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Dr Karen Forbes

Teaching and learning of Modern Foreign Languages; Language learning strategies; EAL in UK schools; Multilingualism and identity; Community language education
Dr Karen Forbes

Lecturer in Second Language Education

Office Phone: 01223 767603

Departments and Institutes

Faculty of Education:
University Lecturer

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning of Modern Foreign Languages
  • Language learning strategies
  • English as an additional language in UK schools
  • Multilingualism and identity
  • Community language education


  • Second language education
  • Bilingualism
  • Language teaching
  • Multilingualism
  • Education

Key Publications

Forbes, K. (forthcoming). "In German I have to think about it more than I do in English": The foreign language classroom as a key context for developing transferable metacognitive writing strategies. In Å. Haukås, C. Bjørke & M. Dypedahl (Eds.), Metacognition in Language Learning and Teaching. Routledge.

Liu, Y., Fisher, L., Forbes, K. & Evans, M. (2017). The knowledge base of teaching in linguistically diverse contexts: 10 grounded principles of multilingual classroom pedagogy for EAL. Language and Intercultural Communication. DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2017.1368136   

Evans, M., Schneider, C., Arnot, M., Fisher, L., Forbes, K., Hu, M. & Liu, Y. (2016). Language development and school achievement: opportunities and challenges in the education of EAL students. Cambridge: Bell Foundation 

Forbes, K. and Fisher, L. (2015). The impact of expanding advanced level secondary school students' awareness and use of metacognitive learning strategies on confidence and proficiency in foreign language speaking skills. The Language Learning Journal. DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2015.1010448