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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language Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
translator Social Sciences
teacher Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences
book review Social Sciences
speaking Social Sciences

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Research Output 1993 2021

From theoretical to pedagogical grammar: The challenges of writing a textbook on cognitive grammar

Giovanelli, M. & Harrison, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) New Directions in Cognitive Grammar and Style. Giovanelli, M., Harrison, C. & Nuttall, L. (eds.). Bloomsbury, (Advances in Stylistics).

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

Pedagogical Grammar
Cognitive Grammar
Ronald W. Langacker

Siegfried Sassoon, autofiction and style: Retelling the experience of war

Giovanelli, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Narrative Retellings: Stylistic Approaches. Lambrou, M. (ed.). Bloomsbury, (Advances in Stylistics).

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


Affect and Belonging in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film. Crossroads Visions, Jesse Barker (2017)

Medina, R., 1 Mar 2019, 16, 1, p. 128-129

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

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)


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

Emmanuelle Labeau (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2014

Stefan Manz (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2000 2019

International Journal of Iberian Studies (Journal)

Raquel Medina (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Ageing, Illness, Care in Cultural and Literary Narrative

Raquel Medina (Speaker)
5 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Gendering Alzheimer's Disease: Mothers, Daughters and Sisters

Raquel Medina (Speaker)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk