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Tanya is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has an MA in Russian Studies from SSEES, University College London and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck University. She has taught Russian at King’s College London since 2002. As Team Leader, she is responsible for managing the Slavic and Middle Eastern language courses offered by the Modern Language Centre (MLC). Tanya is the MLC Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Staff Development officer and an external examiner at Cambridge and Manchester Universities. Before joining the MLC, she taught at Northumbria University, Defence School of Languages and the Foreign Commonwealth Office. Tanya has won research, development and diversity and inclusion grants. She is passionate about creating inclusive learning communities, bridging the gap between schools and universities and developing young people’s interest in learning foreign languages. In 2018 she was nominated for a King’s Widening Participation Award.

Selected Publications

  • Linaker, T., (2019) Language Teacher/Translator Gendered Identity Construction: From Dilemmatic to Agentive-Big Lives Through Small Stories. Negotiating Identity in Modern Foreign Language Teaching, Matilde Gallardo (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Linaker, T., (2012) Constructing and negotiating gender identities through multilingual practices. Язык, коммуникация и социальная среда / Language, Communication and Social Environment. Issue 10. 309-340.
  • Linaker, T., (2008) Zinovy Zinik. The Literary Encyclopedia. [, accessed 23 April 2019.]
  • Linaker, T., (2005) Female Voices Transcending Gender as heard and recorded by Chekhov, Mansfield and Nabokov. Slovo, vol.17, no.2, 165-178.