Institute of Education


Centre for Applied Linguistics

Research and consultancy in the broad field of applied linguistics.

Co-Directors: Professor John Gray and Professor Amos Paran.

Our mission is to promote the UCL Institute of Education as a centre of international excellence in research and teaching in the broad field of applied linguistics, including:

  • bilingualism and multilingualism,
  • second and additional language acquisition,
  • language testing,
  • language pedagogies,
  • multimodal communication,
  • linguistic ethnography,
  • discourse and interactional analysis,
  • health communication,
  • professional / institutional communication,
  • English as a global language,
  • intercultural communication,
  • literacy,
  • corpus linguistics,
  • language-in-education policy and practice,
  • language and identity,
  • language, gender and sexuality.

About us 


Our centre aims to:

  • seek external funding for high-quality research and consultancy in the broad field of applied linguistics,
  • foreground the work in these areas through high status publications as well as through conferences and seminars,
  • develop research networks and partnerships with research teams nationally and internationally,
  • build networks of interest across UCL and develop synergies between adjacent areas and forms of research,
  • liaise with other research centres across UCL which also have an interest in broadly based applied linguistics,
  • provide strategic leadership, expertise and support to those working in the area of applied linguistics,
  • provide research input into the teaching programmes and doctoral supervision in areas of applied linguistics.
Our staff

Directors of Centre

Core Members

Administrative Staff

  • Isabelle Coleman, Administrator for Applied Linguistics and TESOL in-service.
  • Ilaria Olivieri, Assistant Administrator.
  • Nick Watts, Administrator for TESOL pre-service.

Other IOE Members

  • Jeff Bezemer, Professor of Learning and Communications.
  • Verna Brandford, Lecturer in Education, PGCE MFL.
  • Andrew Burn, Professor of Media Education.
  • Katharine Carruthers, Director, Confucius Institute for Schools.
  • Caroline Conlon, Lecturer in Modern Foreign Languages Education, PGCE MFL.
  • Fotini Diamantidaki, Lecturer for PGCE Modern Foreign Languages, PGCE MFL.
  • Myrrh Domingo, Associate Professor of Contemporary Literacies.
  • Sam Duncan, Associate Professor of Adult Education and Literacies.
  • Roberto Filippi, Associate Professor of Psychology and Special Educational Needs.
  • Will Gibson, Reader in Social Research Methods.
  • Lesley Gourlay, Professor of Education and Technology.
  • Carey Jewitt, Professor of Learning and Technology.
  • Claudia Lapping, Reader in Psychosocial Studies and Education.
  • Shirley Lawes, Lecturer in Modern Foreign Languages.
  • Chloë Marshall, Reader in Psychology and Human Development.
  • Norbert Pachler, Professor of Education.
  • Hugh Starkey, Emeritus Professor of Education.
  • John Vorhaus, Reader in Human Rights Education, Co-Director, NRDC.
  • Sue Walters, Associate Professor of Education, MTeach.
  • John Yandell, Associate Professor of Education (English Studies).
  • Catherine Wallace, Emerita Professor.
  • Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education.

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Our research

Projects include:

  • British Academy teaching-research nexus
  • British Council reading and writing in second language
  • CITTI research project, analysing interactions within virtual learning environments for students of citizenship
  • Cognitive benefits of language learning
  • Development of a strategy for EAL in the teaching workforce
  • Digital Literacies as a Postgraduate Attribute
  • Examining language-related eligibility criteria in patient recruitment to randomised controlled trials
  • Family Language Policy
  • How tutors use masters degree studies in education to support teachers
  • Investigating the predictive validity of the Duolingo English Test
  • Language of voice-hearing
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Hearing All Voices Project
  • Multilingual universities
  • Project for the Development of National Occupational Standards in Intercultural Working
  • Social Mobile Network to enhance community building for adults informal learning
  • Tasks and assessing second language writing processes and outcomes
  • The complexity-accuracy-fluency triad, communicative adequacy, and revisiting the IELTS speaking band descriptors
  • Translanguaging and learning
  • Translanguaging in diverse contexts
  • Translanguaging in the workplace​​​​​​​
  • Using computational tools to analyse the language demands of informed consent documents in health intervention research.

International collaborations:

See also:

Consultancy and advisory work

Partners have included:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge Assessment English
  • Duolingo
  • Educational Testing Service (TOEFL Commitee of Examiners).

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