Research

Language Education

The Language Education Hub focuses on the nature and roles of language(s) in learning. It brings together a broad range of fields into three key groupings: Language, Literacies and Interculturality.

Each grouping will create its own identity but drawing on language in use, educational linguistics, (critical) applied linguistics, interculturality and pluriliteracies at the micro, meso and macro level. The Hub also embraces applied dimensions of teaching and learning practices ranging from language(s) development, multicultural communication and literacies across languages and disciplines (including first language), to language education policy, theory and philosophy.

There is keen interest in interdisciplinarity linking to other Hubs, College themes and international networks. The Hub involves colleagues with interests in multimodal and multilingual discourse including British Sign Language and Gaelic, TESOL, English as an Additional Language, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), CLIL, Bilingual Education, Modern Languages, World Englishes, English for Special Purposes, (pluri) Literacies, and translanguaging. These are underpinned by critical perspectives and transformative approaches to pedagogy, including context-sensitive issues of discourses, language maintenance and shift, migration, identity and civic participation, digital literacy, contemporary meaning-making, the role of language in learning subject disciplines and creativity.

Our methodologies include quantitative methods and corpus research as well as ecocritical participative approaches, ethnography or narrative research and collaborative arts-based research methods. We welcome anyone interested in language(s) and learning including first language literacies.

Leadership team

  • Professor Do Coyle with co-leads Dr Florence Bonacina-Pugh and Dr Madeleine Campbell

Hub steering group

  • Dr Fiona O’Hanlon
  • Rachel O’Neill
  • Janet de Vigne with Dr Maryam Almohammad and Dr Annie Yang

Centres, groups and networks