Institute of Education


Centre for Applied Linguistics

Research and consultancy in the broad field of applied linguistics.

Director: Professor Li Wei

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
  • 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.

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

Director of Centre

Li Wei, Chair of Applied Linguistics

Core Members

Jane Allemano, Lecturer in Education and Professional Development
Alfonso Del Percio, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Zsofia Demjen, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Communication
John Gray, Reader in Languages in Education
Talia Isaacs, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment
David Mallows, Lecturer in TESOL
Dina Mehmedbegovic, Lecturer
John O'Regan, Reader in Applied Linguistics
Amos Paran, Reader in Second Language Education
Ana Pellicer-Sanchez, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Miguel Perez-Milans, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Siân Preece, Senior Lecturer in TESOL Education
Andrea Révész, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Other IOE Members

Colin Christie, Lecturer in Languages in Education
Jeff Bezemer, Reader in Learning and Communications
Verna Brandford, Lecturer in Education, PGCE MFL
Andrew Burn, Professor of Media Education
Katharine Carruthers, Director, Confucius Institute for Schools
Helen Casey, Director, NRDC
Caroline Conlon, Lecturer in Modern Foreign Languages Education, PGCE MFL
Fotini Diamantidaki, Lecturer for PGCE Modern Foreign Languages, PGCE MFL
Myrrh Domingo, Lecturer in Contemporary Literacies
Sam Duncan, Senior Lecturer in Adult Education And Literacies
Fiona English, Honorary Senior Research Associate in Culture, Communication and Media
Anna Ferris, PGCE Lecturer in Primary Education
Roberto Filippi, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Special Educational Needs
Will Gibson, Reader in Social Research Methods
Lesley Gourlay, Reader in Education and Technology and Director of the Academic Writing Centre
John Hardcastle, Honorary Senior Lecturer
Carey Jewitt, Professor of Learning and Technology
Gunther Kress, Chair of Semiotics and Education
Claudia Lapping, Senior Lecturer in Education
Shirley Lawes, Lecturer in Modern Foreign Languages
Chloë Marshall, Reader in Psychology and Human Development
Norbert Pachler, Professor of Education
Mary Scott, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Founding Director of CAPLITS at IOE and Leader of the Interuniversity Academic Literacies Research Group
Hugh Starkey, Emeritus Professor of Education
John Vorhaus, Reader in Human Rights Education, Co-Director, NRDC
Sue Walters, Senior Lecturer in Education, Mteach
John Yandell, Senior Lecturer in Education (English Studies)
Catherine Wallace, Emerita Professor
Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes on: UCL Research Portal, IRIS

Other UCL Members

Professor Bas Aarts
Dr Froso Argyri
Dr Suzanne Beeke
Professor Bencie Woll
Dr Wing Yee Chow
Dr Kearsy Cormier
Dr Rachele De Felice
Professor Jorge Diaz-Cintas
Professor David W. Green
Professor Paul Iverson
Dr Merle Mahon
Dr Alexandra Perovic
Dr Mark Shuttleworth

Collaborations from other institutions

Professor Peter Bright, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Fiona Richardson, Anglia Ruskin University

Study with us

Projects include:

  • Translanguaging and learning
  • Translanguaging in diverse contexts
  • Family Language Policy
  • Cognitive benefits of language learning
  • Multilingual universities
  • Digital Literacies as a Postgraduate Attribute
  • 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
  • How tutors use masters degree studies in education to support teachers
  • CITTI research project, analysing interactions within virtual learning environments for students of citizenship
  • Development of a strategy for EAL in the teaching workforce

For further details see:


Recent projects include:

  • British Council reading and writing in second language
  • Translanguaging in the workplace
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Hearing All Voices Project
  • Development of a strategy for EAL in the teaching workforce.

See more consultancy case studies.

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