Annual Research Student Conference 2016- Asma Al- Hawi

The University of Central Lancashire launched its Annual Research Student Conference in 2011. Every year we celebrate the community of research and appreciate its richness, variety and impact.

This year the conference was spread over two days. We had over 50 students talk about their field of research- many of them international students.

Asma Al- Hawi, a PhD student at our Cyprus campus, talked about her research at the conference. We invited her to an interview and asked her more about her chosen area for research.


Interviewer: Thank you for your time Asma, We would like to ask you a few questions about your research.

Tell us about about your research, what is it about?

Asma: I have recently submitted my proposal to the Research Programme Approval. My study aims to examine the second and third language acquisition of English by the speakers of Arabic and Cypriot Greek in Cyprus and Jordan. It also aims to find out the extent to which the cross-linguistic influence from Arabic and Cypriot Greek into English affects the learners’ interlanguage development which can be attributed to many linguistic and non-linguistic factors.

Interviewer: What inspired you to choose this particular area for research?

Asma: Based on my observation, I found out that there is a relation between the L2/L3 acquisition of English and the bi(dia)lectal situations in Cyprus and the Arab world. It is anticipated that the complex linguistic situation in Cyprus and in Jordan could play a role in providing an extensive explanation of the reasons behind the errors committed by the Arimg_5747ab and Cypriot learners of English.

Interviewer: What do you hope to achieve from this research?

Asma: I hope that this research will contribute not only to the field of second language acquisition, but also to the field of third language acquisition by investigating the cross-linguistic influence of the mother tongue language of Arabs and Cypriot Greek on English as a second or third language. Also, this research project is distinctive in that it will be conducted in two different settings.

Interviewer: Once again, thank you for doing this interview. We wish you all the best for your research.


We wish Asma and all students doing their PhD the very best for your research.