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Dr Lina Adinolfi

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Professional biography

Lina Adinolfi joined the OU as Staff Tutor for Languages in Region 06 in 1997. In 2006 she became a Lecturer on the newly created OpenELT team in the Department of Languages at Walton Hall. These two academic roles – one regional, one central - have provided her with insights in both the production and presentational aspects of supporting language learning and teaching within the OU.

Teaching interests

Lina Adinolfi has nearly twenty five years experience of supporting language learning and teaching, both overseas and in the UK. After graduating in Language and Linguistics, Lina taught English to undergraduates at the Universities of Naples and Venice in Italy.She was then appointed as Senior Teacher / Assistant Manager She then spent six years with the British Council Teaching Centre in Quito, Ecuador, where she participated in a national language teacher development project in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and ODA (now DfiD). She then went on to be Deputy Teaching Centre Director at the British Council Thessaloniki, Greece.

Lina joined the OU as Staff Tutor for Languages in R06, where she was responsible for developing a language student buddy support network, a peer observation system for Associate Lecturers and a web-based tutorial activity resource bank for Associate Lecturers.

In 2006 she became a member of the new OpenELT team in the Department of Languages. She is currently Chair of L185: English for Academic Purposes Online. She is also involved in a number of international ELT development projects, including the English Language for Teachers element of of the schools-based English in Action Programme, Bangladesh,  and the Transforming English Language Teaching in Higher Education Programme, Pakistan.


Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Language and Literacies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


Externally funded projects

English Medium Instruction in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs); challenges and opportunities in Ghana and India
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Apr 201531 Oct 2016British Council

This research will explore the evidence of the potential of English Medium Instruction (EMI) to improve equity and access to school that results in better educational and life chances, particularly for disadvantaged groups in India and Ghana


Taking in the complete picture: framing the use of 360-degree video for teacher education practice and research (2022-03)
Cross, Simon; Wolfenden, Freda and Adinolfi, Lina
Teaching and Teacher Education, 111, Article 103597

Predicting the academic achievement of multilingual students of English through vocabulary testing (2021)
Szabo, Csaba Z.; Stickler, Ursula and Adinolfi, Lina
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 24(10) (pp. 1531-1542)

Exploring open digital badges in teacher education: a case study from India (2020-03-20)
Wolfenden, Freda; Adinolfi, Lina and Cross, Simon
Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D, 7(1) (pp. 108-115)

An exploration of agency in the localisation of open educational resources for teacher development (2019)
Wolfenden, Freda and Adinolfi, Lina
Learning, Media and Technology, 44(3) (pp. 327-344)

An exploratory study of translanguaging practices in an online beginners' foreign language classroom (2017-05-24)
Adinolfi, Lina and Astruc, Lluïsa
Language Learning in Higher Education. Journal of the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS), 7(1) (pp. 185-204)

Medium of instruction policies in Ghanaian and Indian primary schools: an overview of key issues and recommendations (2016)
Erling, Elizabeth J.; Adinolfi, Lina; Hultgren, Anna Kristina; Buckler, Alison and Mukorera, Mark
Comparative Education, 52(3) (pp. 294-310)

Multilingual classrooms: opportunities and challenges for English medium instruction in low and middle income contexts (2017-09-30)
Erling, Elizabeth J.; Adinolfi, Lina and Hultgren, Anna Kristina
ISBN : 978-1-909437-90-6 | Publisher : Education Development Trust/British Council | Published : Reading

Spherical 360-degree video recording and viewing in educational research: a case-study from India (2022-06)
Cross, Simon; Wolfenden, Freda and Adinolfi, Lina
In: Sharpe, Rhona; Bennett, Sue and Varga-Atkins, Tünde eds. Handbook of Digital Higher Education. Elgar Handbooks in Education
ISBN : 978 1 80088 848 7 | Publisher : Edward Elgar

Medium of Instruction (MOI) policies in Ghanaian and Indian primary schools: an overview of key issues and recommendations (2018)
Erling, E. J.; Adinolfi, L.; Hultgren, A. K.; Buckler, A. and Mukorera, M.
In: Milligan, L. O. and Tikly, L. eds. English as a medium of instruction in postcolonial contexts: issues of quality, equity and social justice
ISBN : 978-1138564022 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxford

Utilising tablets and one-to-one coaching to create classroom videos for teacher development in India (2016)
Adinolfi, Lina
In: Pickering, George and Gunashekar, Paul eds. Ensuring quality in English language teacher education (pp. 197-202)
Publisher : British Council

Multilingual Education in South Asia: At the Intersection of Policy and Practice (2022-05-18)
Adinolfi, Lina; Bhattacharya, Usree and Phyak, Prem eds.
ISBN : 9780367746049 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxford

Supporting practice-based teacher professional learning and assessment at scale in the Global South (2022)
Cross, Simon; Wolfenden, Freda; Charania, Amina; Adinolfi, Lina; Sen, Sohini and Sarkar, Durba
In : 16th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (7-8 Mar 2022, Online)

Teacher Motivation and Aspiration for Online Mentoring their Fellow Teachers in the COVID Lockdown Period (2021-10-26)
Charania, Amina; Wolfenden, Freda; Sarkar, Durba; Cross, Simon; Sen, Sohini and Adinolfi, Lina
In : SITE Interactive 2021 (26-28 Oct 2021, Online)

Transforming classroom observation and professional development with 360-degree video and mobile VR (2018-11-07)
Cross, Simon; Wolfenden, Freda and Adinolfi, Lina
In : 8th Annual mEducation Alliance Symposium (6-8 Nov 2018, Washington DC, USA)

The teaching and learning of lexical chunks in an online language classroom: a corpus-based study (2012)
Adinolfi, Lina
PhD thesis University of Southampton, School of Education

Digital Badges for TPD at scale in the Global South: a framework for implementation and field study in Assam, India (2022-08)
Cross, Simon; Charania, Amina; Wolfenden, Freda; Adinolfi, Lina; Sen, Sohini and Sarkar, Durba
The Open University, Milton Keynes.

Teachers’ professional learning during and after Covid: A role for open digital badges (2021-02)
Cross, Simon; Adinolfi, Lina; Charania, Amina; Wolfenden, Freda; Ramchand, Mythili; Sen, Sohini; Paltiwale, Sumegh; Coughlan, Emily; Shende, Satej; Sarkar, Durba; Chatterjee, Ananya and Balli, Omkar
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India: Interim Project Report (2020)
Cross, Simon; Adinolfi, Lina; Charania, Amina; Ramchand, Mythili; Wolfenden, Freda; Sen, Sohini; Paltiwale, Sumegh; Balli, Omkar and Chatterjee, Ananya
The Open University & Tata Institute of Social Sciences

TESS-India: An approach to supporting teacher development and improving classroom practice (2019)
Cross, Simon; Adinolfi, Lina and Wolfenden, Freda
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

Special issue on the theme: Researchers and practitioners in dialogue, Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts, Vol. 4 (3) (2018)
Adinolfi, L.; Link, H. and St. John, O.
John Benjamins

Moving towards more participatory practice with Open Educational Resources: TESS-India Academic Review (2017-05)
Wolfenden, Freda; Adinolfi, Lina; Cross, Simon; Lee, Clare; Paranjpe, Sandhya and Safford, Kimberly
The Open University, Milton Keynes.