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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


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


Key publications: 


Forbes, K. & Rutgers, D. (2021). Multilingual identity in education [Introduction to special issue]. The Language Learning Journal. DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2021.1918850


Forbes, K., Evans, M., Fisher, L., Gayton, A., Liu, Y. & Rutgers, D. (2021). Developing a multilingual identity in the languages classroom: the influence of an identity-based pedagogical intervention. The Language Learning Journal. DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2021.1906733.


Li, J., McLellan, R. & Forbes, K. (2021). Investigating EFL teachers’ gender-stereotypical beliefs about learners: a mixed-methods studyCambridge Journal of Education 51(1), 19-44. DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2020.1772720


Forbes, K. (2020). Cross-linguistic transfer of writing strategies: Interactions between foreign language and first language classrooms. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.


Evans, M., Schneider, C., Arnot, M., Fisher, L., Forbes, K., Liu, Y. & Welply, O. (2020). Language development, social integration and academic achievement of EAL students. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Fisher, L., Evans, M., Forbes, K., Gayton, A., Liu, Y. (2020). Participative multilingual identity construction in the languages classroom: A multi-theoretical conceptualisationInternational Journal of Multilingualism 17(4), 448-466. DOI: 10.1080/14790718.2018.1524896 


Forbes, K. & Fisher, L. (2020). Strategy development and cross-linguistic transfer in foreign and first language writingApplied Linguistics Review, 11(2), 311-339. DOI:


Forbes, K. (2019). The role of individual differences in the development and transfer of writing strategies between foreign and first language classrooms. Research Papers in Education, 34(4), 445-464. DOI: 10.1080/02671522.2018.1452963


Forbes, K. (2019). Teaching for transfer between first and foreign language classroom contexts: Developing a framework for a strategy-based, cross-curricular approach to writing pedagogy. Writing & Pedagogy, 11(1), 101-126.

Teaching and Supervisions


Faculty of Education

  • Postgraduate
    • MPhil/MEd Research in Second Language Education (RSLE) course
    • PGCE-MEd Research Methods (Course Coordinator)
    • Secondary PGCE (Modern Languages)
    • PhD supervision
  • Undergraduate
    • Language, Communications and Literacies (Paper Coordinator)
    • Research and Investigation project supervisor 
Associate Professor in Second Language Education
Departments and institutes: 
Dr Karen  Forbes

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