Dr Peter Crosthwaite


School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56884


I am now in my 14th year in TESOL/ applied linguistics, currently working as a Lecturer in the School of Languages and Cultures at UQ. I was formerly an assistant professor at the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES), University of Hong Kong (since 2014). I hold an MA TESOL from the University of London and an M.Phil/Ph.D in applied linguistics from the University of Cambridge.

My areas of research and supervisory expertise include second language acquisition, (learner) corpus analysis, use of corpora for data-driven learning, language assessment, academic writing, and Korean / Mandarin linguistics. I have published in leading journals including Language Learning, Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, English for Specific Purposes, CALL, System, IRAL and the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, have worked with international scholars for a publication in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and won the John Sinclair Bursary for my 2016 presentation at the leading corpus linguistics conference ICAME37 in Hong Kong, 2016. My three submissions in the recent mock HK RAE were ranked 4*/3*/3*

My previous work experience includes consultancies and editorial positions with publishers including Cambridge University Press and Marshall Cavendish, two sessions as director of studies for language schools in the UK, over six years' experience in the Korean EFL context, lengthy experience as an IELTS examiner, as well as teaching and supervision experience at Cambridge University. I am also a co-author on CUP's latest IELTS series 'Mindset for IELTS' (Level 1 & 2). I am also currently serving as the corpus linguistics section editor for Open Linguistics (ISI-ESCI) - an open access linguistics journal from De Gruyter.

Research Interests

  • Corpus Linguistics
    Discovering trends in large, multi-million word collections of L1 and L2 language data
  • Second Language Acquisition
    The processes involved in acquiring a second (or multiple) language(s)
  • Language testing and assessment
    Particularly IELTS, given my experience as an IELTS examiner and textbook author
  • L2 writing
    The processes involved in successful L2 writing
  • English for academic / specific purposes
    Looking at the L2 use of English for academic and specific purposes


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