Welcome to CLER

Centre for Language Education Research

CLER is committed to understanding the role of language education in building inclusive, engaged and sustainable communities. We research with people of diverse linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds and practices to make a difference to their lives.

Professor Maggie Kubanyiova, CLER Director  

Language education happens in any setting in which people of diverse linguistic, educational, cultural or social biographies communicate with one another through spoken, written or multimodal interaction. Much of this exchange happens in settings of formal education; in classrooms, schools, higher education institutions, digital platforms or adult education centres in which language instruction is a primary goal. But language education concerns are also relevant outside of formal education, when people learn to negotiate, honour or resolve their differences in their daily lives; in school yards, university residence halls, families, museums, galleries, churches, orchestra rehearsals, cafes, sports halls, village fairs or city markets. CLER is interested in investigating the role of language and its educational consequences for people and communities in all these settings.  

Our work is interdisciplinary (theoretically and methodologically, we draw on disciplines across social sciences and arts & humanities), collaborative (we work with diverse stakeholders in the educational, arts and public sectors), and has a global reach (our research and impact work spans Armenia, Cameroon, China, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and many others).  

Our current research programme focuses on two overarching themes: language and inclusive society and language and engaging pedagogies in linguistically and culturally diverse settings. Find out more about each theme below.  

Language and inclusive society

CLER seeks to understand the role, practices and ethical consequences of language education in building inclusive, socially engaged and sustainable societiesWe draw on extensive global networks to conduct research into accessible educationpublic service provision and outreach work of the cultural and civil society sectors that honour linguistic, cultural and biosocial diversity of communitiesThrough our focus on language, we seek to address challenges of social cohesion, civic engagement and environmental awareness.  Our funded research positions this work in the global arena and at the interface of linguistics, education, sociology, psychology, philosophy, arts, medical humanities and others. Our impact activity informs the development of inclusive pedagogies, practices and policies in relation to language education, language teacher education, public communication, local governance and community outreach.

We welcome inquiries from researchers interested in collaborating with us, prospective research partners in the educational, public, NGO or arts sectors, and prospective PhD researchers.

To find out more about CLER members’ specific research interests and projects, browse our funded research projects, staff and research library pages. 

For more information, contact Prof Maggie Kubanyiova, CLER Director. 

Language and engaging pedagogies in linguistically and culturally diverse settings

CLER studies children’s, young people’s and adults’ interactions, language learning and literacy practices in multilingual societies and across diverse social institutions and contexts of meaning making. Our research informs the development of engaging, critical and inclusive language pedagogies, shapes the language teacher education knowledge base, and influences contemporary discourses and policies on linguistic and cultural diversity, language education, language teacher education, intercultural communication and language assessmentCLER members have been at the forefront of these fields of research in the UK and internationally, through their empirical research and through their contributions to theory building and policyWe work in different research sites nationally and internationally, in primary and secondary schools, in FE and HE institutions, in local neighbourhoods, workplaces, and arts organisations. Our work draws on diverse theoretical and methodological strands of educational linguistics, language pedagogy, language teacher educationcorpus linguistics, linguistic ethnography, cognitive linguistics, multimodal discourse analysis, conversation analysis, research synthesis and quantitative experimental designs 

We welcome inquiries from researchers interested in collaborating with us, prospective research partners in the educational, public, NGO or arts sectors, and prospective PhD researchers. 

To find out more about CLER members’ specific research interests and projects, browse our funded research projectsstaff and research library pages.  

For more information, contact Prof Maggie Kubanyiova, CLER Director. 

Recent Funded Projects

Examples of Impact and Community Engagement

Contact Information

Centre Director: Professor Maggie Kubanyiova

Administrator: Louise Williams-Lewis

Twitter: @CLER_Leeds

Email Address : CLER@leeds.ac.uk

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