Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes Education
Dina gained a double BA degree in English and Education/ TESOL from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Wolverhampton in 2001. She pursued her interest in Applied Linguistics further in attaining her MA in the English language and Culture from the University of Amsterdam.
After several years of teaching EAP and ESP (for business, law, IT and engineering) in the Netherlands, Latvia and the UK, Dina embarked on a PhD in Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck, University of London, which she completed in 2018. The focus of her research was on identity construction in discourses of European and international exchange students.
Prior to joining King’s Foundations, Dina worked as an English and Academic Skills Tutor at Kaplan International College London, as well as taught Skills for Study to the undergraduate students of Health and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire. She has also been involved in various projects at both Kaplan and the University of Bedfordshire, developing programmes and creating materials. On a number of occasions, Dina has been invited as a guest speaker at the University of Birkbeck, where she presented her doctoral research findings to postgraduate students of Applied Linguistics.
Among Dina’s key research interest is the relation between language and identity, especially the perception of self, based on the language choice and effect of emotions on student language acquisition.
In her spare time, Dina enjoys hiking, practicing hot yoga, running, reading, spending time with family and friends, going to theatres and exhibitions.