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.

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
Froso Argyri, Senior Teaching Fellow and Leverhulme Research Associate
Alfonso Del Percio, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Zsófia Demjén, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
John Gray, Reader in Languages in Education
Talia Isaacs, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment
David Mallows, Senior Teaching Fellow in TESOL
Jim McKinley, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Dina Mehmedbegovic, Lecturer in Education
John O’Regan, Reader in Applied Linguistics
Amos Paran, Reader in Second Language Education
Ana Pellicer-Sánchez, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Miguel Pérez-Milans, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
Siân Preece, Associate Professor of TESOL Education
Andrea Révész, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Kazuya Saito, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Sahra Abdullahi, Full-time Research Associate
Sezgi Goksan, Full-time Research Associate

Administrative Staff

James Purdy
Rachael Sharpe
Nick Watts

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
Gunther Kress, Chair of Semiotics and Education
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

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

Collaborations from other institutions

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

Study with us

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

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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