Dr Maria Reraki is a lecturer and the programme leader for the MEd course in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia 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.