Hélène Stengers

Professor of Applied Linguistics

Professors Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics (BIAL)
  • Current position Professor of Applied Linguistics
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Applied Linguistics
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Room 315
    Pleinlaan 5
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 2 629 10 78
  • E-mail
  • Website research.vub.ac.be

Helene Stengers is professor in Spanish proficiency, Translation and Interpreting at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she obtained her PhD in 2009. Her research interests lie in applied comparative linguistics (especially English and Spanish), cognitive linguistics, phraseology and Foreign Language acquisition (mainly vocabulary acquisition) from a multilingual and intercultural perspective with a view to optimalize Foreign Langage pedagogy, as well as translation and interpreter training. She is the current coordinator of the Brussels Institute for Applied Linguistics.

Key publications:

Boers F. and Stengers H. (2008), ‘Adding sound to the picture: An exercise in motivating the lexical composition of metaphorical idioms’, In: Cameron L., Zanotto M. and Cavalcanti M. (eds.), Confronting Metaphor in Use: An Applied Linguistic Approach, 63-78. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Stengers H., Housen A. and Eyckmans J. (2008) Assessing the pedagogical effectiveness of a phrase-learning programme beyond EFL, Proceedings of the 33rd International LAUD Symposium, 809-814. Essen: LAUD Linguistic Agency
Stengers H., Boers F. and Housen A. (2011) Formulaic sequences and L2 oral proficiency: Does the type of target language influence the association?,International Review of Applied Linguistics Linguistics 49 (4), 321-343.
Stengers, H., Deconinck J., Boers F.  and Eyckmans J. (2014) Does copying idioms promote their recall? CALL Journal. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09588221.2014.937723