seminars and workshops in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, including in universities from the top of world rankings (e.g. University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, Stockholm University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Indiana University-Bloomington, University of British Columbia, McGill University, Tsinghua University, National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University…). Michał’s recent edited volumes are Teaching Languages off the Beaten Track (2014) and Productive Foreign Language Skills for an Intercultural World (2015); his latest (2017) monograph appeared under the title M/Other Tongues in Language Acquisition, Instruction, and Use.


MA summa cum laude (English Studies), PhD (Linguistics), DLitt (habilitation, Linguistics)

Co-I: Andrzej Jarynowski

Andrzej is a computational epidemiologist with an interdisciplinary background combining computational and natural science, sociology, and medicine. He is a PhD candidate in physics of complex systems at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (his PhD thesis on propagation processes on contact networks has been accepted and scheduled for defence in early 2018), a third-year trainee in the Epidemiology National Specialization Schema at the Military Institute of Epidemiology in Warsaw, and currently a visiting scholar in the Biostatistics and Databases Program at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales. He also serves as a statistical consultant for the Polish National Sanitary Inspection and he is co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Wrocław. He was a postgraduate student of industrial mathematics (Wrocław University of Technology), sociology (Stockholm University), computational physics (Wrocław University) and theoretical physics (Moldova State University in Kishinev).


BSc (Econophysics), MSc (Mathematics), ECMI-C (Modelling and Data Analysis). CP-MS (Physics), OCDT – OR 3 (military epidemiology), BA (sociology)

2 funded PhD positions

Karolina Czopek, PhD student at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, is a teacher and linguist with an ethnographic background. Her scientific interests evolve around language acquisition by adult learners, with a particular emphasis on older (third age) learners. She teaches courses in Business English, English for Specific Purposes and English for Third Age Learners. An experienced ethnographer (with fieldwork conducted in Poland and Albania), a graduate of the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw, she is also interested in implementing ethnography and other qualitative methodologies in language acquisition research. She is currently working on her PhD thesis on social interactions and language acquisition among older learners of English, which will explore the application of social network analysis to learning in immersion settings.


MA summa cum laude (English Studies), BA (Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)

Magdalena Jelińska is a psychologist and translator. In 2018, she started her PhD studies in the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw. Her speciality is applied educational psychology. As a practitioner and researcher, she likes to verify theories in practice, currently in the field of second/foreign language learning. Her interests concern, among others, developmental and cognitive psychology, personality, social bonds, psycholinguistics, and psychosocial aspects of second/foreign language learning processes. She is a member of the Polish Psychological Association and its Developmental Psychology Section. She actively participated in 37 psychological conferences, including 14 international ones, wrote 13 papers published in peer-refereed monographs and is the co-author of the book Wydłużająca się droga do dorosłości [Extending Path to Adulthood] (2012).


MPsych, BA & MA (Applied Linguistics)

Current collaborators:

South Korea:

Department of Korean Language and Literature, College of Liberal Arts, Kyung Hee University, Seoul: KIM Jungsup (김중섭), KIM Yeonggeun (김영근), YOON Myungsik (윤명식)


Chinese Language Center, Feng Chia University, Taichung: ZHAO ChenYu (趙晨妤)

Department of English, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages: WU Chiu-Hui (吳秋慧)


Thai-Chinese International School, Bangkok: WAN I-Ping (萬依萍), Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Chengchi University, Taipei