Phil Benson

Professor

  • 743 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
1990 …2019
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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

 

Biography

Phil is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Faculty of Human Sciences Multilingualism Research Centre. 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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Projects 2014 2019

Research Outputs 1990 2019

Multicultural but increasingly monolingual? Linguistic shift and heritage language retention in Australia

Forrest, J. & Benson, P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Handbook of the changing world language map. Brunn, S. & Kehrein, R. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer

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Multilingual Sydney

Chik, A. (ed.), Benson, P. (ed.) & Moloney, R. (ed.), 2019, London ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 240 p.

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multilingualism
large city
community
expertise
inclusion

Multilingual Sydney: a city report

Benson, P. & Hatoss, A., 2019, Multilingual Sydney. Chik, A., Benson, P. & Moloney, R. (eds.). London ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 13-25 13 p.

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Reflections on multilingual Sydney in a multilingual world

Heugh, K. & Benson, P., 2019, Multilingual Sydney. Chik, A., Benson, P. & Moloney, R. (eds.). London ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 228-238 11 p.

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Study abroad in pictures: photographs as data in life-story research

Umino, T. & Benson, P., 2019, Visualising multilingual lives: more than words. Kalaja, P. & Melo-Pfeifer, S. (eds.). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, p. 173-193 21 p. (Psychology of language learning and teaching; no. 2).

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studies abroad
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