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Professor Florence Myles

Professor
Department of Language and Linguistics
Professor Florence Myles
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872228

  • Location

    4.131, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Summer term: Wednesdays 12.00-14.00 or by appointment

Profile

Biography

Florence Myles graduated from the University of Sheffield with a PhD in Second Language Acquisition. She worked at the University of Southampton before taking up a Chair in French Linguistics at Newcastle University in 2004, where she was founding Director of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences. She joined the University of Essex in 2011 as Professor of Second Language Acquisition and is the founding Director of LaDeLi (Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan). Her research interests are insecond language acquisition (SLA), especially of French although she has also worked on Spanish SLA, and she is particularly interested in morphosyntactic development, and in theory building in the field of SLA. She has directed many research projects funded by the ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy, which have all had the dual aim of investigating learner development in French/Spanish and of constructing an electronic database of French/Spanish learner language oral corpora, available on the web to the research community (www.flloc.soton.ac.uk; www.splloc.soton.ac.uk). She has recently directed an ESRC-funded project investigating the role of age in instructed SLA of French (2009-11). She was President of the Association for French Language Studies (2003-7), and is currently President of EUROSLA (European Second Language Association). She was Editor of the Journal of French Language Studies (CUP) until 2012, and on the Editorial Board of Second Language Research, of Language Teaching, of the EUROSLA Yearbook, and of the Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée. She is co-author (with R. Mitchell and E. Marsdsen) of Second Language Learning Theories, now in its 3rd edition.

Qualifications

  • BA (University of Sheffield)

  • MA (University of Sheffield)

  • PhD (University of Sheffield)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The development of morphology and syntax in second language acquisition

The role of formulaic language in SLA

The role of age in SLA (in both naturalistic and instructed learners)

The use of computerised methodologies in SLA research, especially in the context of Oral Learner Corpora

SLA theory-building

Current research

Learning French from ages 5, 7 and 11: an investigation into starting ages, rates and routes of learning amongst early foreign language learners (ESRC funded project)

Her recent ESRC funded project compared linguistic development, attitudes and learning strategies in these 3 age groups, following a similar curriculum delivered by the same teacher over 40 hours of instruction. She is currently analysing the data and writing it up for articles on the different dimensions of the project. See a short presentation of this research and its findings. See a film of a typical project classroom (with the 7 year olds), accompanied by an interview with the teacher employed by the project.. A short article in The Conversation on 'Is it a case of the 'younger the better' for children learning a new language?'.

Conferences and presentations

MYLES, F. 2016. Keynote. The younger the better? A comparison of 5, 7 and 11 year olds learning French in the classroom in the UK. Language in Focus Conference, Istanbul, March 2016- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2016. Plenary. The psycholinguistic construct of formulaicity in second language learners: issues of conceptualisation and identification. FLaRN conference, Swansea, January 2016- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2015. Keynote. The younger the better? What is the best age to learn foreign languages in schools?. Sarajevo, December 2015- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2015. Keynote. The interaction between formulaic language and generative competence in early second language grammars. Sarajevo, December 2015- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2014: Plenary: The role of formulaic sequences at different stages of foreign language learning, International Symposium on Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition, Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, 2013: The younger the better? Comparing 5, 7 and 11 year olds learning French in the classroom. Public lecture at Cambridge Festival of Ideas- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2012: Comparing 5, 7 and 11 year olds learning French in the classroom in the UK, invited talk, Thessaloniki.- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2012: Public lecture, University of East Anglia The younger the better? Comparing 5, 7 and 11 year olds learning French in the classroom.- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2012: Opening keynote The younger the better? Comparing 5, 7 and 11 year olds learning French in the classroom. Essex Language Conference for teachers.- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2011: Opening keynote Learner corpora and SLA theory. Conference on Learner Corpora, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, September 2011 - Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2011: Plenary address L2 corpora and second language acquisition research. EUROSLA (European Second Language Association) annual conference, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2011 - Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2010: Plenary Address. Linguistic development in classroom learners of French.Annual conference of the Association for French Language Studies, Cambridge, September 2010. - Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2010: French Linguistics in the UK. Séminaire des études françaises. French Embassy, London, February 2010- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2008: Le développement du lexique et de la syntaxe en début d'apprentissage du français L2: processus parallèles ou interdépendants? Plenary opening address of conference on La place de lintervention dans une acquisition des compétences en interaction. Le cas du FLE, Free University, Brussels, March 2008- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2008: Building a comprehensive SLA theory: the Holy Grail? Invited talk, BAAL/CUP seminar on Conceptualising learning in Applied Linguistics. Newcastle University, June 2008. - Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2008: The nature and development of L2 French. Keynote address, Conference on the nature and development of L2 French, University of Southampton, 2008. - Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2007: plenary at the Symposium on Complexity, fluency and accuracy in second language use, learning and teaching, Brussels, March 2007.- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2007: Constitution et exploitation de corpus dapprenants de français langue étrangère, plenary at the conference français des corpus 2, Bristol January 2007.- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2007: The status of formulaic language in early L2 grammars. Plenary at the workshop on Sources of knowledge in second language acquisition research, Salford, February 2007.- Invited plenaires/keynotes

