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Raffaella Bottini

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Raffaella Bottini

Lancaster University

County South



Office Hours:

Tuesday 4.00-5.00 pm, room D05, County South


I am a doctoral researcher at the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University. I research the application of corpus methods to the analysis of vocabulary in L2 English speech to inform language testing.

More specifically, my current PhD research explores lexical complexity at different proficiency levels in the Trinity Lancaster Corpus, a 4.2-million-word learner corpus of L2 English spoken exams. It also considers the effect of task-related factors on learner’s lexical choices.


I am a member of the Second Language Learning and Teaching (SLLAT) research group.


PhD Linguistics, Lancaster University, (2018-)

MA Applied Linguistics and ELT, King's College London (2017)

MA English Language and Literary Studies, Università degli Studi di Milano (2008)

BA Modern Languages and Literary Studies, Università degli Studi di Milano (2007)


Current Teaching

LING 102 (English Language)

LING 218 (Language and Pedagogic Practice)