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Dr Dana Gablasova


Dana Gablasova

County South



Tel: +44 1524 593285

Research overview

My research interests are related to three main areas:

  • Use of corpus linguistics in language learning & teaching: design and use of learner corpora, spoken learner corpora, development of corpus-based teaching materials, corpus-based learning and teaching 
  • Vocabulary & lexical learning: vocabulary acquisition and use, comparison of voabulary learning in L1 and L2, academic vocabulary acquisition, vocabulary learning in content-based programs (e.g. in CLIL, bilingual education), phraseology, formulaic language and collocations
  • Language learning in bilingual education: combining content and language learning, English for specific and academic purposes

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas and their combinations: vocabulary learning in L1 and L2; L2 spoken production; corpus linguistics; English for academic purposes; English for specific purposes; bilingual education and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL); research using the Trinity Lancaster Corpus of spoken L2 English; using corpora in language learning and teaching.


I am a member of the ESRC Centre for Approaches to Corpus Linguistics and the Department of Linguistics and English Language. 

I received my PhD from The University of Auckland (New Zealand). My research focused on learning of specialised vocabulary through L1 and L2 from expository reading by advanced L2 users. The study brought findings relevant to the areas of vocabulary acquisition research (in first and second language), bilingual education and assessment of L2-medium educated students.

My current research is still concerned with vocabulary learning, especially with corpus apprroaches so vocabulary. My most recent research in this area concerns the study of formulaic langauge (collocations) in spoken and written production of L1 and L2 users.  I also co-developed a New General Service List with Vaclav Brezina. This is a list of core English vocabulary and contains the most frequent 2500 words of the English language. It can serve as an alternative to Michael West’s GSL from the 1950s. The full list is available from Applied Linguistics in the open access mode from this link: http://applij.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/08/25/applin.amt018.abstract

At present I am also involved in the development of a spoken learner corpus (the Trinity Lancaster Spoken Corpus) that will give researchers and teachers access to a large electronic database of spoken production of English users from a variety of L1 backgrounds. At present, the corpus contains more than 3.5 million words. The corpus is an excellent resource for anyone interested in L2 spoken production. This research project combines the theory and methodology from the fields of corpus linguistics, second language acquisition and language testing. The corpus will made freely available to the researcher community in 2018 (more about the project at http://cass.lancs.ac.uk).

Current Teaching

I regularly teach on the following module:

  • LING 428 Using corpora in language  teaching



MA in English Linguistics and Political Science (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
PhD in Linguistics (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

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