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Applied Linguistics and Literacies Research Group

Our world-leading research on language and social media, professional and academic literacies, English as an international language, English for academic purposes, language and poverty, language and gender, media discourse, language and creativity, health discourse, language assessment and multilingualism and translanguaging paves the way for new understandings of how to navigate our professional, civic and personal lives in an increasingly interconnected world, and the role of language and communication within it.

Recent decades have seen profound changes in the social, political, technological and economic makeup of contemporary societies. Researchers within the Applied Linguistics and Literacies Research Group work to understand the nature of such changes, how they are mediated through language and communication, and with what consequences.

We use a range of socially oriented approaches, including critical literacies, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, narratives and ethnography to address questions such as:

  • How do new social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook shape public debate and personal communication?
  • In what ways are language and literacy practices shaped by the institutions in which they are practices?
  • What are the social, cultural, political and economic drivers of the English language spreading across the world?

Our researchers collaborate with professionals and practitioners in a wide range of domains to ensure that our research has a positive impact on society. We work to shape policy and practice and to recommend good practice in education, professional contexts and everyday life.