School of Languages and Applied Linguistics


Mr John Williams

  • Qualifications: Licentiate Diploma in TESOL (Trinity College London), BA (Hons) in French (University of Birmingham), M Soc Sc in Cultural Studies (University of Birmingham)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, English Language and Linguistics
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2162
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am an English language teacher with a professional background in lexicography and corpus linguistics. During my career I have contributed to more than 30 published dictionaries and language reference works, including the COBUILD range, the Partridge Dictionary of Slang, and the Dante lexical database.

I have also edited a book on distance teaching and co-authored a textbook for French learners of English.

Currently I am a member of the Language of Citizen Science research group within SLAS, exploring the lexical features of online discussion among citizen scientists.

I am a former course leader (2014-2016) of the University's summer presessional English programme for international students.


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