Date of release: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Professor Alessandro BenatiA major research centre which specialises in language learning and teaching is being launched at the University of Greenwich.

The Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education (CAROLE) will be a focal point for national and international research projects, and for publications about second language acquisition and linguistics. CAROLE has more than eighty Associate Members, who are world-leading scholars in the field of second language learning and teaching.

The launch event takes place on Thursday 2 October, at the Greenwich Campus. Baroness Coussins, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, and an Honorary Fellow and Vice-President of the Institute of Linguists, will officially open the centre.

Alessandro Benati, the university's Professor of Applied Linguistics & Second Language Studies, and a leading expert in the way that people learn a language, is the centre's Director. "CAROLE will significantly improve both the knowledge and practice of learning and teaching modern languages, based on pioneering research," he says. "It will be a home for some exciting new research and enterprise partnerships both in the UK and abroad."

The centre will also be running a range of courses, programmes and lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level, throughout the year, in English (TESOL – Teaching English as a Second Language), Modern Languages, and Second Language Studies. In addition, it will provide British Council-approved English language courses for international students, Foundation programmes and courses for the wider community.

CAROLE, which is part of the Department of Literature, Language & Theatre, within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, will be hosting a series of high-profile events in the coming months

The first of these, a symposium called Second Language In the Brain, takes place on Saturday 4 October, and will be attended by more than 150 academics from a variety of countries. "Five of the top researchers in the world who are studying the brain and the way we learn languages will be speaking, making this an essential event for anyone working in this field," Professor Benati adds.

Speakers at the symposium are Professor Michael Ullman, Georgetown University; Professor Lee Osterhout, University of Washington; Dr Dough Davidson, Basque centre on Cognition, Brain and Language; Professor David W Green, University College London; and Professor Karsten Steinhauser, McGill University, Canada. Professor Judith Burnett, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Greenwich, will be opening the event with a welcome address.

The symposium, run in partnership with the University of Pavia, is a free event. To register:

For more on CAROLE:

To enquire about attending the launch event, which takes place between 4pm and 5.30pm on 2 October, contact

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Picture: Professor Alessandro Benati.