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Dr Clare Wright – University of Reading

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Dr Clare Wright

Clare Wright



Departmental Director of Research; Steering Committee member of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism

Clare convenes the following modules:

  • LS2: Core Issues in ELT
  • LS3LST/LSMTLS: Teaching the Language Skills
  • LSMYL: Teaching Young Learners
  • LSMRSM: Research Methods

Clare currently supervises 6 PhD students


External Examiner: MSc Language Teaching, Edinburgh University; MA Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic), SOAS; Domain Expert for EU funding applications (ISCH, COST Actions)

Areas of Interest

Clare is an expert in multilingual acquisition, with a particular focus on learning processes involved in building grammatical knowledge and oral fluency. Her main research focuses in the area of Second Language Acquisition with a particular focus on development of grammatical accuracy and fluency in L2 English, L2 Mandarin and L2 French. Her research investigates linguistic, cognitive and contextual factors underpinning how language knowledge is acquired and processed, with special interest in how working memory can aid L2 development in and out of the classroom, as featured in TESOL Quarterly and other publications.

Clare also researches issues in improving internationalisation of higher education, looking at student adaptation and academic pedagogy in international study settings. She is currently developing a tool to help teachers boost learners' academic interactional competence in using listening and speaking strategies in EAP classrooms. She is also interested in young learners and EAL in English primary schools, and immigrant learners of English with low-levels of literacy.

Clare is happy to supervise PhD research in topics related to teaching and learning English (or other languages), especially with a cognitive or task-based focus.

Research groups / Centres

Applied Linguistics Research Group; Psycholinguistics Research Group; L2 Fluency Research Group; Language and Literacy Research Group .


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Other publications

  • Whong M, Wright C. (2013) Scope and research methodologies in SLA. In: Herschensohn, J & Young-Scholten, M, (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 71-92.
  • Wright C. (2012) An investigation of working memory effects on oral grammatical accuracy and fluency in producing questions in English. TESOL Quarterly. 47(2): 352-374.
  • Wright, C. (2010). Variation, asymmetry and Working Memory in the process of second language acquisition. In K. Franich, K. Iserman and L. Keil (eds.) Proceedings of 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 468-479.
  • Wright, C. (2009). "I still can't questions": issues affecting EFL development in an immersion environment. Novitas-ROYAL 3 (1): 1-13.


PhD Linguistics (Newcastle University); MA Linguistics and Language Acquisition (Newcastle University); PG CELTA (South Thames College); BA/MA History (Cambridge University).


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