Dr Jessica Briggs Baffoe-Djan

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition


Jessica Briggs Baffoe-Djan is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the Department of Education. She is Course Director of the MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA) and member of the Applied Linguistics and English Medium Instruction research groups. Dr Briggs Baffoe-Djan lectures and supervises on the MSc ALSLA, the MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT), the MSc Learning & Teaching (MLT), and the DPhil Education.

Prior to pursuing an academic career Jessica worked as an English language teacher for over a decade both in the UK and overseas. She holds an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition, an MSc in Educational Research Methodology, a DPhil in Education and a PGDip in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. Jessica is a Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL).

Jessica’s expertise lies in adult second language (L2) acquisition, particularly L2 learning among study abroad and international students in UK contexts, and among students in non-Anglophone countries who study through the medium of English (i.e. in English Medium Instruction). Her research focuses on second language acquisition/development/use in informal contexts of learning; second language lexical development; and language learner strategies. Her work is currently funded by EMI Oxford and the British Council.


  • Second language acquisition
  • Language learning
  • English language teaching
  • English Medium Instruction (EMI)
  • Study abroad
  • Language learner strategies
  • Second language vocabulary


English; Spanish