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.


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

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CReLLU hosts Bilingual First Language Acquisition BAAL/Routledge seminar

Posted on Thursday 14 December 2017

Dr Fatma Said and Dr Ursula Lanvers, held a two-day research development workshop on Bilingual First Language Acquisition on 4 and 5 December 2017.

High quality classroom talk raises educational standards

Posted on Friday 7 July 2017

Dialogic teaching intervention improves the quality of classroom talk and boosts primary pupils’ maths, science and English results

Congratulations to our PhD student Zhiai Liu

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Zhiai has successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

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