The research profile of the department of English Language and Linguistics lies in the area of English as a second language and English language teaching. In the current globalised world, English is the leading language for international communication. Intercultural skills and a good understanding of diversity become increasingly important. The department explores (1) the impact of the use of English as a second language on mankind and societies, and (2) seeks to apply insights from linguistic research in English language teaching. The aim is to advance and facilitate language development through fostering ‘language awareness’ amongst English language learners, and to design adequate and up-to-date curricula for English language users in the 21st century. The department has expertise in language variation and change, grammatical linguistic theories, global English, and written and spoken language and translation. The department collaborates closely with specialists in the fields of English in the Netherlands, second language acquisition, language testing, the VU college for teacher training and the department of English Literature at the VU (transnationalism, multimodality). The department also advises on English language policy.
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