MYLES, F. 2007: The role played by formulaic language in early second language grammars, plenary at the Newcastle Postgraduate conference, June 2007.- Invited plenaires/keynotes

Teaching and supervision

  • Child Language Development (LG115)

  • Adult Language Development and Processing (LG116)

  • Research methods for language and linguistics (LG213)

  • Language Teaching in Different Contexts (LG329)

  • Nature and Nurture in Second Language Acquisition (LG338)

  • Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics Theory (LG438)

  • Language Learning (LG503)

  • Professional Development for Research Students (LG595)

Publications

Journal articles (23)

Costley, T., Gkonou, C., Myles, F., Roehr-Brackin, K. and Tellier, A., (2018). Multilingual and monolingual children in the primary-level language classroom: individual differences and perceptions of foreign language learning. The Language Learning Journal, 1-13

Domínguez, L., Arche, MJ. and Myles, F., (2017). Spanish Imperfect revisited: Exploring L1 influence in the reassembly of imperfective features onto new L2 forms. Second Language Research. 33 (4), 431-457

Myles, F. and Cordier, C., (2017). Formulaic sequence (FS) cannot be an umbrella term in SLA : Focusing on psycholinguistic FSs and their identification. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. 39 (1), 3-28

Myles, FJ., (2017). Learning foreign languages in primary schools: is younger better?. Languages, Society and Policy. 1 (1), 1-8

Tracy-Ventura, N. and Myles, F., (2015). The importance of task variability in the design of learner corpora for SLA research. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research. 1 (1), 58-95

DOMÍNGUEZ, L., TRACY-VENTURA, N., ARCHE, MJ., MITCHELL, R. and MYLES, F., (2013). The role of dynamic contrasts in the L2 acquisition of Spanish past tense morphology. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 16 (03), 558-577

Dominguez, L., Tracy-Ventura, N., Arche, MJ., Mitchell, R. and Myles, F., (2012). The role of dynamic contrasts in the L2 acquisition of Spanish past tense morphology. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 16 (3), 558-577

Myles, F., (2010). Editorial. Journal of French Language Studies. 20 (02), 103-104

Myles, F., (2010). The development of theories of second language acquisition. Language Teaching. 43 (03), 320-332

Myles, F., (2010). Editorial. Journal of French Language Studies. 20 (02), 103-104

Myles, F., (2010). The development of theories of second language acquisition. Language Teaching. 43 (03), 320-332

Myles, F., (2009). Journal of French Language Studies: Policy on Special Issues. Journal of French Language Studies. 19 (01), 1-1

Myles, FJ. and David, A., (2006). recherche dans le domaine de l'interlangue francaise. Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata. 6 (3), 79-92

Brumfit, C., Myles, F., Mitchell, R., Johnston, B. and Ford, P., (2005). Language study in higher education and the development of criticality1. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 15 (2), 145-168

Myles, F., (2005). Interlanguage corpora and second language acquisition research. Second Language Research. 21 (4), 373-391

Myles, F., (2004). From Data to Theory: the Over-Representation of Linguistic Knowledge in SLA. Transactions of the Philological Society. 102 (2), 139-168

Myles, F. and Mitchell, R., (2004). Using information technology to support empirical SLA research. Journal of Applied Linguistics. 1 (2)

MYLES, F., (2004). French second language acquisition research: setting the scene. Journal of French Language Studies. 14 (3), 211-232

