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

Language and Online Identities The Undercover Policing of Internet Sexual Crime.

Grant, T. D. & MacLeod, N., Mar 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 218 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


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)


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)


Terry Furlong Award for Research

Marcello Giovanelli (Recipient), 21 Jun 2019

Prize: National/international honour


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

Emmanuelle Labeau (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2000 2019

Videoeinsatz im DaF-Unterricht

Claudia Gremler (Speaker)
5 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Das multimediale Werk von Herbert Achternbusch

Uwe Schütte (Participant)
8 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Deutsche Schuld und skandinavische Gnade – das Norwegenbild im deutschen Gegenwartsfilm.

Claudia Gremler (Speaker)
8 Nov 20199 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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