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Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LLTA)

About LLTA

LLTA [ˈeltə] members are engaged in research on the learning, teaching and assessment of English and other languages that aims to have a positive impact on the language teaching profession, as well as publishers, government, and other stakeholders. Members are interested in historically and contextually situated engagement in/with language learning and teaching research, policy, practice and evaluation in a range of international contexts.

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Recent and future events 2017 & 2018

LLTA events are listed below. For a fuller description of these current events as well as our past events where resources can be accessed, please click here.

Jan 23


LLTA external speaker series

Dr Dario Banegas & Dr Luis Villacanas

Feb 8


Visiting scholar

Dr Hideki Ohno

Feb 22


 LLTA internal speaker series Prof. Tony Liddicoat

Mar 1


LLTA external speaker series

Prof. Glenn Fulcher

Mar 8


LLTA doctoral speaker series

Ms. R. Vennela Rayavarapu

May 9


LLTA external speaker series

Dr Hui Du

Oct 25


LLTA external speaker series

Prof. Andy Kirkpatrick

Nov 29


LLTA doctoral speaker series Ms. Saeede Haghi
Jan 31 2018

LLTA internal speaker series

Dr Ellen Smith-Dennis

Feb 28


LLTA doctoral speaker series

Mr. Sal Consoli

March 07


LLTA external speaker series Dr John Field

Jo G 2016

Conceptual stance

We believe that language learning, teaching and assessment are complex social, cultural, psychological and educational processes, embedded in particular contexts of practice. We take a multidisciplinary approach that meshes broader educational values and cross-cultural concerns with language learning and teaching related research, and draw on a wide range of work in linguistics, applied linguistics, ELT, psychology, education, autonomy theory, cultural studies, discourse analysis and critical pedagogy for the theoretical and analytical frameworks that underpin our research.

Recent publications
Prof Tony Liddicoat


Liddicoat, A.J., (Ed.) (2018). Language Policy and Planning in Universities: Teaching, Research and Administration. New York: Routledge.


Dr Neil Murray


Murray, N. (2018). Language education and dynamic ecologies in world Englishes. In E.L. Low & A. Pakir (eds.), World Englishes: Rethinking paradims. Routledge Studies in World Englishes Series. Routledge.
Dr Troy McConachy


New Book!

McConachy, T. (2018). Developing Intercultural Perspectives on Language Use: Exploring Pragmatics and Culture in Foreign Language Learning. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.


McConachy, T. (2018). Critically engaging with cultural representations in foreign language textbooks. Intercultural Education, 29 (1), 77-88.

Dr Ema Ushioda


Special guest edited issue (Fall 2017) of the Modern Language Journal, 101(3), on ‘Beyond global English: Motivation to learn languages in a multicultural world’.

Dr Richard Smith


History of iateflRixon, S. & Smith, R. 2017. A History of IATEFL: The First 50 Years of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Faversham: IATEFL.

'Histories of Language Learning and Teaching in Europe', Special guest-edited issue of The Language Learning Journal (46/1), edited by Richard Smith and Nicola McLelland. Open Access online (thanks to Arts & Humanities Research Council support)