Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)

  • United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Investigating communication, discourse and culture and their impact on language education

The Centre draws on over two decades of research into language education, and focuses on the following major areas:


  • First and second language learning and teaching, particularly in relation to classroom-based research, immigrant and workplace-related education
  • Language teacher education
  • European languages and cultures, including English
  • English as a global language 
  • Language contact, regionally and internationally
  • Language education for professional and intercultural communication in organisations, language teaching, and translation and interpreting 

The key goal of CLERA is to promote collaboration among researchers in these areas of Aston’s School of Languages and Social Sciences, and to establish international research networks and partnerships.

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    Research Output

    Colonialism and Diaspora in Imperial Germany

    Manz, S., 21 Jul 2020, The Discourse of British and German Colonialism: Convergence and Competition. Rash, F. & Horan, G. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Counter-propaganda and Spy Fever: Germans in Washington, DC, during the First World War

    Manz, S. & Benbow, M., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of American Ethnic History. 40, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    "El poder de los sentidos en El señor Liberto y los pequeños placeres (Ana Serret, 2017): representaciones de la subjetividad e identidad en las personas con alzhéimer."

    Translated title of the contribution: The power of senses in Mr Liberto and the small pleasures (Ana Serret, 2017): representations of personhood and identity in people living with Alzhéimer.Medina, R., 28 May 2020, In : Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies. 2, 1, p. 51-68

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Student theses

    A genre-based approach to speaking in EFL

    Author: Wilkins, S., 2019

    Supervisor: Clark, U. I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Analysis of English-German Patient Information Leaflets. Are translation lay-friendly and comprehensible for laypeople? A mixed-method study

    Author: Scheck, L., Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Castro, O. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Arts (by Research)

    An Investigation of three Kurdish Translations of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End, by Peter Galbraith (2006)

    Author: Orman, K., Sep 2014

    Supervisor: Castro, O. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Arts (by Research)


    NATE Award for Research

    Giovanelli, Marcello (Recipient), 21 Jun 2019

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Back for the future of the Cor[us de francais parle a Bruxelles

    Labeau, Emmanuelle (Recipient), Oct 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Scientific Committee Membership

    Raquel Medina (Recipient)

    19 Mar 202020 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

    “Derecho a una muerte digna u obligación a morir: Envejecimiento, género y violencia”

    Raquel Medina (Speaker)

    5 Mar 20208 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    CinemAGEnder: How Hispanic Cinemas Visualize Sexuality and Memory in Old Age

    Raquel Medina (Speaker)

    4 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Representations of ageing

    Raquel Medina


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Olga Castro: "Na mudanza da RAG o xogo das cadeiras é fundamental"

    Olga Castro


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    Olga Castro: "Ser membro correspondente da RAG é un premio a moitos anos de traballo"

    Olga Castro


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other