Dr Clare Wright
ultilingual acquisition/education, bilingual family language practices, individual differences, comparing speaking and writing development with particular interest in Mandarin, French, Arabic, Italian and English
Prof Theo Marinis
Theo is an expert on how language develops in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual children across different languages and communities including children who have language impairment, for example Specific Language Impairment and Autism. He has worked with the Greek, Indian, Nepalese, Polish, and Turkish communities in the the UK.
Dr Xiao Lan
Prof Jason Rothman
Jason is an expert in minority (heritage) language bilingual development in childhood and outcomes in adulthood; multilingual language acquisition in adulthood; child and adult second language acquisition of grammar & how bilingualism shapes/changes the mind (processing) and brain structure.
Prof Jeanine Treffers-Daller
Jeanine is interested in how children and adults learn words and in how we can assess the quality of spoken and written language. She currently works on vocabulary knowledge of foreign language learners, bilinguals and learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL learners).
Dr Jorge González Alonso
Jorge studies how people learn and use their first, second and third languages, focusing on how the languages we already speak influence the way we acquire a new one.
Dr Chiara Ciarlo
First and second language acquisition with a focus on syntax, bilingualism and language variation, and language learning and teaching with expertise in teaching Italian as a foreign language
Dr Fraibet Aveledo
Second language acquisition, bilingual language development, especially acquisition of grammar and semantics; effects on non-linguistic cognition with particular interest in Spanish, Mandarin
Dr Naomi Flynn
Naomi’s research focusses on how teachers can adapt their practice for EAL learners. This has included publishing of online guidance for teaching EAL. Naomi invites interest from teachers, schools and local authorities to build research partnerships exploring EAL teaching and learning.
Denny Berndt M.A.
Denny researches how people
acquire a second or third language to the highest possible proficiency in various environments focussing on processing, cognition with first language influence with particular interest in German, English and Spanish.
Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli
Parvaneh has been researching second language performance and acquisition among learners of English over the past 15 years. She is interested in the effects of task design on language acquisition and language performance in general and on speech fluency in particular. Parvaneh’s research has brought together classroom teaching experiences, language assessment practices and second language acquisition.