Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU)

Leader: Professor Leah Roberts

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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Research themes





What types of learning talk are engaged in by students in whole-class teaching?

This talk focuses on the types of talk engaged in by students and the ways in which teachers trained in a dialogic teaching approach allowed students to participate in the whole-class teaching.


Automated speaking assessment: What do measures of utterance fluency tell us about linguistic knowledge and processing?

This talk will present and discuss the implications of the findings for automated speaking assessment with a focus on implications for the interpretation of the scores generated by such tests.

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Inaugural lectures: Emma Marsden and Sophie von Stumm

Posted on Thursday 2 May 2019

We're celebrating Emma and Sophie's recent professorships on Wednesday 19 June.

Congratulations to our CReLLU PhD students

Posted on Tuesday 30 April 2019

Our Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU) student, Najihah Mahmud defended her PhD theses and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

New £2.7m Centre for Excellence to boost modern foreign language skills

Posted on Thursday 10 January 2019

The Department of Education has been awarded government funding to launch England’s first modern foreign languages (MFL) centre for excellence.

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50 Years of Education at York: Academic Conference and Workshop

View presentations from CReLLU's guest speakers