Dr Maria Reraki

Dr Maria Reraki

School of Education
Lecturer in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Dr Maria Reraki is a lecturer and the programme leader for the MEd course in Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties (SLD) in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the School of Education.

Maria is a qualified teacher specialised in teaching English to learners of other languages that have dyslexia/literacy difficulties. She has a strong interest in assessments and interventions that target the inclusion of learners with dyslexia in monolingual and multilingual settings. She has worked as an EFL teacher in schools in Greece supporting learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. In the UK, she has been involved in various research projects supporting school teachers in carrying out inquiry within and around their schools with a focus on disadvantage. She has also been involved in the research project ‘PATHS to success that focuses on enhancing pupils’ social competence by facilitating the social processes in the classrooms. Whilst studying for her PhD she worked as a support worker for Further Education learners with moderate and severe learning difficulties at the Manchester College.

Maria is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and holds a full membership of The Professional Association of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PGCHE).

Her current research interests focus on dyslexia and self-esteem and support approaches for EAL learners with dyslexia at Further Education/Higher Education levels.


  • B.Ed. in English Language and Literature – (Major: Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Aristotle University, Greece 
  • MEd TESOL and dyslexia, University of Edinburgh, UK 
  • MSc in Educational Research (core training modules), University of Manchester, UK 
  • PhD, University of Manchester, UK
  • PGCHE, University of Birmingham


Maria teaches at postgraduate level. She is the lead educator for the Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties (SLD) course and a tutor on the Practitioner Inquiry in Education Masters module. She also contributes to the MA TEFL programme.

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervision

Aida Layachi, PhD, Creative Drama in TEFL: An intervention study for ADHD Children in an Algerian Secondary School.

Past supervision

Brendan Greaney, PhD: Dyslexia in nursing and nurse education: A case study

Doctoral research

PhD title
Dyslexia-friendly practices in Greek primary EFL classrooms


Maria’s main research interests are:

  • Dyslexia assessment for mono/bi/multilingual learners
  • Dyslexia and self-esteem for EAL/EFL learners
  • Interventions for learners with dyslexia in mono/bi/multilingual settings
  • Support approaches for EAL learners with dyslexia at FE/HE level


Reraki, M. (in press) Dyslexia – friendly practices in Greek primary EFL classrooms. In Andreou, G. & Anastasiou, F. English as a foreign language: Investigating innovative theories of acquisition, teaching and development of communication and intercultural skills. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Reraki, M., Celik, I. & Saricam, H. (2015) Grit as a mediator of the relationship between motivation and academic achievement. Ozean Journal of Social Science 8 (1), pp. 19- 32

Reraki, Maria (2014). Classroom-based interventions for achieving dyslexia-friendly classrooms in language education: pupils’ and teachers’ perspectives. Conference proceedings, International Conference, The Future of Education, Pixel, Libreria Universitaria, Italy- online at: Pixel International Conference

Reraki, Maria (2013). Classroom-based in interventions for achieving dyslexia-friendly classrooms in EFL education: the original aims and the actual study. Poster published online at: www.natesol.org/doc/Reraki-poster.pptx

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