Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU)

Leader: Professor Leah Roberts  Deputy Leader: Dr Emma Marsden

The Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU) undertakes fundamental research on language learning, applied research to understand and improve second language education, and research on the teaching and learning of English and other languages.

Focus on

Departmental PhD awarded to Beth Bailey

Posted on Thursday 6 November 2014

Harnessing the potential of home languages in the primary classroom

EUROSLA annual conference takes place in York

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

More than 260 international language experts met at York for the 24th annual conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA).

Dr Zoe Handley, to receive VC’s Teaching Award

Posted on Wednesday 7 May 2014

Dr Handley was nominated by colleagues due to excellent student feedback on her work and her efforts to enhance the quality of research methods provision.

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Why linguistics is central to Alzheimer’s research

Public Research Seminar Hosted by the Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use and Research Centre for Social Sciences


Oral Language Fluency Development in Study Abroad: What are we measuring and what is it.

Amanda Huensch is Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida, USA. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The role of cognitive factors in context: Behavioral and neurocognitive investigations of second language acquisition

I will present results from behavioral and neurocognitive investigations of the role that cognitive factors play in the acquisition of second languages in different contexts.


The aim of the CReLLU is to lead cutting edge interdisciplinary research relating to language learning, language use and language in education. Research encompasses foreign, second, bilingual and first language acquisition and the relations between them.

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Research themes




50 Years of Education at York: Academic Conference and Workshop

View presentations from CReLLU's guest speakers