SELC is a research center established in 2010 at the University of Southern Denmark. The center’s research area is second language (L2) acquisition and use by both children and adults. The center covers two main research dimensions: (1) basic research into the acquisition and use of foreign languages in different contexts and settings, such as classrooms, companies, service encounters, and everyday activities; and (2) applied research into foreign language pedagogy, and research-based L2 curriculum development.

SELC aims to contribute to an emerging paradigm in SLA research which combines cognitive linguistics and studies of language usage, promoting an empirically based understanding of second language learning as usage-driven and usage-formed. The research undertaken in SELC builds on both naturally occurring and elicited data of second language learning. SELC uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in both longitudinal and cross-sectional projects.

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