publications

On 31st March 2022, TES reported on research by Julia Snell (School of English) and her colleague Ian Cushing (Edgehill University) which exposes the role of the school’s inspectorate, Ofsted, as institutional language police. Julia and Ian systematically searched inspection reports of primary and secondary schools and found a huge number of reports where the inspectorate criticise teachers…
This double-length article reports on a multifaceted investigation of the environmental and cognitive predictors of proficiency in English as the school language, in a diverse group of 5- to 7-year-old heritage speakers of a variety of other languages. It adopts a data-driven approach to compare the informativity of alternative predictors (e.g., current vs. cumulative language…
With our great pleasure, we would like to inform you that the new issue for the Language Scholar journal has been just published and ready to read from the link below. https://languagescholar.leeds.ac.uk/ This is another special issue after we published Issue 6 on Arabic language teaching in May, and the current issue showcases the work…
LCS Postgraduate Researcher Sophiko Daraselia has published two new corpus-based dictionaries: a Georgian-Abkhazian-English Frequency Dictionary and Georgian-Ossetian-English Frequency Dictionary. The work has been carried out in collaboration with the State Language Department of Georgia. The dictionaries include 3,500 entries representing the most frequently used modern Georgian words translated into Abkhazian, Ossetian and English languages. The…
The Language Scholar is an open access and peer-reviewed journal hosted by the Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds. Its main objective is to provide a platform to promote the scholarship of learning and teaching languages. In the first government-backed assessment of higher education teaching quality…
This book examines key issues in theories of what language is and what happens in the mind during second language acquisition. Chapters provide cutting-edge insights and new empirical findings spanning formal and cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics and second language development, to understand the role of learner-internal factors in SLA. Editors: Clare Wright is Lecturer in Linguistics…