Dr. Christina Gitsaki

Prof. Dr. Christina Gitsaki

Research Coordinator and Acting Director


PhD (Language Teaching and Research)


Prof. Dr. Christina Gitsaki is the Research Coordinator at the Center for Educational Innovation, Zayed University, UAE. During her 20-year career in higher education, she has contributed to the field in a number of different capacities such as English language teacher, applied linguistics lecturer, pre-service teacher educator, in-service teacher trainer, textbook author, project manager, curriculum leader, editor, and researcher. In the past, she served as the UNESCO Chair in Applied Research in Education in Sharjah and later as the Associate Dean of the Foundations program at the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE. Before coming to the UAE, she worked at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, where she educated pre-service ESL teachers and supervised Masters and Ph.D. students in language education research. She has worked with Education Queensland and The Learning Federation of the Curriculum Corporation, Australia on state and federal education projects such as the creation of Digital Learning Objects for K-12 ESL students. Dr. Gitsaki has presented her research at over 122 International Conferences, has been an invited speaker at over 40 professional events and she has published 72 papers in refereed journals and book chapters on language acquisition and pedagogy. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of 12 books on language education research. Dr. Gitsaki has served on the Executive Board of international and national professional associations such as the Australian Association of Applied Linguistics, the Gulf Comparative Education Society, and TESOL Arabia. Currently, she is the Executive Secretary General of the International Association of Applied Linguistics. At the CEI, she oversees the Mobile Learning Research Fund, the SoTL Certification Course, the development of resources for research and she provides advice and mentorship to faculty who are interested in engaging in research on teaching and learning.

Area of Expertise

Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Pedagogy, Teacher Education, The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Classroom-based Research.


Dubai, R-L1-008


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Gitsaki, C., & Coombe, C. (2016). Current issues in language evaluation, assessment and testing: Research and practice. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Gitsaki, C., & Alexiou, T. (2015). Current issues in second/foreign language teaching and teacher development: Research and practice. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Gitsaki, C., Gobert, M., & Demirci, H. (2015). Current issues in reading, writing and visual literacy: Research and practice. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Gitsaki, C., & Waller, T.A. (2015). Recipes for the wireless classroom: Mobile learning activities. Dubai, UAE: TESOL Arabia.

Gitsaki, C., & Robby, M. A. (2014). Post-secondary students using the iPad to learn English: An impact study. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 6(4), 53-74. DOI: 10.4018/ijmbl.2014100104.

Dr. Christina Gitsaki