Petra Schoofs

Colleges, School and Institutes


Before I joined the Department of English Language and Linguistics I worked at the University of Sunderland as subject leader TESOL in their undergraduate programme and as senior lecturer  in their MA TESOL programme.

Research interests

In my PhD study I explored the question of first language attrition, in particular if your environment language is faster and more easily accessible than the native language after a speaker has been living in these environments for a lengthy period of time. I am interested in investigating psycholinguistic processes and their effects on learning (and teaching).

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

At the moment I am co-supervising one PhD student (DL), together with Dr Ruth Page; Rachel Manley, “Using the board game Forbidden Island to analyse students’ improvement on English Language”.