Research Cluster

Second Language Learning and Teaching

Translation headsets on a white table.

How do second languages develop?

How do we learn second or additional languages after we have acquired our first language? And how can we best teach additional languages?

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.

Our research projects:

Contact us
Research Cluster Lead Dr Adela Ganem Gutierrez
Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex
Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi) University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