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Dr. Alessandro Benati

Honorary Associate Professor

Dottore in Lettere & Filosofia, University of Florence

MA in Educational Management, University of Greenwich

PhD, University of Greenwich

Alessandro Benati is Professor and Head of the School of Education at the University College Dublin, Ireland. He has held academic positions in several British and overseas institutions. He has published ground-breaking research on the pedagogical framework called processing instruction. His research on processing instruction has been recently driven by the use of new online measurements (eye tracking, and self-paced reading). Alessandro has coordinated national and international high-impact research projects which have been influential in determining educational policy and had an impact in providing effective language teacher training programs. He is the author and co-author of several research monographs, peer-reviewed articles in high-ranked journals, and editor and co-editor of book series and scientific journals such as Cambridge Elements in SLA and Instructed Second Language Acquisition. He was a member of the sub-panel for Modern Languages and Linguistics for the Research Excellence Framework for England (REF 2021), and the AHRC Panel (UK).

Professional Affiliations:

Visiting Professor, Macquarie University, Australia.

Visiting Professor, University of Anaheim, USA

Honorary Professor at the University of York SJ, UK


Selected Publications / Presentations:

Benati, A. (2024). Second language teacher education; A cognitive and evidence-based perspective. London: Bloomsbury.

VanPatten, B., Smith, M., Benati, A., (2024). Key questions in second language acquisition: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (second edition).

Zhihui, Z., Benati, A. (2024). An investigation on the effects of structured input, referential and affective activities on the acquisition of English causative forms. Languages, (pages and issue forthcoming).

Grants / Awards / Other Achievements:

Supporting the Linguistic Integration of Immigrant Adolescents: Investigating Individual and Instructional Variables in Second Language Grammar Processing. HORIZON-MSCA-2023 – Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023



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