Ben Naismith

  • 2021 Mellon Fellow

Research Interest Summary

Second Language Acquisition, Lexical richness, Learner corpora, TESOL

Research Interests

Ben is originally from Victoria, Canada and has been involved in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) since 2002, primarily as a teacher and teacher trainer. The aim of Ben’s research is to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners in this field to promote evidence-based practices. To this end, Ben’s research interests relate to the lexical development of adult EFL learners, teacher pedagogy, second language acquisition, and learner corpora. Currently, Ben is exploring these areas as a member of the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute Data Mining Group (, an interdisciplinary group that analyzes the data of the Pitt English Language Institute Corpus (PELIC).

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