Basic Information

Center for Language Research
Associate Professor
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Courses - Undergraduate
Introductory English 2; Introductory English 3; Introductory English 4; High-frequnecy Vocabulary; Vocabulary: Theory and Practice
Courses - Graduate


EFL; ESL; Vocabulary Acquisition; Corpus Linguistics; English For Specific Purposes; Language in Sports; Formulaic Language; Need Analysis; Curriculum Design
Educational Background, Biography
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2020
Current Research Theme
Investigating the lexicon of rugby spoken discourse.
Key Topic
Vocabulary; English for Specific Purposes; Corpus Linguistics; Needs Analysis
Affiliated Academic Society


Sports, especially rugby
School days' Dream
Become a police office or and All Black
Current Dream
Help 2nd language rugby players and coaches overcome the language barrier.
Kia kaha
Favorite Books
'green Mile' by Stephen King
Messages for Students
Don't be shy. Language can really be difficult and being scared to make mistakes is a normal feeling. But if you don't try, you wont succeed.
Publications other than one's areas of specialization

Dissertation and Published Works

Benson, S. (2020). Dot the Pill down: Investigating the linguistic needs of foreign rugby players and lexicon of spoken rugby discourse. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.