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Language in and for Education (LifE) Research Group

We research the role of language in knowledge, education, power, ideology, identity and society, and the teaching and learning of languages.

What is the LifE Research Group?

We focus on the roles language and technology play in diverse educational contexts.

We draw on an array of theories, methodologies and analytical frameworks for studying language, education and their interrelatedness including quantitative, corpus-based, qualitative, participatory, arts-based, digital, critical, intersectional, and discourse approaches.

Our strong research-practice link is shown in our national and international professional development involvement.

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Our research themes

Our research covers areas like:

  • Language and its relationship to knowledge, power, ideology, identity and society
  • Learning and teaching languages, corpus-based pedagogy
  • Language learning motivation
  • Language and learning: Interdisciplinary approaches to language in education (applied linguistics, policy analysis, comparative education, language supportive and critical pedagogies)
  • Disciplinary literacy
  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
  • Teacher cognition and professional development
  • English Medium Education
  • Intercultural communication and learning
  • Computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Technology-enhanced education (TEL)
  • Ecolinguistics and Ecoliteracy
  • Discourse Analysis, Corpus-based analysis, Genre Analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Conversation Analysis
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Our people and research

Find out more about our members and their research activity.

Study with us

Our research informs the content of multiple courses at Bath.

Alongside delivering dedicated units that focus directly on language education and the role of language, our members offer research-based teaching. This spans a number of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses, including:

Our MA TESOL students’ dissertations have featured among the esteemed British Council’s ELT Masters Dissertation Award and one of them was selected as the winner in 2020/21.

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About us

Our Research Group is part of the Department of Education.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our research, please contact us.