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David Lasagabaster

David Lasagabaster is Full Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). His research revolves around EMI (English-Medium Instruction), CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), attitudes and motivation, second/third language acquisition, and multilingualism. He has published widely in international journals (Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, The Modern Language Journal, Studies in Higher Education, Language Teaching Research, Language and Education, TESOL Quarterly, International Review of Applied Linguistics (IRAL), Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, System, etc.), books and edited books. He was included in the 2022 and 2023 Stanford list of the world’s top-2% most-cited researchers.

He has been a visiting scholar at several universities, such as the Centre for Immersion and Multilingualism (University of Vaasa, Finland), the OISE (University of Toronto, Canada), the University of Nevada, Reno (USA), the School of Languages and Linguistics (the University of Melbourne, Australia), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Utah State University (USA), Graduate Center, the Central University of New York (USA), University of Oxford (UK) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He is “Extraordinary Professor” in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Faculty of Education (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), an appointment aimed at giving recognition to individuals for their proven specialised expertise in their profession and field of study. He is a member of the editorial board of Language Teaching, Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language Awareness, Porta Linguarum, and Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata/Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics. He also serves on the international advisory board of the Routledge Studies in English-Medium Instruction (EMI), a book series that brings together research demonstrating the impact of work from applied and educational linguistics on the phenomenon of EMI. He was responsible (2005-2008) for the “Multilingualism Programme” (EMI and French-medium instruction) of the University of the Basque Country. He was a member of the executive committee of the international Association for Language Awareness from 2008 to 2016. He is currently board member of the ICLHE Spain regional group.

He lectures on multilingualism, language attitudes and motivation at the MA programme Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings ( with access to doctoral studies (PhD), in which he supervises master’s and PhD theses. He is the director of the Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings PhD programme, a doctoral programme accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Distinction of Excellence). He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a project on EMI funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and IP partner of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (Horizon 2020) funded by the European Commission. He has delivered invited and plenary talks in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, several countries in Europe, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan and the USA. He has acted as reviewer for several funding institutions and for more than 30 national and international journals. He was Vice-Dean for International Relations (from 2001 to 2005) and Vice-Rector for International Relations (from 2005 to 2009) at the UPV/EHU.

Research Interests

Bilingualism and multilingualism, language attitudes and motivation, EFL, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), EMI (English-medium Instruction), Internationalisation in Higher Education



Ada Bier, David Lasagabaster. (2024) El fomento del multilingüismo en contextos con lenguas minorizadas. Pub.:UPV/EHU. ISBN: 978-84-9082-654-6.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Aintzane Doiz. (2023) (Guest Editors) The impact of the use of English as medium of instruction on classroom interaction. “Journal of Multilingual Theories and Practices” (Special Issue). Pub.:Equinox. ISBN: 2632-4490 .  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster. (2022) English-medium instruction in higher education. Pub.:Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1-108-82905-2.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Aintzane Doiz, Esther Gómez Lacabex, Marta Kopinska. (2021) Learning history in English: Language-related materials for students. Pub.:Servicio Editorial UPV/EHU. ISBN: 978-84-1319-303-8.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Aintzane Doiz. (2021) (Editors) Language use in English-medium instruction at university: International perspectives on teacher practice. Pub.:Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-367-68178-4.  Abstract || PDF
Aintzane Doiz, David Lasagabaster. (2020) The role of languages in English-Medium Instruction (EMI) at university. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 23 (3) (Special Issue). Pub.:Taylor and Francis. ISBN: .  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Aintzane Doiz. (2016) CLIL experiences in secondary and tertiary education: In search of good practices. Pub.:Peter Lang. ISBN: 978-3-0343-2104-4.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Jon Ander Merino Villar, Maria Antonietta Pinto. (2015) Test de habilidades metalingüísticas para adolescentes y adultos: THAM-3. Pub.:Servicio editorial UPV/EHU. ISBN: 978-84-9082-220-3.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Aintzane Doiz, Juan Manuel Sierra Plo (eds.). (2014) Motivation and Foreign Language Learning: From Theory to Practice. Pub.:John Benjamins. ISBN: 9789027213235.  Abstract || PDF
Aintzane Doiz, David Lasagabaster, Juan Manuel Sierra Plo (eds.). (2013) English-Medium Instruction at Universities: Global Challenges. Pub.:Multilingual Matters. ISBN: 1-85359-980-1.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe. (2010) CLIL in Spain: Implementation, Results and Teacher Training. Pub.:Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishers. ISBN: ISBN (10): 1-4438-1857-7.  Abstract
J. M. Cots, A. Ibarraran, M. Irun, David Lasagabaster, Enric Llurda, Juan Manuel Sierra. (2010) Plurilingüismo e interculturalidad en la escuela: reflexiones y propuestas didácticas. Pub.:Horsori. ISBN: 978-84-96108-57-8.  Abstract
David Lasagabaster, Ángel Huguet (eds.). (2007) Multilingualism in European Bilingual Contexts. Language Use and Attitudes. Pub.:Multilingual Matters. ISBN: 18-535-9929-8.  Abstract || PDF
Amaia Ibarraran, David Lasagabaster, Juan Manuel Sierra. (2007) Inmigración y aprendizaje de lenguas en un contexto bilingüe. Pub.:LETE. ISBN: 84-611-4249-7.  Abstract
Gabriella B . Klein, Sandro Caruana, Koffi Dossou, David Lasagabaster, Galya Mateva, Natasa Pirih Svetina, Johannes Schwitalla. (2007) SPICES Guidelines: A Training Method for Intercultural Communication in Institutional Settings. Pub.:Key & Key Communications. ISBN: 978-88-95887-00-5.  Abstract
David Lasagabaster. (2006) Las lenguas de la diáspora vasca en el Oeste de los Estados Unidos. Pub.:Lete. ISBN: 84-611-1318-7.  Abstract
Jasone Cenoz, David Lasagabaster. (2006) Hizkuntzak ikasten eta erabiltzen (Learning and Using languages). Pub.:University of the Basque Country. ISBN: 84-8373-061-8.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Juan Manuel Sierra Plo (eds.). (2005) Multilingüismo y multiculturalismo en la escuela. Pub.:Horsori. ISBN: 84--96108-20-1.  Abstract
David Lasagabaster, Juan Manuel Sierra Plo (eds.). (2005) Multilingüismo, competencia lingüística y nuevas tecnologías. Pub.:Horsori. ISBN: 84--96108-23-6.  Abstract
David Lasagabaster, Jasone Cenoz (Guest Editors). (2005) Euskararen jabekuntza eskolan. “Bat Soziolinguistika Aldizkaria” (Special Issue).. Pub.:UPV/EHU. ISBN: 1130-8435.  Abstract || PDF
David Lasagabaster, Juan Manuel Sierra Plo (eds.). (2004) La observación como instrumento para la mejora de la enseñanza-aprendizaje de la L2. Pub.:Horsori. ISBN: 84--96108-11-2.  Abstract
David Lasagabaster. (2003) Trilingüismo en la enseñanza. Actitudes hacia la lengua minoritaria, la mayoritaria y la extranjera. Pub.:Milenio Educación. ISBN: 84—9743-099-9.  Abstract
David Lasagabaster, Juan Manuel Sierra Plo (eds.). (2001) Language Awareness in the Foreign Language Classroom. Pub.:University of the Basque Country. ISBN: 84--8373-407-9.  Abstract
David Lasagabaster. (1997) Creatividad y conciencia metalingüística: incidencia en el aprendizaje del inglés como L3. Pub.:University of the Basque Country. ISBN: 84--8373-001-4.  Abstract

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