Senior lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex
Karen's research interests include explicit and implicit knowledge and processes in instructed second language learning. She investigates issues such as the role of metalinguistic awareness and how it contributes to language development in both children and adults. She is also interested in how individual differences such as language learning aptitude and cognitive style interact with the second language learning process.
Recent projects focus on the foreign language learning of primary-school children with English as an additional language; the impact of explicit knowledge and processes on the long-term language development of an adult learner; and the role of individual differences in cognitive style in university learners’ responses to different types of grammar instruction.