Dr. Azkarai obtained her PhD in 2013 within the program 'Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings' from the UPV/EHU under the direction of Prof. García Mayo, and was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award for the Academic Year 2012/2013. She has worked as a post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Rhonda Oliver at Curtin University (Perth, Australia) for three years (2014-2016). After that she has worked as a teacher in the German Department at the UPV/EHU, also in the Faculty of Humanities at Mondragon University (HUHEZI), and the Faculty of Education at the UPV/EHU.
At the moment, she works as an assistant professor of English in the Department of English and German Studies and Translation and Interpreting at the UPV/EHU. Her research interests include collaborative work, writing tasks and task-based interaction in ESL and EFL settings and with children and adults. Moreover, her research focuses on different factors such as age, gender, motivation, or setting that might affect the opportunities that language learners have to develop their target language.
Applied Linguistics, Second/Foreign Language Acquisition, Interaction, Task-based Language Learning
Agurtzane Azkarai Garai, . Gender and Age in Child Interaction in an EFL CLIL Context: An Exploratory Study. Learning languages in primary school: Research insights Ed.: María del Pilar García Mayo. Pub.: Multilingual Matters. Pags:-. (2017)
María del Pilar García Mayo, Agurtzane Azkarai Garai. EFL task-based interaction: Does task modality impact on language-related episodes?. Peer Interaction and Second Language Learning: Research Agenda and Pedagogical Implications Ed.: M. Sato & S. Ballinger. Pub.: John Benjamins. Pags:241-266. (2016) Abstract
María del Pilar García Mayo, Agurtzane Azkarai Garai. Issues on EFL children’s performance in collaborative tasks: Findings and future research agenda. International Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) conference Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. 2019
Agurtzane Azkarai Garai, Marta Kopinska. Level of engagement and patterns of interaction in young EFL learners during collaborative writing. 2nd International Conference on Child Foreign/Second Language Learning (CFSLL): Facing heterogeneity in the young learner classroom Kraków (Poland). 2019 Abstract
Agurtzane Azkarai Garai, Marta Kopinska, . Motivation among young EFL learners: Comparing pair and individual work with a dictogloss. Eighth International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching (August 19-21, 2019) TBLT: Insight, Instruction, Outcomes Carleton University, Ottawa (Canada). 2019 Abstract
Agurtzane Azkarai Garai, Marta Kopinska. Exploring young EFL learners’ patterns of interaction in collaborative writing: Engagement in LREs. Shanghai Center for Research in English Language Education: First Biennial Conference Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai (China). 2019 Abstract
Marta Kopinska, , Agurtzane Azkarai Garai. Motivation and the dictogloss task: a study with young EFL learners. Individual differences in second language learning and teaching II: The individual and the context Konin (Poland). 2018 Abstract
Agurtzane Azkarai Garai. The impact of learner’s gender and level of engagement on interaction: a study based on task modality. AESLA La Laguna (Spain). 2013
Agurtzane Azkarai Garai, María del Pilar García Mayo. Language-related episodes (LREs) and learning opportunities in an EFL setting: does gender play a role?. Third International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC3) Santiago de Compostela. 2012