Benjamin White Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Director of MATESOL Program

Benjamin White


Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
A.B., University of Miami

Areas of Expertise:

Pedagogical Grammar, Second Language Acquisition, Cognitive Linguistics, and Sociocultural Theory

Courses I Teach:

  • Advanced Grammar for Writing
  • Foundations of Linguistics
  • Principles of Testing and Assessment in Language Teaching
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching of Oral Skills in ESOL
  • Theory and Method in Second Language Teaching

Programs I Advise:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL)

Recent News

Ben White, director of Saint Michael’s MATESOL Program, as part of his sabbatical has been carrying out a research project on language learning and teaching at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. On Friday, March 11, he offered a workshop for faculty and graduate students in the university’s Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Españolas. The session, entitled “Conceptualizing Determiners,” explored techniques for teaching grammar in a visual manner informed by research in cognitive linguistics.
(posted July 2022)

Ben White, MATESOL director and chair of Applied Linguistics, recently was invited to Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He delivered a workshop entitled “Reflection and Collaboration: Building Listening Skills through a Metacognitive Approach” to faculty and graduate students at the university’s Institute of Spanish Language and Culture.
(posted February 2020)