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ELT research database

This section provides a database of UK ELT research carried out between 2005 and 2012.

ELT Research

The British Council Directory of UK ELT Research was conceived in pursuit of three main aims:

  • To disseminate and share information generally in the area of UK-based ELT research;
  • To promote interchange amongst researchers in the UK and other countries;
  • To publicise and make research available to the broader constituency of ELT professionals worldwide.

Definition of parameters and actual data collection for the first phase of the project (2005-08 research) were carried out during the first half of 2009 by Richard Smith with Shelagh Rixon, Seongsook Choi and Duncan Hunter, University of Warwick, in liaison with John Knagg of the British Council. The second phase of data collection and compilation (for 2009-10 research) was carried out in the first half of 2011, by a team led by Richard Smith and consisting of Seongsook Choi, Stuart Reid (project manager), Gosia Sky and Duncan Hunter. The third phase (for 2011-12 research) was carried out in 2012 by Richard Smith, Seonsook Choi, Imogen Liggins and Gosia Sky.

Definition of 'UK ELT Research'
The following definitions of terms were developed by the project team and shared with participating institutions, who then inputted details of their own research:

For the purposes of this exercise, we took the primary meaning of ‘research’ to be original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding. However, the term also includes scholarship, for example in forms such as dictionaries, research databases and reviews of the ‘state of the art’ in areas relevant to ELT. 

ELT Research
‘ELT research’ was defined as referring to any research whose data and/or findings relate directly to the teaching, learning or assessment of English as a Foreign, Second or Additional Language in the UK or any other context.

UK Research 
‘UK Research’ refers to research undertaken by a member of staff or associate of a bona fide educational institution with a base in the UK.  The actual research may have taken place anywhere in the world, not necessarily in the UK.

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The following departments, organisations or institutions all contributed to the Directory of UK ELT Research: 

Aston University (School of Languages and Social Sciences)

Bangor University (School of Linguistics and English Language)

Birkbeck College, University of London (Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication)

Cambridge English Language Assessment - University of Cambridge

Canterbury Christ Church University (Department of English and Language Studies)

Cardiff University (School of English, Communication and Philosophy)

Coventry University

De Montfort University (Centre for Intercultural Research on Communication and Learning) 

Durham University (Language Centre)

Goldsmiths, University of London (Centre for Language, Culture and Learning)

Heriot-Watt University (School of Management and Languages)

Institute of Education, London (Department of Culture, Communication and Media)

King’s College London (School of Education, Communication and Society)

Kingston University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Lancaster University (Linguistics and English Language)

Leeds Beckett University

London Metropolitan University (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities)

London South Bank University (Student Services/Skills for Learning)

Middlesex University (Learner Development Unit)

Newcastle University (School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences)

Newcastle University (School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics)

North West Academy of English

Nottingham Trent University (School of Arts and Humanities)

The Open University (Faculty of Education and Languages)

Oxford Brookes International

Oxford Brookes University (School of Education)

Queen Mary, University of London (Language and Learning Unit)

Queen’s University, Belfast (School of Education)

Schellekens Consultancy

University of Bath (Department of Education)

University of Bedfordshire (Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment)

University of Birmingham (English Language and Applied Linguistics (ELAL)

University of Birmingham (School of Education)

University of Brighton (School of Humanities)

University of Bristol (Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS)

University of Bristol (Graduate School of Education)

University of Cambridge (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics)

University of Central Lancashire (School of Language, Literature and International Studies)

University College Plymouth St Mark & St John (Centre for International Language Teacher Education)

University of East London (Cass School of Education)

University of Edinburgh (English Language Teaching Centre)

University of Edinburgh (School of Education)

University of Essex (Department of Language and Linguistics)

University of Exeter (School of Education and Lifelong Learning)

University of Glasgow (Department of Language and Literature, School of Education) 

University of Leeds (Department of Linguistics and Phonetics)

University of Leeds (School of Education)

University of Leeds (The Language Centre)

University of Leicester (School of Education)

University of Liverpool (School of English)

University of Manchester (School of Education)

University of Northumbria (Department of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences)

University of Nottingham (School of Education)

University of Nottingham (School of English Studies)

University of Oxford (Department of Education)

University of Oxford (Language Centre)

University of Reading (Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics)

University of Reading (Institute of Education)

University of Reading (International Study and Language Centre)

University of Salford (School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences)

University of Sheffield (School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics)

University of Southampton (Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities)

University of Stirling (School of Education)

University of Sussex (Sussex Centre for Language Studies)

University of Ulster (School of Education)

University of Warwick (Centre for Applied Linguistics)

University of West of England (Department of English, Linguistics and Communication)

University of Westminster (Centre for English Learning and Teaching)

University of York (Department of Educational Studies)

York St John University (Languages and Linguistics)