Dr Michael Evans

Subject: Second-language education

Department/institution: Faculty of Education

Contact details: mje1000@hermes.cam.ac.uk


Research interests:

Michael Evans specialises in second- and foreign-language education. His recent research and writings have focused on the relationship between identity and additional language learning. He is co-investigator of the education strand of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded interdisciplinary study Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies. This work examines the link between linguistic profiles, self-perceptions and performance in additional language learning in schools. It also includes the implementation of an intervention programme in secondary schools using an identity-oriented pedagogy aimed at enhancing language learning through enhanced multilingual identity awareness. Dr Evans also specialises in research on language and social integration of newcomer bilingual students through projects funded by the Bell Foundation, which has informed policy on support for students with English as an additional language in England.


Select publications:

  • M Evans and Y Liu, ‘The Unfamiliar and the Indeterminate: Language, Identity and Social Integration in the School Experience of Newly Arrived Migrant Children in England’, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, (forthcoming)
  • Y Liu; L Fisher; K Forbes; and M Evans, ‘The Knowledge Base of Teaching in Linguistically Diverse Contexts. Ten Grounded Principles of Multilingual Classroom Pedagogy for EAL’, Language and Intercultural Communication, (2017)
  • D Rutgers and M Evans, ‘Bilingual Education and L3 Learning: Metalinguistic Advantage or Not?’, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 20:17 (2017), 788-806
  • M Evans; C Schneider; M Arnot; L Fisher; K Forbes; M Hu; and Y Liu, ‘Language Development and School Achievement: Opportunities and Challenges in the Education of EAL Students, The Bell Foundation (2016)