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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


I specialise in research in second language education, with particular interests in foreign language learning (French and Spanish) in the secondary sector. Related fields of interest include Multilingual identity and language learning, English as an additional language, bilingual and cross-cultural pupil discourse analysis, language learner codeswitching, the use of ICT in language learning, the effect of study abroad on L2 proficiency, the politics of second language education.


Key publications: 

Evans, M. and Liu, Y. (forthcoming) The unfamiliar and the indeterminate: Language, identity and social integration in the school experience of newly-arrived migrant children in England. Journal of Language, Identity & Education.

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

Evans, M. (2012) The sociolinguistics of schooling: the relevance of Derrida's Monolingualism of the Other or The Prosthesis of Origin in Esch, E. and Solly, M. (eds.) The Sociolinguistics of Language Education in International Contexts. (Berne: Peter Lang)

Evans, M. (with Fisher, L.) (2012) Emergent communities of practice: secondary schools' interaction with primary school foreign language teaching and learning, Language Learning Journal. DOI:10.1080/09571736.2011.567357

Evans, M. (with Fisher, L.) (2010) Translating policy into practice: the impact of the KS3 Framework for MFL on language teaching and learning in schools. Research Papers in Education, 25 (4), 479 - 493.

Evans, M. (with Fisher, L.) (2009) Language Learning at Key Stage 3: The Impact of the Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Languages Framework and changes to the curriculum on provision and practice. Final report. DCSF.

Evans, M. (Ed.) (2009) Foreign Language Learning with Digital Technology. London: Continuum.

Reader in Second Language Education
Departments and institutes: 
Dr Michael  Evans

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