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.

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Why linguistics is central to Alzheimer’s research

Posted on Tuesday 19 May 2015

This Public Research Seminar is being hosted by the Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use and Research Centre for Social Sciences, Thursday 28 May 2015, 4.00pm

‘Beyond the Word: Lexical Processing, Acquisition and Use in a Second Language’:

Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2015

This workshop, hosted by the Centre for Research in Language and Learning Use (CReLLU), on 7 May 2015, brought together researchers from linguistics, psychology and second language research, and examined what a more inclusive, and complex, conception of the mental lexicon means for learning, processing and use in a first and second language.

Departmental PhD awarded to Beth Bailey

Posted on Thursday 6 November 2014

Harnessing the potential of home languages in the primary classroom

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How we map thoughts into words in different languages

Investigating the nature of categories and concepts in language, in non-linguistic perception and cognition, and the relationship between them.


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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50 Years of Education at York: Academic Conference and Workshop

View presentations from CReLLU's guest speakers