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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Applied linguistics
  • Multilingualism
  • English in a multilingual society
  • Community and indigenous languages
  • Language learning environments
  • Narrative inquiry and qualitative methods



Phil is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Multilingualism Research Centre, which is located in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences and Faculty of Arts. His current research is in the areas of English and community languages in multilingual cities. He is also researching language learning environments and informal language learning beyond the classroom. He is co-editor of Multilingual Sydney (Routledge, 2019), author of Teaching and Researching Autonomy in Language Learning (Pearson, 2011) and has co-edited several collections of papers on autonomy and out-of-class learning. He is currently writing a book entitled Language learning environments: Spatial perspectives on second language acquisition, to be published in 2020.

Phil is expert in the use of a range of qualitative research methods. He is especially interested in narrative inquiry as an approach to research on language learning beyond the classroom and is co-author of Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research (Routledge. 2013), the first applied linguistics research manual on narrative inquiry methods. 


Research student supervision

Phil supervises Master of Research and PhD students with an interest in his research areas and a willingness to experiment with qualitative and narrative methods.

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Research Outputs

Commentary: digital language and learning in the time of coronavirus

Chik, A. & Benson, P., 16 Sep 2020, In : Linguistics and Education. 100873.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinion

  • Open Access
  • Linguistic shift and heritage language retention in Australia

    Forrest, J., Benson, P. & Siciliano, F., 2020, Handbook of the changing world language map. Brunn, S. D. & Kehrein, R. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, Vol. 2. p. 1069-1086 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Snapshots of multilingualism in Hong Kong popular music

    Benson, P. & Chik, A., 2020, Made in Hong Kong: studies in popular music. Fung, A. & Chik, A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 147-156 10 p. (Routledge global popular music series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Autonomy and its role in English language learning: practice and research

    Palfreyman, D. M. & Benson, P., 2019, Second handbook of English language teaching. Gao, X. (ed.). 2nd ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 661-681 22 p. (Springer international handbooks of education).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Press / Media


    International students’ experience of racism: A City of Ryde report

    Adele Garnier (Participant), Alice Chik (Participant), Michael Chang (Participant), Phil Benson (Participant)

    Impact: Culture impacts, Society impacts