Personal Academic Website: https://blogs.uab.cat/elisabetpladevallcv

Research Area

Second Language Acquisition in bilingual immersion and instructed classroom contexts; CLIL in primary, secondary and tertiary education; individual differences in foreign language learning; young language learners.

Doctoral Supervision

I would be happy to supervise students interested in any area of Second Language Acquisition and more specifically in the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language in immersion, CLIL and minimal input contexts.

Research Activities

  • 2014-present: Main researcher of the SGR research group EFLIC (English as a Foreign Language in Instructed Contexts) (2017SGR752).
  • 2015-2017: Researcher in the funded project FFI2014-54179-C2-1-P La apropiaciĂłn del inglĂ©s como lengua global en la escuela catalana: Un acercamiento multilingĂĽe, situado y comparativo (APINGLO-CAT) // The appropriation of English as a global language in Catalan schools: A multilingual, situated and comparative approach. Principal Investigator: Eva CodĂł Olsina.
  • 2011-201: Main researcher in the funded research project FFI2010-19997 Los Efectos del Aprendizaje de Contenidos Curriculares y Lenguas Extranjeras (AICLE) en la AdquisiciĂłn y Desarrollo del InglĂ©s. Un Estudio Longitudinal.

Representative Publications

  • Alfonso, C. and Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2020). Effects of focus on form on primary CLIL students’ foreign language performance in task-based oral interaction. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, 8(1), 53-79.
  • Costa, F., & Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2020). Introduction to the Special Issue: Learners’ outcomes and effective strategies in early second language learning. [Special Issue]. E-JournALL, EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, 7(1), 1-10. doi: 10.21283/2376905X.11.202
  • Milán-Maillo, I. and Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2019). Explicit Plurilingualism in Co-taught CLIL Instruction: Rethinking L1 Use. In M.J. GutiĂ©rrez-Mangado, M. MartĂ­nez-Adrián, F. Gallardo del Puerto (eds.) Cross-Linguistic Influence: From Empirical Evidence to Classroom Practice (pp. 191-213). Berlin: Springer.
  • Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2019). A longitudinal study of primary school EFL learning motivation in CLIL and non-CLIL settings. Language Teaching Research 23(6), 765-786. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168818765877
  • Costa, F. and Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2018). Language teachers’ perspectives on the CLIL experience in Catalan and Lombard secondary schools. Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata, (Special issue The language of content/the content of language), 73-96.
  • Pladevall-Ballester, E. and Vraciu, A. (2017) Exploring early EFL: L1 Use in Oral Narratives by CLIL and non-CLIL Primary School Learners. In M. P. GarcĂ­a-Mayo (ed.) Learning Foreign Languages in Primary School:Research Insights (pp. 124-148). Multilingual Matters.
  • Pladevall Ballester, E. (2016) Developmental asynchrony in the acquisition of subject properties in child L2 English and Spanish. Language Acquisition, 23(4): 387-406.
  • Pladevall-Ballester, E. and Vallbona A. (2016) CLIL in minimal input contexts: a longitudinal study of primary school learners’ receptive skills. System, 58: 37-48.
  • Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2016) CLIL subject selection and young learners’ listening and reading comprehension skills. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 26 (1): 52-74
  • Pladevall Ballester, E. (2015) Exploring primary school CLIL perceptions in Catalonia: students’, teachers’ and parents’ opinions and expectations. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 18/1: 45-59.
  • Pladevall Ballester, E. (2015) Verbal and non-verbal teacher immediacy and foreign language anxiety in an EFL university course. Porta Linguarum, 23: 9-24.
  • Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2013) Adult instructed SLA of English subject properties. Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 58 (3): 465-486.
  • Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2012) Child L2 English acquisition of subject properties in an immersion bilingual context. Second Language Research, 28 (2): 217-241.
  • Pladevall-Ballester, E. (2010) Child L2 development of syntactic and discourse properties of Spanish subjects, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 13 (2): 185-216.