Marianna Kyriakou has a Bachelor’s Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus (Cyprus), a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sussex (UK). Her research is in the field of sociolinguistics. Specifically, she focuses on the study of diglossia, language attitudes, and identity (particularly ethnic identity), and how these three areas influence one another. Marianna is particularly interested in the concept of classic diglossia (Ferguson, 1959) and proposes an extension of the term in order to describe modern diglossic societies such as Cyprus. She is currently working on articles on diglossia, proposing a new extension of the term as this applies to the case of Cyprus as well as on articles on language and ethnic identity.
Marianna’s ten years of work experience includes English and French language teaching at private schools and other institutions. During these years, she had the opportunity to attend many seminars regarding the teaching of English as a second language and to receive new and updated knowledge regarding English language teaching methodologies and approaches. She has also taught lessons on Methodologies of Second Language Acquisition at University and worked as a translator and proof-reader and participated in educational projects sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus. She is currently working as the Head of the English Department of Casa College, Cyprus.