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
  • 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

Director of Centre

  • Li Wei, Chair of Applied Linguistics

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

Collaborations from other institutions

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Our research

Projects include:

  • Language of voice-hearing
  • 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

International collaborations:

See also:


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.

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