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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 IOE 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

  • Ilaria Olivieri, Programme administrator for the MA Intercultural Communication
  • Hayley Cook, Programme administrator for the MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL In Service
  • Nick Watts, Programme 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
  • Myrrh Domingo, Associate Professor of Contemporary Literacies
  • Sam Duncan, Associate Professor of Adult Education and Literacies
  • Roberto Filippi, 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, Professor of Psychology, Language and Education
  • Norbert Pachler, Professor of Education
  • Hugh Starkey, Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights Education
  • John Vorhaus, Professor of Moral and Educational Philosophy
  • 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.

Dissertation supervisors

  • Celia Antoniou, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Erhan Aslan, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Elaine Boyd, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Sophia Diamantopoulou, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Andy Gillett, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Ide Haghi, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Kate Hammer, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Ruolin Hu, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Irini Mavrou, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Amina Lechkhab, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Andrea Sunyol Garcia y Moreno, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Victor Guillen Solano, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Steve Wong, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Yasemin Yildiz, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Sara Young, Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Victor Guillen Solano, Lecturer (Teaching) 
  • Amina Lechkhab, Lecturer (Teaching)

Study with us 


Courses leading to accreditation:


Our research

Projects include:

International collaborations:

See also:

Research groups

Consultancy and advisory work

Projects include:

Healthy Linguistic Diet

Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith has developed a new concept Healthy Linguistic Diet as an innovative approach to language learning, based on her research. Healthy Linguistic Diet has been endorsed by the EU Commission in their report:  European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Rethinking language education in schools, Publications Office, 2018 , as one of the recommendations to the member states.

It has also been used for teacher training in EU member states and as a regional strategy in Italy.

Partners have included:

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

Healthy Linguistic Diet


Below is a partial list of journal editorships, book series editorships, and journal editorial board membership of members of the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics

Journal editorships

  • Applied Linguistics Review (De Gruyter) – Li Wei, Principal Editor
  • Language Testing (SAGE) – Talia Isaacs, Co-Editor
  • Chinese Language and Discourse (John Benjamins) – Li Wei, Co-Editor
  • Education, Innovation and Communication (Communication Institute of Greece) – Fotini Diamantidaki, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Educational Linguistics (De Gruyter) – Li Wei, General Editor
  • ELT Journal (Oxford University Press) – Amos Paran, Reviews Editor
  • Global Chinese (De Gruyter) – Li Wei, Co-Editor
  • Professional and Academic English (IATEFL ESP SIG Journal) – Andy Gillett, Editor
  • International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (Taylor & Francis) – Li Wei, Editor
  • International Journal of the Sociology of Language (De Gruyter) – Ruanni Tupas, Associate Editor
  • Language Policy (Springer) – Miguel Perez-Milans, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Language, Culture and Society (John Benjamins) – Alfonso Del Percio, General Editor; Li Wei, Consulting Editor; Miguel Perez-Milans, General Editor
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (Elsevier), Li Wei, Consulting Editor
  • Studies in Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press) – Andrea Revesz, Associate Editor
  • System (Elsevier) – Jim McKinley, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • The Language Learning Journal (Taylor & Francis) – Li Wei, Editor; Ana Pellicer-Sanchez, Editor
  • TESOL in Context (Australian Council for TESOL Associations) – David Wei Dai, Co-Editor 

Book series editorships 

  • Cambridge Elements in Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press) – Li Wei, Co-Editor
  • Cambridge Elements in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press) – Jim McKinley, Co-Editor
  • Contemporary Studies in Linguistics (Bloomsbury) – Li Wei, Editor
  • Guides to Research Methods in Language and Linguistics (Wiley) – Li Wei, Editor
  • Language Policy and Practices in China (De Gruyter) – Li Wei, Editor
  • IMPACT: Studies in language, culture and society (John Benjamins) – Li Wei, Editor

Journal editorial board membership

  • Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press), Andrea Revesz

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