Christine Raschka


  • 1.17 Queens Building

Personal profile

Academic Background

  • PhD, Newcastle, 1996
  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Psychology, Newcastle, 1992

Teaching Interests

My teaching include aspects of:

  • (Applied) linguistics
  • sociolinguistic,
  • bilingualism,
  • second language acquisition and,
  • Descriptive Syntax


Administrative Posts

  • Associate Director Learning and Teaching
  • School Plagiarism and Collusion Officer
  • Module co-ordinator for Professional Development
  • Visiting placement tutor



1998-2006 Lecturer & Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, English Language Centre, Northumbria University

Prior to this I have held a number of temporary teaching posts at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, University College Ripon and York, and University of Durham, as well as, locum Speech and Language Therapy (paediatric) posts in North & South Tyneside. I was employed as a Research Associate on an ESRC funded research project R000235869 'First language maintenance and development by British-born Chinese children in Tyneside' for 18 months (1996-7) and in 1995 spend a wonderful year as a visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan, USA.

Key Research Interests

My research focus is on adult and child bilingualism (e.g. education, intercultural communication, language impairment), and second language acquisition in structured and non-structured contexts (especially grammatical development and functions of code-switching). More recently, I (with my colleague Zoe Butterfint) have begun work on the role of prosody and intonation in non-native speaker health communications.


Raschka, C., P. Sercombe and Huang, Chi-Ling (2009) Conflicts and tensions in codeswitching in a Taiwanese EFL classroom. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 12(2), pp. 157-171.

Raschka, C., P. Sercombe and Huang, Chi-Ling (2007) ‘The use of code-switching in Taiwanese EFL classrooms: expectations and reality’ Lingua et Linguistica, 1 (2),

Garner, M., C. Raschka and P. Sercombe (2006) ‘Sociolinguistic minorities, research, and social relationships’. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 27 (1), pp. 61-78.

Sercombe, P., M. Garner, Raschka, C. (2006) ‘Editors’ Introduction’, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Vol 27 (1), pp. 1-3.

Sercombe, P., M. Garner, C. Raschka (eds.) (2006) ‘Sociolinguistic research - who wins? Research on, with or for speakers of minority languages?’, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Vol 27 (1).

Raschka, C., Li Wei and S. Lee (2002) ‘Bilingual development and social networks of British-born Chinese children.’ International Journal of Sociology of Language, 153, pp. 9-25.

Raschka, C. (1999) Book review: ‘Language and Cognition’ by W. Sucharowski. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. Vol. 13, p.245.

Raschka, C. and L. Milroy (1996) Developing grammars in their social context: The L2 acquisition patterns of three Chinese learners of English. In Cameron, L. and Coleman, H. (eds.) Change and Language. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. pp. 103-115.

Milroy, L. and C. Raschka (1996) Varieties of English in contemporary Britain: the grammatical characteristics of ethnic minority speakers in the north-east of England. In Klemola, J. and Merja-Rissanen, M. (eds.) Speech Past and Present: Studies in English Dialectology in Memory of Ossi Ihalainen. University of Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics, Vol 38. Frankfurt/ Main: Peter Lang. pp. 187-212.

Selected conference presentations

Raschka, C. and Butterfint, Z. (2008) Prosody and intonation as markers of intercultural identity. BAAL, 41st Annual Meeting, Swansea.

Raschka, C. (2007) ‘Competently communicating communicative competence: from theory to practice’, BAAL/CUP Seminar: Communicative Competence Revisited: Multilingual, Multicultural and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Birkbeck, University of London.

Raschka, C. (2007) ‘Perceptions of bilingualism and communication disorders amongst trainee SLTs’, Poster presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism 6, University of Hamburg.

Raschka, C., P. Sercombe & Chi Ling Huang (2006) 'Code-switching in Taiwanese language classrooms' Sociolinguistics Symposium 16,  University of Limerick.

Raschka, C. (2005) ‘Play on! Playing about with games in language teaching’, BAAL/CUP Seminar: Language Learning/Teaching as Social (Inter)action. University of Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Garner, M., C. Raschka and P. Sercombe (2004) ‘Sociolinguistic Minorities, Research, and Social Relationships’. Sociolinguistics Symposium 15, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Raschka, C. (2000) ‘Syntactic and pragmatic English language development of bilingual adults in Tyneside’. BAAL, 33rd Annual Meeting, Cambridge.

Raschka, C. (1999) invited seminar speaker, 'Maintenance and development of a first language in a second language environment'. University of York.

Raschka, C. (1998) invited speaker, paper presented at workshop on ‘social networks, language shift and loss’, Veldhoven, Netherlands.

Raschka, C. (1997) English language development of bilingual Chinese adults in Tyneside. International Symposium of Bilingualism, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Raschka, C. (1996) Linguistic and extra-linguistic variables as factors in second language acquisition. Sociolinguistic Symposium 11, University of Cardiff, Wales.