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Languages and literacies

Our researchers carry out field-defining research on the centrality of language, languages and literacy to social and cultural life. Distinctive areas of excellence include professional discourses and practices, academic literacies, global English, multimodal meaning-making, communication and social media, intercultural communication, languages education and technology-enhanced language learning. Methodological innovation (including computer-assisted discourse analysis and eye tracking) is also a feature of this work. The Centre for Literacy and Social Justice is building systemic, collaborative capacity (between teachers, schools and homes) to address inequalities in children’s literacy experiences.



The Applied Linguistics and Literacies Research Group

The Applied Linguistics and Literacies Research Group (ALLRG) paves the way for new understandings of how to navigate professional, educational and personal lives in an increasingly interconnected world, and the role of language and communication within it.

Open Languages Research Group

The Open Languages Research Group (OLRG) focuses on language learning and teaching in a range of contexts. The activity takes place in five main areas: technology-enhanced language learning, language learning, language teaching, intercultural competence, as well as education policy and practice.

Language, Literature and Politics Research Group

The Language, Literature and Politics research group is a cross-faculty initiative, bringing together researchers from the School of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. The aim of the group is to investigate the relationship between language, literature (literary criticism and creative writing) and politics in the widest variety of contexts.