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Dr. Lorna Carson

Assistant Professor in Applied Linguisti (C.L.C.S.)

Dr Lorna Carson is Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics and Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. She was elected a Fellow of the College in 2015. Her research interests include multilingualism, language and immigration, language learning, curriculum and test design. She is author of "Multilingualism in Europe" (Peter Lang, 2005, 2nd edition), "The Motivational Role of Goal-Setting" (LAP, 2012), and co-editor of "Language Learner Autonomy: Policy, Curriculum, Classroom" (Peter Lang, 2010). Her funded research on multilingualism and language curriculum design has included investigations of elite multilinguals (European Cultural Foundation), third cycle learners (Japan Foundation, Korea Foundation), refugees (IRCHSS) and indigenous language learners (International Council for Canadian Studies), as well as research and development activities on innovation in language curricula and assessment derived from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio. She is the founding director of Trinity College's English for Academic Purposes programme (now the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching) as well as the university's Japanese, Korean and Chinese Studies programmes. She was a guest editor of a special issue (4.2) of the journal of Language Learning in Higher Education (LLHE) on East Asia and language learning along with Dr Heath Rose. She is the President of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL).
  Autonomy in Language Learning   Curriculum Development   Language and Immigration in Ireland   Language Policy   Motivation   Multilingualism
 Jean Monnet Network, European Identity, Culture, Exchanges and Multilingualism
 LUCIDE | Languages in Urban Contexts - Integration and Diversity for Europe
 Investigating the Korean multilingual landscape.
 Multilingualism in Northern British Columbia: People, Place and Belonging
 Multilingual Cities Project

