María Luz Celaya




M. Luz Celaya is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in Applied Linguistics in the English and German Department at the University of Barcelona (UB). She lectures on second language acquisition and on linguistics. Her research interests are crosslinguistic influence, the use of the L1 in the foreign language classroom, the development of written production in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and the age factor, syntactic development in multilingual learners, and pragmatic development in EFL. She is now carrying out research in the use of foreign languages in the workplace, and in teaching innovation.

 She is a full member of the GRAL research team and has coordinated both the Applied Linguistics Ph.D. programme and the Masters programme in “Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts”. She has been a member (and secretary) of the UB Committee for the Evaluation of Teaching and has coordinated a teaching innovation project; she is at present the coordinator of English Studies at her university.


 Recent publications include “The interface between grammar and pragmatics in EFL measurement and development. 2015. European Journal of Applied Linguistics 3, 2, co-authored with J. Barón; and “El gos és a dins del basket”: Lexical CLI in L3 Catalan by L1 English-speaking learners. 2013. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada (RESLA), 26, 409-432, co-authored with M. Ortega.