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- Applied linguistics
- Australian community languages
- Language learning environments
- Narrative inquiry and qualitative methods
Phil is an Honorary Professor of Applied Linguistics and formerly Director of the Multilingualism Research Centre in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences and Faculty of Arts. His current research focuses on the community languages of Australia, their geographical distribution, and demographic characteristics of their speakers. He is interested in language learning environments and informal language learning beyond the classroom and has recently published the ground-breaking book, Language Learning Environments: Spatial Perspectives on SLA (Multilingual Matters, 2021). 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 language learning.
Phil is an 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 methods.
Having retired in December 2022, Phil continues to conduct research as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Linguistics, but he no longer teaches or supervises higher degree research students.
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1/01/18 → …
Benson, P., Barnes, S., Blythe, J., Burridge, A., Chang, M., Chappell, P., Chik, A., Chu, H. E., Djonov, E., Evans, T., Falloon, G., Forrest, J., Garde, U., Gorfinkel, L., Guo, S., Hanley, J., Keith, S., Kruger, J., Kim, J., Li, P., Moloney, R., Murray, J., Ollerhead, S., Orlando, M., Parr, N., Roger, P., Xu Rattanasone, N., Svetanant, C. & Yates, L.
1/07/19 → 30/06/22
Mapping space, leisure and informal language learning in the lives of international students in AustraliaBenson, P., 2023, Language learning and leisure: informal language learning in the digital age. Toffoli, D., Sockett, G. & Kusyk, M. (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, p. 143-158 16 p. (Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA]; vol. 66).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Schroedler, T., Chik, A. & Benson, P., 11 May 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Multilingual Research Journal. 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Association between the characteristics of out-of-class technology-mediated language experience and L2 vocabulary knowledgeLai, C., Liu, Y., Hu, J., Benson, P. & Lyu, B., 18 Jul 2022, In: Language, Learning and Technology. 26, 1, p. 1-24 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Chik, A. & Benson, P., Apr 2021, In: Linguistics and Education. 62, p. 1-4 4 p., 100873.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/opinionOpen Access
Benson, P., 2021, Bristol, UK ; Blue Ridge Summit: Multilingual Matters. 157 p. (Second language acquisition; vol. 147)
Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review
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