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Department of Linguistics

Professor Phil Benson

Phil Benson joined Macquarie University as Professor of Applied Linguistics in 2014 after more than 20 years as an academic in Hong Kong. His background is in TESOL and he has taught English in Japan, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Kuwait and Algeria.

Research Interests

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

Autonomy in language teaching and learning: How to do it 'here'. This public domain article is in the public domain and can be freely downloaded and distributed. It summarises many of the key ideas in my published work on autonomy in language learning and teaching.

Bibliography on autonomy. This bibliography of more than 2,000 items on autonomy in learning is also in the public domain.

Publications

Books

Barkhuizen, G., Benson, P., and Chik, A. (2014). Narrative inquiry in language teaching and learning research. New York: Routledge.

Benson, P., Barkhuizen, G., Bodycott, P., and Brown, J. (2013). Second language identity in narratives of study abroad. London: Palgrave.

Benson, P. (2011). Teaching and researching autonomy. Second edition.London: Pearson.

Edited books and journal issues

Benson, P., and Chik, A. (Eds.) (2014). Popular culture, pedagogy and teacher education: International perspectives. London: Routledge.

Benson, P., and Cooker, L. (Eds.) (2013). The Applied linguistic individual: Social approaches to identity agency and autonomy. London: Equinox.

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Huang, J., and Benson, P. (2013). Special issue on autonomy in foreign and second language education. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, 36 (1).
Benson, P., and Reinders, H. (Eds.) (2011). Beyond the language classroom. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Koh, A., and Benson, P. (Eds.) (2011). Popular culture and education: Exploring new frontiers in curriculum and pedagogies. Special section of Pedagogies: An International Journal, 6 (2).(50%)

Journal articles

Benson, P. (2013). Learner autonomy (Symposium on Digital literacies, globalization and language learning). TESOL Quarterly 47 (4), 839-843.

Huang, J., and Benson, P. (2013). Autonomy, agency and identity in foreign and second language education. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, 36 (1), 7-28.

Benson, P., and Ying, D. (2013). Peer Teaching as a Pedagogical Strategy for Autonomy in Teacher Education. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, 36 (1), 50-68.

Benson, P. (2013). English and identity in East Asian Popular Music. Popular Music 32 (1), 23-33.

Benson, P. (2012). Learning to teach across borders: Mainland Chinese student English teachers in Hong Kong schools. Language Teaching Research, 16 (4), 483-499.

Benson, P. (2012). Autonomy in language learning, learning, and life. Synergies-France, 9, 29-39.

Gao, X., and Benson, P. (2012). 'Unruly pupils' in pre-service English language teachers' teaching practicum experiences. Journal of Education for Teaching, 38 (2), 127-40.

Benson, P., Barkhuizen, G., Bodycott, P., and Brown, J. (2012). Study abroad and the development of second language identities. Applied Linguistics Review, 3 (1), 173-193.(25%)

Benson, P., and Chik, A. (2011). Towards a more naturalistic CALL: Video-gaming and language learning. International Journal of Computer-assisted Language Learning. 1 (3), 1-13 (50%)

 Benson, P. (2011). Language learning careers as an object of narrative research in TESOL. TESOL Quarterly, 45 (3), 545-553.

Benson, P., and Chan, N. (2010). TESOL after YouTube: Fansubbing and informal language learning. Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 7 (2), 1-23. (50%).

Koh, A., and Benson, P. (2011). Exploring pedagogies in the popular culture and education nexus. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 6 (2), 123-129 (50%).

Benson, P. (2010). Teacher education and teacher autonomy: Creating spaces for experimentation in secondary school English language teaching. Language Teaching Research, 14 (3), 259-275.

Book chapters

Benson P., and Chik, A. (2014). Popular culture in formal and informal education. In P. Benson, and A. Chik (Eds.), Popular culture, pedagogy and teacher education: International perspectives (pp. 1-8). London: Routledge.

Benson P. (2014). Popular culture as pedagogy: How it teaches and how we learn. In P. Benson, and A. Chik (Eds.), Popular culture, pedagogy and teacher education: International perspectives (pp. 11-25). London: Routledge.

Benson, P. (2013). Narrative writing as method: Second language identity development in study abroad. In G. Barkhuizen (Ed.), Narrative research in applied linguistics (pp. 244-263). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Benson, P., and Cooker, L. (2013). The social and the individual in applied linguistics research. In P. Benson and L. Cooker (Eds.), The applied linguistic individual: Sociocultural approaches to autonomy, agency and identity (pp 1-16). London: Equinox.

Benson, P., and Cooker, L. (2013). The Applied Linguistics individual: Gaining perspective. In P. Benson and L. Cooker (Eds.), The applied linguistic individual: Sociocultural approaches to autonomy, agency and identity (pp 178-186). London: Equinox.

Benson, P. (2013). Drifting in and out of view: Autonomy and the social individual. In P. Benson and L. Cooker (Eds.), The applied linguistic individual: Sociocultural approaches to autonomy, agency and identity  (pp 75-89). London: Equinox.

Benson, P. (2013). Qualitative methods. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.) The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Benson, P. (2012). Individual difference and context in study abroad. In W. M. Chan, K. N. Chin, S. K. Bhatt, and I. Walker (eds.), Perspectives on individual characteristics and foreign language education. (pp. 221-238). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Benson, P. (2012). Learner-centred teaching. In A. Burns and J. Richards (Eds.), The Cambridge guide to pedagogy and practice in second language teaching (pp. 30-37). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Benson, P. (2011). Language teaching and learning beyond the classroom: An introduction to the field. In P. Benson and H. Reinders (Eds.) Beyond the language classroom (pp. 7-16). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Benson, P., and Chik, A. (2011). English as an 'alternative language in Hong Kong popular music. In J. Lee & A. Moody (Eds.), English in popular culture in Asia (pp. 15-34). Hong Kong University Press. (50%)

Benson, P., and Chik, A. (2010). New literacies and autonomy in foreign language learning. In M. J. Luzón, M. N. Ruiz and M. L. Villanueva (Eds.), Digital genres, new literacies and autonomy in language learning (pp. 63-80). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (50%)

 Benson, P. (2010). Measuring autonomy: should we put our ability to the test? In A. Paran, et al. (Eds.), Testing the untestable in language teaching and learning (pp. 77-97). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

 


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