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Dr. Lorna Carson

Associate Professor Applied Linguistics (C.L.C.S.)

Lorna Carson is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. She is the founding Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, a multidisciplinary teaching and research centre which brings together the university's expertise in Japanese, Korean and Chinese Studies. Her teaching and postgraduate supervision include second language curricula, language assessment and multilingualism. Dr Carson's research on language learning addresses issues located at the interface between individual and societal multilingualism, with particular attention to second language learning, language policy, pedagogy and assessment. Her work focuses on urban contexts of mobility and migration in Europe and East Asia. She holds a B.A. (Mod.), M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.A. from the College of Europe, Bruges. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Her publications include "The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict and Change", co-edited with Lid King (2016, Multilingual Matters); "Language Learner Autonomy: Policy, Curriculum, Classroom", co-edited with Breffni O'Rourke (2010, Peter Lang), and "Multilingualism in Europe: A Case Study" (2003, 2005, Peter Lang). She is a former President of IRAAL, the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (2014-2017). She is a member of the Governing Body of Marino Institute of Education.
  Asian Studies   ASSESSMENT   Autonomy in Language Learning   Curriculum Development   Language and Immigration in Ireland   Language Policy   Motivation   Multilingualism   Urban Studies
 Multilingualism and Language Learning: 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community'

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Member of the Governing Body of Marino Institute of Education 2018
President, Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) 2014-2017
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. 2009-2014
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 Since 2012
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
Japanese Basic Basic Basic
Korean Basic Basic Basic
Spanish Medium Basic Basic
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Irish Association for Applied Linguistics
CercleS (Confédération Européenne des Centres de Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur)
AILA - Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée
IFUT - Irish Federation of University Teachers
Lorna Carson, Ning Jiang, Mengqi Zhou and John Egan, Some perspectives of language learners and teachers on the Short Course in Chinese Language and Culture, Dublin, CLCS, Trinity College Dublin for the Post-Primary Languages Initiative, 2019, Report, PUBLISHED
Kwok, Chung Kam & Carson, Lorna, Integrativeness and intended effort in language learning motivation amongst some young adult learners of Japanese, Language Learning in Higher Education, 8, (2), 2018, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Co-Convenor of European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), VIth EALTA CEFR SIG, 27 January, 2018, Trinity Long Room Hub, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Lid King & Lorna Carson, Multilingual Identities: A study of attitudes towards multilingualism in three European Cities, London, The Languages Company, 2017, 1 - 107pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
Multilingualism in the city: The case of Dublin in, editor(s)Lid King & Lorna Carson , Multilingual Identities: A Study of Attitudes to Multilingualism in Three European Cities, London, The Languages Company, 2017, pp36 - 48, [Daniela Modrescu & Lorna Carson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
Conducting longitudinal research among adult refugees in, editor(s)Heath Rose & Jim McKinley , Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, dilemmas, and solutions, Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, 2017, pp114 - 123, [Carson, Lorna], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Carson, Lorna, Improving online language assessment: Using Pecha Kucha to assess spoken production in English, Caracteres. Estodios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital, 6, (2), 2017, p196 - 214, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Carson, Lorna, The E-Lengua Project: Using 'Pecha Kucha' to assess spoken production in English, Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick, 18 November 2017, 2017, Notes: [], Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
King, Lid & Carson, Lorna (eds.), The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict and Change, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2016, 1 - 232pp, Notes: [], Book, PUBLISHED
'Multilingualism is Lived Here' in, editor(s)King, Lid & Carson, Lorna , The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict and Change, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2016, pp1 - 12, [Carson, Lorna & King, Lid], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Carson, Lorna, Plenary Address: Using the tools of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in assessing speaking skills: Theory and methods, XXIII Seminario AICLU, University of Padua, 24-26 May, 2018, Associazione Italiana Centri Linguistici Universitari, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Carson, Lorna, Shifting language policy into the 21st century: How to innovate, diversify and thrive, Joint NUI-UCC Symposium 'Foreign Language Learning and Ireland's 'Languages Connect' Strategy'', University College Cork, 30 Nov, 2018, National University of Ireland, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Carson, Lorna. Invited guest lecture., Motivational goal-setting: How to use the many resources contained within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages., International Symposium "The Future of Foreign Language Education in a Global World: Exploring Motivation and Autonomy, University of Toyama, Japan, 19 February, 2017, Center for International Education and Research, University of Toyama, Notes: [], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Carson, Lorna, Plenary talk: Migration, diversity, and maintaining home languages, Celebrating Multilingualism in Ireland , NUI Galway, 23 April, 2016, Notes: [], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
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


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Fellow of Trinity College 2015
IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postgraduate 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
Japan Foundation, Grant for Intellectual Exchange Conferences 2016
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
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.).