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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News

Learning a Second Language to Speak a First

Description
Learning a Second Language to Speak a First"Apparently, being a native speaker may not have the benefits you'd think. Spencer Hazel explains why ESL is sometimes more useful than plain old English..."
Date:
26/09/2016

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016
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The University of Nottingham's results for the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) are in. The results are the University's best to date and its strongest year-on-year improvement since the NSS began in 2005. School of English scored 94% for 'overall satisfaction'.
Date:
11/08/2016

Dr Spencer Hazel awarded British Science Association Media Fellowship with The Times

Dr Spencer Hazel awarded British Science Association Media Fellowship with The Times
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Congratulations to Dr Spencer Hazel who has been awarded a Media Fellowship by the British Science Association and is placed with The Times newspaper.
Date:
07/07/2016

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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