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President, Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) 2014
Assistant Editor, Journal of Language Learning in Higher Education (LLHE) 2014
Guest Editor (with Heath Rose) of Language Learning in Higher Education. Special Issue on East Asian languages in Higher Education. 2014
The Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea, Fellowship Program June/July 2013
Invited visiting scholar, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada (Department of Anthropology) Sept/Oct 2012
External Examiner, Foreign Language Electives, Applied Languages Centre, University College Dublin 2011-2014
Invited visiting professor, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russian Federation May 2012
Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL), Member of the National Executive Committee. 2009
Committee member, AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy in Language Learning (ReNLA) 2012-2015
IRAAL representative, AILA-Europe network (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée/International Association of Applied Linguistics) 2011
Advisory Board, European Journal of Applied Linguistics 2012
Co-editor, International Journal of Language Studies 2011
Manuscript reviewer for Multilingual Matters, Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, the International Journal of Bilingualism, the Journal of Language, Culture and Curriculum, Language Learning in Higher Education. Book endorsement, Routledge
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
Korean Basic Basic Basic
Spanish Medium Basic Basic
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Irish Association for Applied Linguistics
Conseil Européen pour les Langues/European Language Council
CercleS (Confédération Européenne des Centres de Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur)
AILA & AILA-Europe
Irish Federation of University Teachers
Association of University Language Centres
McMonagle, Sarah & Carson, Lorna, Language Diversity in Dublin: Challenging the Monolingual Habitus?, Urban Fragmentations: Borders & Identity III, Berlin, Humboldt University, 16-19 March, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Carson, Lorna, Perceptions of monolingualism and multilingualism, INSOLICO'12, the 12th International Conference in Sociolinguistics of the International Sociolinguistic Society in Sofia, ISOLISO, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria, 5 & 6 June 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
An exploration of the roles of English in societal and individual multilingualism in Korea in, editor(s)Bertoni, Roberto , EurKorea 2013: European Perspectives of Korea, Turin, Trauben, 2014, pp2 - 25, [Carson, L.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
McMonagle, S. & Carson, L., Language diversity in Dublin: In search of a prefix, Paper presented at the 3rd LINEE+ Conference: Linguistic and cultural diversity in space and time, Dubrovnik, 28-30 April, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Carson, L., English and internationalization in the context of university language centres, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of University Language Centres in the UK and Ireland, University College Dublin, 9-10 January, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Understanding and develping plurilingual resources for the multilingual classroom, Seminar to mark International Mother Tongue Day, Drumcondra Education Centre, 13 February, 2014, ELSTA, English Language Support Teachers' Association, Notes: [], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Language Learning in Higher Education, 4, 2, (2014), 257 - 505p, Carson, Lorna & Heath Rose, [Guest Editors], Special Issue, Journal, PUBLISHED
Rose, Heath & Lorna Carson, Focus on East Asia: Language learning and teaching, Language Learning in Higher Education, 4, (2), 2014, p257 - 270, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gibbes, M. & Carson, L., Project-based language learning: An activity theory analysis, Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 8, (2), 2014, p171 - 189, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Carson, L., McMonagle, S. & Murphy, D., Multilingualism in Dublin: LUCIDE City Report, London, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014, Notes: [Migration, multilingualism, multiculturalism], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Carson, L., Keynote lecture. Ordinary Multilingualism: Exploring the interface between the language classroom and life beyond the classroom., German Teachers' Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Deutschlernen fürs Leben, nicht nur für die Schule, Trinity College Dublin, 15 November, 2014, Gesellschaft der Deutschlehrer Irlands, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Applied Linguistics in Ireland: A changing landscape , Report delivered at the XXIX AESLA Conference, AILA-Europe panel, University of Salamanca, Spain, May, 2011, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Invited plenary address: The role of drama in task-based learning, "Plot me no plots": Theatre in university language teaching, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy, 14-15 October, 2011, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Keynote address, Learner autonomy and its 'benefits' for ESOL students, National Adult Literacy Agency ESOL Conference, All Hallows College, Dublin, 9 June, 2011, NALA, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Multilingualism in Dublin, IRAAL Public Lecture in partnership with Dublin City Council Office for Integration, Pearse Street Library, 9 May, 2011, IRAAL/Dublin City Council, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carson, L. (2010), Invited keynote address: Language Learner Autonomy, International conference "From Teaching to Learning: Current Trends in English Language Teaching, South East European University, Macedonia, April, 2010, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Sadlier, L., Grehan, C., Invited talk, Language learning, teaching and assessment: A brief insight into the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Centre for Deaf Studies Public Talk Series, Trinity College Dublin, 10 December, 2009, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Invited talk, The CEFR and the ELP in an Institution-Wide Language Programme, University College Dublin, Applied Language Centre, May, 2009, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carson, L., Invited plenary lecture, French Teachers' Association of Ireland National Conference, All Hallows College Dublin, October, 2008, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Coghe, Jean-Noël. , Rory Gallagher, Cork, Mercier (Translated from the original French by Lorna Carson and Brian Steer), 2002, Book, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Fellow of Trinity College 2015
Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme 2014
The Academy of Korean Studies, funded Visiting Fellowship 2013
Korea Foundation, Grant for the Employment of Teaching Staff in Korean Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences 2013/14
Korea Foundation, Grant for the Employment of Teaching Staff in Korean Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences 2012/13
Japan Foundation, Grant Program for Japanese-language Education Activities awarded to CLCS Language Modules 2012/13, 2013/14
International Council for Canadian Studies, Faculty Research Program 2012
Trinity College Dublin, Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund 2012
IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar 2003-2006
Ussher Scholar, Trinity College Dublin 2002
British Government College of Europe Scholarship 1999
French Government Bronze Medal, Department of French, Trinity College Dublin 1998
Ireland Fund of France Award (Chryss O'Reilly Endowment for Cultural Development) 1997
My research focuses on multilingualism and language learning. I mostly employ qualitative methods in my work to understand the features and contexts of individual and societal multilingualism, and to investigate successful individual language learning and programme provision in European and East Asian contexts. Given the centrality of language to human identity, interaction and social activity, multilingualism encompasses a broad spectrum of cultural, political and social norms. The key themes in my research include: . Formal language learning provision and the language classroom (policy and pedagogy) . Tools for successful language programme specification and delivery, including the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference, the European Language Portfolio . Assessment and certification in second/foreign language development . Provision of and participation in language learning throughout the lifespan (home languages, minority, heritage, second/foreign, etc.).