Personal profile


Phil's main research interests lie in applied linguistics and, especially, in informal language learning beyond the classroom in multilingual settings. He is the author of Teaching and Researching Autonomy in Language Learning (Pearson, 2011) and has co-edited several collections of papers ion autonomy and out-of-class learning. His interest in language learning beyond the classroom has recently led to research on multilingual lives and identities, study abroad and international students, and the roles of popular culture and new digital media in language learning.

He has expertise 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. 

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

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 1999 2017

Research agenda: Language learning beyond the classroom

Reinders, H. & Benson, P. 1 Oct 2017 In : Language Teaching. 50, 4, p. 561-578 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

The discourse of YouTube: multimodal text in a global context

Benson, P. 2017 New York: Routledge. 133 p. (Routledge studies in multimodality; vol. 15)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

Communities of Practice in Study Abroad: a four-year study of an Indonesian student's experience in Japan

Umino, T. & Benson, P. 2016 In : Modern Language Journal. 100, 4, p. 757-774 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Language learning beyond the classroom

Benson, P. 1 Jan 2016 In : ELT Journal. 70, 1, p. 110-113 4 p., ccv061

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review