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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Congratulations to our CReLLU PhD students

Posted on Tuesday 25 June 2019

Our Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU) students, Tasnima Aktar and Qingyang Sun successfully defended their PhD theses and met the requirements for their awards.

Inaugural lectures: Emma Marsden and Sophie von Stumm

Posted on Thursday 6 June 2019

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

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