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Research in English Language and Applied Linguistics – University of Reading

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    98% of our research overall in Modern Languages and Linguistics was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.

Research in English Language and Applied Linguistics

Our research brings a breadth of applied linguistic expertise to explore the use and learning of English as a first and second language, and into how the multilingual mind works in context. We focus on 4 main themes, using a wide range of cutting-edge methodologies. Click for more information on staff research interests.

  • Language analysis, acquisition and bi/multilingualism
  • Academic literacies and language pedagogies
  • Language in use 
  • Impact on language users and policies

Laptop and notepad - horizontalWe also contribute via strong links to other areas of linguistic research within and beyond the university through the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, including the Institute of Education, CLS, ISLI, MLES.

Our PhD students are engaged in a wide variety of PhD research projects .

We are currently recruiting PhD students interested in issues related to our four themes and specifically to multilingualism and academic attainment in Malaysia, China and India.  

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

We are delighted to report that research by colleagues in the department contributed to excellent results in several REF units. Work was submitted to Education, which was ranked 18th nationally with 80% of outputs judged to be 'internationally excellent'; to Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, ranked 15th in the UK based on global research power with more than 30% of research outputs rated as world leading; and to Modern Languages, ranked 4th among for Research Impact with 65% of research outputs graded as 'internationally excellent'.

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