CRAL
Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics
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About CRAL

CRAL is a dynamic research centre dedicated to the study of language in a wide range of authentic contexts.

Recent research projects have investigated language in medical settings, English language teaching and business environments. CRAL staff have supervised in excess of 100 PhDs, generated over 350 international research publications, and have presented keynote and plenary speeches in more than 20 countries across the globe.

 

Overview

CRAL research interests include:

  • Corpus-based language enquiry
  • Multi-modality and corpus linguistics
  • Health communication
  • Professional communication
  • Discourse analysis
  • Vocabulary studies
  • Bilingualism
  • Psychological aspects of language acquisition and use
  • Interfaces of language and literature
  • Second language pedagogy

Recently published

P. STOCKWELL and S. WHITELEY, eds., 2014. The Handbook of Stylistics. Cambridge University Press.

Conferences

International Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisition, August 2014

The Internationcal Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisiton is part of a large-scale research project that examines the applicability of complex dynamic systems theory to the understanding of the nature and role of motivational dynamics in second language acquisition.

A secondary aim of the conference is to create an opportunity for the international research community specialised in L2 motivation to come together at a dedicated meeting and form closer professional and personal ties in order to facilitate future developments in the field.

More information regarding registration and the conference programme, please see the Internationcal Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisiton website.

 

ICAME35 Conference on Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture

The ICAME 35 Conference on Corpus Linguisitcs, Context and Culture was hosted by CRAL in April 2014, with an opening talk by Ronald Carter. Keynote speakers were Beatrix Busse, Susan Hunston, Tony McEnery, Ute Römer and Wolfgang Teubert. For more information and videos please see the ICAME 35 conference website.
 

Open educational resources

MOOC: ‘How to read your boss’, October 2014

Dr. Mullany’s MOOC: ‘How to read your boss’ will run from 27th October to 7th November, via the University of Nottingham’s FutureLearn platform. The MOOC is based on the Linguistic Profiling Research Group.

You can also follow updates on the MOOC via the Twitter hashtag #FLreadyourboss.

 

MOOC: ‘How to read a mind’, March 2014

The course ‘How to read a mind ’ offered an introduction to what has come to be known as cognitive poetics. Find out more about fictional minds in the video trailer below:

‘How to read a mind’ was the first in a series of ‘how to read’ courses which will be presented by applied linguists, discourse analysts and literary critics at The University of Nottingham.

 

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Collaborative partners

Events

GP Training Workshop: Insider's Guide to the CSA: Language and Communication - Thursday 12 May

GP Training Workshop: Insider's Guide to the CSA: Language and Communication - Thursday 12 May
Date
12/05/2016
Location:
NG7 2RD, Nottingham, Room A35, Trent Building, University Park Campus
Description
This practical workshop gives an inside look at what it's like to take the MRCGP Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), with video clips and evidence-based recommendations, all derived from research on the exam.

BAAL Vocab SIG Annual Conference 2016

BAAL Vocab SIG Annual Conference 2016
Date
07 - 08/07/2016
Location:
University of Nottingham Park Campus
Description
Call for Papers: The aim of this conference is to bring together vocabulary researchers from a variety of backgrounds who are interested in the study of vocabulary from different perspectives. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to foster fruitful discussions about the present and future of vocabulary studies.

GP Training Workshop: Insider's Guide to the CSA: Language and Communication - Wednesday 13 July

GP Training Workshop: Insider's Guide to the CSA: Language and Communication - Wednesday 13 July
Date
13/07/2016
Location:
NG7 2RD, Nottingham, Room A35, Trent Building, University Park Campus
Description
This practical workshop gives an inside look at what it's like to take the MRCGP Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), with video clips and evidence-based recommendations, all derived from research on the exam.

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News

Business partnership category: winner and runners up

Business partnership category: winner and runners up
Description
The Guardian University Awards 2016: Nottingham University makes runner-up for Business partnership category.
Date:
18/03/2016

University award nomination for connecting businesses with the Arts

University award nomination for connecting businesses with the Arts
Description
The University of Nottingham has been nominated for a Guardian University Award for an innovative project which uses expertise and insights from Arts academics to help businesses look at their issues in a different way.
Date:
14/03/2016

What happens when you have to recall Mars bars from across 55-countries

What happens when you have to recall Mars bars from across 55-countries
Description
Confectioner Mars has ordered a huge recall of fun size Mars, Snickers and Milky Way bars after a customer discovered a small piece of plastic in a Snickers bar in Germany. The plastic was traced back to a faulty machine in a factory in the Netherlands and the recall was made across 55 countries.
Date:
09/03/2016

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Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham
NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: cral@nottingham.ac.uk