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Research interests

Intercultural pragmatics, language learning in migration, language for the workplace, learning and teaching of spoken English, pronunciation, teacher professional development


I am interested in how adults learn an additional language and exactly what it is that they need to know in order to communicate successfully. This has led me to investigate different aspects of spoken communication, in particular interpersonal pragmatics and pronunciation, from a range of perspectives in an effort to understand what it is that learners need to learn, and therefore what it is that teachers should be teaching. Recent projects have focussed on the communicative needs of internationally trained doctors preparing to practice in Australia. As an applied linguist, I am committed to research projects that have implications for learning and teaching practice.

I also have a strong interest in international education and am currently Associate Dean International for the faculty. 

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Projects 2010 2018

Research Outputs 2002 2019

Factors in language learning after 40: insights from a longitudinal study

Kozar, O. & Yates, L., 26 May 2019, In : IRAL - International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching. 57, 2, p. 181–204 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

longitudinal study
learning success
learning strategy

Investigating test preparation practices: reducing risks

Chappell, P., Yates, L. & Benson, P., Mar 2019, Australia: British Council, Cambridge Assessment English and IDP:IELTS Australia. 49 p. (IELTS Research Reports Online Series; vol. 3)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearchpeer-review

Open Access
country of origin

Migration, multilingualism and learning English in Sydney

Yates, L. & Zielinski, B., 2019, Multilingual Sydney. Chik, A., Benson, P. & Moloney, R. (eds.). London ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 105-116 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Negotiating intercultural experience through English as a foreign language in South Korea

Peck, C. & Yates, L., 2019, In : Language and Intercultural Communication. 19, 1, p. 51-63 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

South Korea
foreign language
intercultural communication
language education

A day in the life: mapping international students’ language learning environments in multilingual Sydney

Benson, P., Chappell, P. & Yates, L., 1 Apr 2018, In : Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics. 1, 1, p. 20-32 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
learning environment
everyday life
studies abroad