B Arts Hons (University of Sydney), M App Ling, PhD (Macquarie University)
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
Ben Fenton-Smith is coordinator of the English Language Enhancement Course (ELEC) Program, a university-wide suite of credit-bearing, discipline-specific courses in English for Academic Purposes. ELEC achieved national recognition in 2014, winning the Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning at the Australian Awards for University Teaching.
Ben’s primary interest is in discourse studies, particularly the analysis of political discourse. He teaches Discourse Analysis at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and convenes the Interdisciplinary Discourse Analysis Group – a reading group for lecturers and students within the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.
Ben’s research has appeared in journals such as Discourse and Society, the Journal of Language and Politics, Studies in Higher Education, Language Teaching Research and the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. He recently co-edited the book English Medium Instruction in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific (Springer, 2017).
- Discourse studies
- Language and politics
- Systemic functional linguistics
- English language policy in higher education
Current teaching areas
- Discourse Analysis
- English for Academic Purposes