Primary Department
School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies
Academic Staff
Fiona Gallagher
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography


Fiona Gallagher is an assistant professor in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) at Dublin City University. Before this, she worked as a teacher and CELTA teacher educator in Sudan, Italy, Spain, Ireland, the US, Australia and Portugal.  Her research interests lie primarily in the fields of second language acquisition, TESOL and bi/multilingual education with particular reference to: L1 use in language learning and teaching; translanguaging and plurilingual pedagogies; and teaching and learning in the linguistically and culturally diverse primary and secondary school classroom. 

She has published widely in her field, both as the author/co-author of various EFL textbooks and teacher guides and in high-ranking peer reviewed journals and edited volumes.  Among her most recent publications are:

Gallagher, F. and Geraghty, C. (2021) 'Exploring mono/multilingual practices on the CELTA course: What trainers say'Language Teaching Research, online  doi:10.1177/1362168821991253

Ćatibušić, B., Gallagher, F. and Karazi, S. (2021) 'Syrian voices: an exploration of the language learning needs and integration supports for adult Syrian refugees in Ireland'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 25 (1):22-39 doi: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1673957

Gallagher F. (2020) 'Considered in context: EFL teachers’ views on the classroom as a bilingual space and codeswitching in shared-L1 and in multilingual contexts'. System, 91 <

Research interests

Language Teaching Methodologies; Multicultural education; Second Language acquisition; Immersion education; ESOL, Teacher Development; Materials design; Intercultural Communication; CLIL; EAP.