Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

We are world-leading experts in Applied Linguistics, focusing in particular on Second Language Acquisition. Our research employs text-based and behavioural methods to address real-world issues.

We have pioneered corpus-based, phraseological approaches to the study of language, and new approaches to the teaching of English for Academic Purposes, academic literacy, and the use of literature in the language classroom.

  • Advertising, branding and communications
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Figurative language acquisition and cognitive linguistic approaches to language teaching
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Health and social care
  • Second language learning and teaching
  • Learner corpora
  • Sign language acquisition

Dr Suganthi John

Dr Suganthi John

Reader in English Language
Deputy Director of Education (Digital Education & Widening Participation), CAL

Dr Petar Milin

Dr Petar Milin

Senior Lecturer in the Psychology of Language and Language Learning

Dr Paul Thompson

Dr Paul Thompson

Reader in Applied Corpus Linguistics
Deputy Director, Centre for Corpus Research