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Dr Marije Michel


Marije Michel

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 5 92436

Office Hours:

Weds. 4-5pm but please contact me by mail to confirm time.

Research overview

In my reserach I focus on second language acquisition. I am particularly interested in cognitive processes of memory and attention underlying language learning. I wrote my thesis on task complexity and interaction during task-based L2 performance at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). As a post-doctoral researcher at Mannheim University (Germany) I focused on preschool teachers' language training competences. Currently, I work on projects about the external validation of task complexity, on priming during task-based computer mediated communication, and on the validation of an IELTS writing test. In all those projects I make use of our eye tracking lab.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD theses in the area of second language acquisition. In particular, I would be interested in (psycholinguistic) projects about tasks, priming, learner-learner interaction, and computer mediated communication (CMC) that make use of our lab (eye tracking, E-Prime, InputLog a.s.o.). I may work on the source/target languages German, Dutch, French, Italian.

Research Interests

  • Second language acquisition (SLA)
  • Task-based language teaching (TBLT)
  • Language pedagogy
  • Psycholinguistics

I am the convener of the Second Language Learning and Teaching research group (SLLAT). We meet several times a term for invited talks and discussions of current topics in SLA and L2 pedagogy.

Current Teaching

I am the Director of Studies for our MA Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching where I teach most of my classes but I also teach and supervise regularly for the MA in Language Testing and or other MA programmes.

For example:

  • LING411: Second Language Acquisition
  • LING407: Task-based langauge teaching (also in Hong Kong as LING407d)
  • LiNG408: Instructed Second Language Acquisition
  • LING507: Research Issues in Applied Linguistics
  • LING438: Experimental Appoaches to Language and Cognition

I also teach some lectures in the BA Modules LING103 and LING102 (e.g., on Second Language Acquisition).

Web Links

You may visit my personal website for more information.

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