Maria Loftus


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Maria Loftus is an Assistant Professor in French in the School of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies. She holds a primary degree in Irish and French with higher degrees in French Literature and Language, Discourse and Representations, Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Sub-Saharan Documentary Cinema from French and Irish universities. Having published in international journals in the areas of protest and documentary cinema, visual representations of colonisation, she has more recently explored the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) field of students as creators of video content within a SLA context. 

Maria is currently researching the use of interactive student authored content in the SLA classroom and curricular design around telecollaboration. In addition, she is involved in a project pertaining to learning gain in non-formal and informal third level settings. 

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2019 Bruen, J;Kelly, N;Loftus, M (2019) 'Attendance policies on university language degrees: exploring attitudes, and measuring relationships with performance and progression'. Journal of Further and Higher Education, . [DOI]
2016 Bruen J.;Crosbie V.;Kelly N.;Loftus M.;Maillot A.;McGillicuddy Á.;Péchenart J. (2016) 'Teaching controversial topics in the humanities and social sciences in Ireland: Using structured academic controversy to develop multi-perspectivity in the learner'. Journal Of Social Science Education, 15 (3):18-25. [DOI]
2014 Loftus M.;Tiernan P.;Cherian S. (2014) 'Students' readiness to move from consumers to producers of digital video content: A cross-cultural analysis of Irish and Indian Students'. Education and Information Technologies, 19 (3):569-582. [DOI]
2013 Maria Loftus (2013) 'Jacques Audiard’s The Prophet: the carceral environment as a mirror of assimilationist policy gone wrong'. TRANSCULTURAL VISIONS, .
2012 Maria Loftus (2012) 'Kuxa Kanema: the rise and fall of an experimental documentary series in Mozambique'. JOURNAL OF AFRICAN CINEMAS (PRINT), 3 (2):161-171.
2010 Loftus M. (2010) 'The appeal of hybrid documentary forms in West Africa'. French Forum, 35 (2-3):37-55. [DOI]
2008 Maria Loftus (2008) 'Garage: The Tail of the Tiger'. LES CAHIERS DE L'ARLI, .

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Lowney, R. & Loftus, M. (2021) 'Interactive videos' In: Designing Courses with Digital Technologies: Insights and Examples from Higher Education. New York : Routledge. [Link]
2020 Loftus, M. & Lowney, R. (2020) 'From cloning to self-authoring video content in the language classroom: a reflection on practice' In: CALL for widening participation: short papers from EUROCALL 2020. Denmark : [DOI]
2014 Maria Loftus (2014) 'Afrique-sur-Seine' In: Directory of World Cinema: Africa. Bristol : Intellect Books.
2012 Maria Loftus, Olga Springer, Cathy Fowley (2012) 'Repurposing the Smartphone in the Classroom: Practitioners’ Perspectives on Integrating Student-Produced Digital Film in Language Learning' In: The Digital Learning Revolution in Ireland: Case Studies from the National Learning Resources Service. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2020 Loftus, M. & Lowney, R. (2020) EuroCALL Gathering From cloning to self authoring video content in the language classroom: a reflection Online, .
2018 Blin, F., Vallantin, F. & Loftus, M. (2018) EUROCALL 2018 – Future-Proof CALL: Language Learning as Exploration and Encounters Towards sustainable and large scale virtual exchanges in a university-wide context University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland, 22/08/2018-25/08/2018.
2017 Maria Loftus (2017) Applied Linguistics in the Era of Globalisation: Opportunities, Challenges, Practices The gamification of interactive video content and second language acquisition University of Limerick, .
2014 Maria Loftus (2014) The Cinema of Jacques Audiard Reinventing the anti-hero: a reading of Jacques Audiard’s Un Prophète King’s College London, .
2013 Maria Loftus (2013) African Cinema and Politics Conference The politics of the seemingly apolitical: a study of Haroun’s A Screaming Man University of Westminster, .
2013 Maria Loftus and Peter Tiernan (2013) India-Ireland: from Colonialism to Nation Building Students as Creators of Digital Video Content in the Third Level Classroom: a Comparative Study between Ireland and India Jawaharlal Nehru University, .
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Research Interests

She has co-supervised a PhD in designed and emerging affordances in tutor-learner multimodal interactions in video-conferencing. Maria welcomes proposals from prospective PhD students interested in the areas of student created multimedia content for the SLA classroom, telecollaboration and peer-led informal language learning.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Students as creators of interactive video content in the university language classroom: from passive to active learners Chief Applicant 01/01/2020 30/09/2020
Staging of Pocket Cinema Festival Chief Applicant 01/01/2013 24/04/2013
Cinema in your pocket: improving second language acquisition for students using mobile phone technology Chief Applicant 01/01/2012 01/05/2012
Financing day-long Smart phone cinema training workshop Chief Applicant 01/09/2011 01/12/2011

External Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
External Innovative Studies Programme in Teaching and Research in Interdisciplinary and Emerging Areas Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Academic
External School of Arts and Aesthetics Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Academic