Dr Karen Ludke

Senior Lecturer in English Language and International Co-ordinator

Department of English, History & Creative Writing


As a Senior Lecturer in English Language, my main teaching interests are first and second language learning, bilingualism and psycholinguistics. I teach on some of the first-year English Language modules and I am the module leader for the level 5 module on first language development, as well as level 6 modules on psycholinguistics and bilingualism.

My research and publications focus on the inclusion of the arts to support language learning, particularly through musical activities and singing. My published work describes experimental studies designed to teach words and phrases in a new language, including through the comparison of three ‘listen-and-repeat’ learning conditions: speaking, rhythmic speaking and singing. In addition, I have developed pedagogical resources and articles for teachers about the European Music Portfolio: A Creative Way into Languages project.

I am also the International Co-ordinator for English students within the department and I am happy to speak to students who are considering ERASMUS+ study abroad opportunities.

I am interested to hear proposals from potential MRes. and PhD students interested in conducting interdisciplinary research, particularly projects that combine language learning with the arts and music.


  • PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2010
  • MScRes, University of Edinburgh, 2006
  • BA in English and French, University of Michigan, 2002


  • Child language development
  • Foreign and second language education and bilingualism
  • Integrating music and singing into the language curriculum
  • Teacher education and knowledge exchange
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology of music


Current teaching as module leader for:

  • LNG1020 Language, Mind & Communication
  • LNG2139 Child Language Development
  • LNG3133 Psycholinguistics


LUDKE, K.M., 2016. Singing and arts activities in support of foreign language learning: An exploratory study. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. DOI 10.1080/17501229.2016.1253700

LUDKE, K.M., (in revision). Music in the foreign language classroom: A survey of teachers’ opinions and practice.

COHEN, A.J. & LUDKE, K.M., 2016. Digital libraries for singing: The example of the AIRS project. In: Graham, W.Howard, D. M. and Nix, J. (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Singing. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199660773 DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199660773.001.0001

DUNLOP, A.-W.FRAME, K.GOODIER, J.MILES, C.RENTON, K.SMALL, M.ADIE, J. and LUDKE, K. 2016. ‘Sustaining the Ambition’: The contribution of GTCS-registered teachers as part of the Early Learning and Childcare Workforce in Scotland. Project Report. Educational Institute of Scotland.

LUDKE, K.M., FERREIRA, F. & OVERY, K., 2014. Singing can facilitate foreign language learning. Memory & Cognition, 42 (1), pp. 41-52. Available from: http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13421-013-0342-5.

AKHTAR, G.L., LUDKE, K.M. & MORAN, N., 2013. Integrated Music and Language Learning: The European Music Portfolio – A Creative Way into Languages. National Association of Music Educators, pp. 22-25.

LUDKE, K.M. & WEINMANN, H. (Eds.), 2012. The European Music Portfolio – A Creative Way into Languages: Teacher’s Handbook, pp. 1-57.

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