prof. dr hab. Maria Dakowska

Applied linguistics and translation studies

full professor

Room number: 328

Phone: +48 (22) 625 28 62


  Office hours: Winter semester 20/21 - online Skype
Monday - 11.30-13.00 (by e-mail appointment)
prof. dr hab. Maria Dakowska


M.A., Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, 1972

Ph.D., Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, 1982

Post-doctoral (hab.), University of Warsaw, 1996

Professorial title - University of Warsaw 2009

Research interests and projects

My research interests are threefold:

a) foreign language didactics as an autonomous empirical discipline in the area of humanities with its specialized levels of research, with pure and applied goals, representing language use and learning from its very own specific perspective as an empirical system to be investigated by a variety of research methods and tools, both empirical and theoretical;

b) cognitive and psycholinguistic foundations of foreign language didactics, especially cognitive models and conceptions of human information processing; the idea of science as a culturally determined form of communication as well as a specialization of human cognitive processes; models of communication, especially verbal communication; processes of discourse comprehension and production in speech and writing, second/foreign language use and learning;

c) teaching English as a foreign language in the educational context; methods and strategies of teaching English as a foreign language; foreign language teaching as organic cultivation; reasoning processes in language use and learning; whole-person involvement and learner-centredness; life-span perspective of language use, learning and teaching; task as a unit of foreign language teaching.

Selected publications


Dakowska, M. (2015). In Search of Processes of Language Use in Foreign Language Didactics. . Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH. Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften.

Dakowska, M. (2014). O rozwoju dydaktyki języków obcych jako dyscypliny naukowej. (Warszawath ed.). Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.

Dakowska, M. , Grucza, S. & Olpińska-Szkiełko, M. (Eds.). (2014). Edukacja dwujęzyczna. Przedszkole, szkoła podstawowa i średnia. Teraźniejszość i przy-szłość. (2nd ed.). Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe IKL@.

Dakowska, M. , Grucza, S. & Olpińska-Szkiełko, M. (Eds.). (2014). Edukacja dwujęzyczna. Przedszkole, szkoła podstawowa i średnia. Teraźniejszość i przy-szłość. . Wydawnictwo Naukowe IKL@.

Banasiak, I. & Dakowska, M. (Eds.). (2012). Foreign Language Didactics and Its Application in the Educational setting. . Warszawa: SWSPiZ.


Dakowska, M. (2017). How to Deal with Applications in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (FLLT). In A. Mystkowska-Wiertelak & M. Pawlak (Eds.). Challenges of Second and Foreign Language Education in a Globalized World. Studies in Honor of Krystyna Droździał-Szelest. (pp. 17-33). Cham: Springer.

Dakowska, M. (2016). Authenticity, Authentic Texts and TEFL. A Psycholinguistic Perspective. In D. Gałajda , M. PAWLAK & P. Zakrajewski (Eds.). Researching Second Language Learning and Teaching from a Psycholinguistic Perspective. Studies in Honour of Danuta Gabryś-Barker. (pp. 183-200). Basel: Springer.

Dakowska, M. (2016). Principles of Task Design in Reading for Polish Learners of English as a Foreign Language. In H. Chodkiewicz , M. Krzemińska-Adamek & P. Steinbrich (Eds.). Working with Text and Around Text in Foreign Language Environment. (pp. 3-24). Switzerland: Springer.

Dakowska, M. (2014). Are the only things that count the things that can be counted? On modeling as a cognitive tool in the field of foreign language learning and teaching. In D. Gabryś-Barker (Ed.). Studying Second Language Acquisition from a Qualitative Perspective. (pp. 17-34). New York: Springer International Publishing.

Dakowska, M. (2014). Why does CLIL work? A Psycholinguistic Perspective. In L. Bertelle & M. Olpińska-Szkiełko (Eds.). Zweisprachigkeit und bilingualer Unterricht. (pp. 47-65). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Edition.

Dakowska, M. (2014). Evolution in understanding the notion of language as skill in foreign language didactics. In H. Chodkiewicz & M. Trepczyńska (Eds.). Language Skills. Traditions, Transitions and Ways Forward. (pp. 2-17). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Dakowska, M. (2013). Foreign Language Didactics Encounters Cognitive Science. In K. Droździał-Szelest & M. Pawlak (Eds.). Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Second Language Learning and Teaching. Studies in Honour of Waldemar Marton. (pp. 3-26). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag .

Dakowska, M. (2013). Foreign Language Didactics as a Human Science. In D. Gabryś-Barker , E. Piechurska-Kuciel & J. Zybert (Eds.). Investigations in Teaching and Learning Languages. Studies in Honour of Hanna Komorowska. (pp. 3-26). Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing.

Older publications can be found on the complete list in PBN