Through our research we aim to better understand the nature of second language knowledge and learning, what impacts upon it and how it develops over time.
We want to know more about how we learn second languages and how this differs from the way we learn our native language. We look at the characteristics of individual learners and how these interact with the learning process, and we study the role of explicit (or conscious) knowledge and processes in instructed language learning. We also consider the role of the teacher and teachers’ experiences and views.
This project promotes research relating to the acquisition of French as a foreign language by providing access to a growing database of French learner language oral corpora.
This ESRC-funded study compared how children aged 5, 7 and 11 learn French in the classroom.
This project investigates innovative teaching materials and tasks that have been specifically developed to help with the development of adult L2 learners' tense-aspect system.
This project investigates whether the learning of Esperanto can enhance a child’s metalinguistic awareness and their subsequent learning of other languages in primary school.