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1990 …2021

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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 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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Research Outputs

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

  • 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

  • Investigating test preparation practices: reducing risks

    Chappell, P., Yates, L. & Benson, P., Mar 2019, Australia: British Council, Cambridge Assessment English and IDP:IELTS Australia. 49 p. (IELTS Research Reports Online Series; vol. 3)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Multilingual Sydney

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

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology

  • 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.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Press / Media