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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. (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.

Fisher, L., Evans, M., Forbes, K., Gayton, A., Liu, Y. (2018). Participative multilingual identity construction in the languages classroom: A multi-theoretical conceptualisationInternational Journal of Multilingualism. DOI: 10.1080/14790718.2018.1524896 

Forbes, K. & Fisher, L. (2018). [pdf] Strategy development and cross-linguistic transfer in foreign and first language writingApplied Linguistics Review. DOI:

Forbes, K. (2018). "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.

Forbes, K. (2018). 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. (2018). [pdf] Exploring first year undergraduate students’ conceptualisations of critical thinking skillsInternational Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(3), 433-442.

Evans, M., Fisher, L., Forbes, K., Liu, Y. (2018). The form and functions of newcomer EAL pupils' speech in English: patterns of progression and communication in semi-structured interview dialogue. Language and Education.DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2018.1445756

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). [pdf] 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

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 
Senior Lecturer in Second Language Education
Departments and institutes: 
Dr Karen  Forbes

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