Our research looks at three key areas: early language development, language in later life and second language learning and teaching.
Early language development:
Our research on early language development examines how children learn sounds, words and sentences in their first language, and how language(s) develop and influence each other in bilingual and multilingual children.
Language in later life:
Development does not stop at the end of childhood, of course. We can and do learn more as we go through life, and contrary to what people might think, we can in fact learn new languages at any age.
Our research includes a focus on language in later life where we look at how older adults learn and use language(s).
Second language learning and teaching:
We are experts in research on second language learning and teaching. We look at how children, adolescents and adults acquire and develop a second or additional language beyond their first language and which factors influence such development.
In addition, we look at how languages can best be taught, and what impacts on the success or otherwise of language instruction in the classroom.