MYLES, F. and TOWELL, R., (2004). Special Issue on: The acquisition of French as a second language. Journal of French Language Studies. 14 (3), 209-209

Myles, F., Mitchell, R. and Hooper, J., (1999). INTERROGATIVE CHUNKS IN FRENCH L2. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. 21 (01)

Myles, F., Hooper, J. and Mitchell, R., (1998). Rote or Rule? Exploring the Role of Formulaic Language in Classroom ForeignLanguage Learning. Language Learning. 48 (3), 323-364

Myles, F., (1995). Interaction between linguistic theory and language processing in SLA. Second Language Research. 11 (3), 235-266

HAWKINS, R. and MYLES, F., (1986). DOES EXPOSURE TO WRITTEN FRENCH IMPROVE STUDENTS' PERFORMANCE IN LISTENING COMPREHENSION AND ORAL PRODUCTION? A PILOT STUDY. French Studies Bulletin. 6 (20), 1-3

Books (5)

Mitchell, R., Myles, F. and Marsden, E., (2013). Second Language Learning Theories. Routledge. 1444163116. 9781444163117

Myles, F., Mitchell, R. and Marsden, E., (2013). Second Language Learning Theories. Third edition. Routledge. 978-1-44-416310-0

Johnston, B., Mitchell, R., Myles, F. and Ford, P., (2011). Developing Student Criticality in Higher Education: Undergraduate Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. Continuum. 9780826441171

Labeau, E. and Myles, F., (2008). The Advanced Learner Variety: The Case of French. Peter Lang. 9783039110728

Roberts, L., Myles, F. and David, A., (2008). EUROSLA (European Second Language Association) Yearbook. John Benjamins. 9789027254580

Book chapters (9)

Myles, F., (2015). Second language acquisition theory and learner corpus research. In: The Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research. 309- 332. 9781139649414

Myles, F., (2013). Theoretical Approaches. In: The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Editors: Herschensohn, J. and Young-Scholten, M., . Cambridge University Press. 46- 70. 9781107007710

Myles, F., (2012). Complexity, accuracy and fluency: The role played by formulaic sequences in early interlanguage development. In: Dimensions of L2 Performance and Proficiency: Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in SLA. Editors: Housen, A., Kuiken, F. and Vedder, I., . John Benjamins. 71- 94. 9789027213051

Ayres-Bennett, W., Beeching, K., Larrivée, P. and Myles, F., (2011). French linguistics research and teaching in UK and Irish HE institutions. In: French Studies in and for the Twenty-First Century. 141- 154. 9781846316692

Myles, F., (2011). Investigating learner language development with electronic longitudinal corpora: Theoretical and methodological issues. In: The Longitudinal Study of Advanced L2 Capacities. 58- 72. 9780203871652

Dominguez, L., Arche, MJ. and Myles, F., (2011). Testing the predictions of the feature-assembly hypothesis: evidence from the L2 acquisition of Spanish aspect morphology. In: BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Editors: Danis, N., Mesh, K. and Sung, H., . Cascadilla Press. 183- 196. 9781574731651

Myles, F., (2010). Building a comprehensive second language acquisition theory. In: Conceptualising 'Learning' in Applied Linguistics. 225- 239. 9780230289772

David, A., Myles, F., Rogers, V. and Rule, S., (2009). Lexical development in instructed L2 learners of French: Is there a relationship with morphosyntactic development?. In: Vocabulary Studies in First and Second Language Acquisition: The Interface Between Theory and Application. 147- 163. 9780230242258

Mitchell, R., Dom�nguez, L., Arche, MJ., Myles, F. and Marsden, E., (2008). SPLLOC: A new database for Spanish second language acquisition research. In: EUROSLA Yearbook. Editors: Roberts, L., Myles, F. and David, A., . John Benjamins. 287- 304

Conferences (2)

Marsden, E., Myles, F., Rule, S. and Mithcell, R., (2003). Using CHILDES tools for researching second language acquisition

Myles, F., (2000). Change and continuity in second language acquisition research

Grants and funding

2017

Learning (through) a foreign language in the Primary classroom

University of Essex

French-English bilinguals' processing of morphosyntactic structures: the case of cross-linguistic transfer

European Commission (H2020)

Contact

fmyles@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872228

Location:

4.131, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Summer term: Wednesdays 12.00-14.00 or by appointment