In today’s globalized world, English has become the lingua franca for international communication, and intercultural competences and a thorough understanding of diversity have become of vital importance. The research profile of English Language and Linguistics is centred on English as a second language and English language education.
Firstly, our research group studies the consequences of the use of English as a second language for individuals and for society at large, and secondly, aims to apply the insights gained from research to English language education. Our main goals are to improve the linguistic development of English learners by improving their language awareness, and to design an appropriate, up-to-date curriculum for English language teaching in the 21st century.
The group consists of experts in language variation and language change, grammatical theories, global English, written and spoken language, and translation. The group cooperates closely with specialists in English in the Netherlands, second language learning, language testing, teacher education at the VU and the English Literature research group. The group also advises on English language policy.