We are fortunate to have a wide range of expertise and experience on the iRead project team. In a series of blog posts we will introduce each of our partners and find out what motivated them to get involved in the iRead project. Next up is the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics (introduced by Dr Andrea Révész, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics).
Introducing UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics
The Centre for Applied Linguistics has as its mission to promote the UCL Institute of Education as a centre of international excellence in research and teaching in applied linguistics. The Centre aims to:
- seek external funding for high-quality research and consultancy in the broad field of applied linguistics, including bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition, intercultural communication, and language-in-education policy and practice, and undertake such research
- foreground the work in these areas through high status publications as well as through conferences and seminars
- develop research networks and partnerships with research teams nationally and internationally
- build networks of interest across UCL and develop synergies between adjacent areas and forms of research
- liaise with other research centres across UCL which also have an interest in language and education
- provide strategic leadership, expertise and support to those working in the area of applied linguistics and languages in education
- provide research input into the teaching programmes and doctoral supervision in areas of applied linguistics and languages in education.
Our iRead team
I hold a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. My main research interests lie in the area of second language acquisition (SLA), in particular, the roles of tasks, input, interaction, and individual differences in instructed SLA. I am additionally interested in the cognitive processes underlying second language performance. My work regularly appears in journals such as the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics, Language Learning, The Modern Language Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and TESOL Quarterly. I also contribute to edited collections with chapters addressing issues on second language pedagogy, SLA, task-based language teaching (TBLT), and applied linguistics research methods.
We believe that the iRead project provides us with an opportunity to help develop a tool that will foster the language development of children who are learning English as a foreign language. In particular, by working with applied linguists from Greece, Romania, Spain, and Sweden, we hope to create an exciting infrastructure that will facilitate EFL’s learners reading skills as well as their knowledge of L2 vocabulary and morphosyntax.