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Dr Paul Booth

Senior Lecturer


I researched second language vocabulary and language aptitude (memory and language analysis) for my PhD.  Through collaboration with other researchers I have also conducted studies which compare different first language backgrounds in relation to their processing of second language semantics and syntax, and have researched situated learning in an online environment.

I've worked in different institutions: advertising agencies in London and Brussels; language schools in Brussels and London; universities in Nancy, Lyon, and Kingston. I have gained from working with people from different language and cultural backgrounds because it has helped me to understand how people learn, how to work with others and how to be open to new ideas.

Areas of specialism

  • Second language vocabulary
  • Learning styles and language aptitude
  • Language teaching pedagogy
  • International advertising
  • Distance learning


  • 2015: Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 2003-2010: PhD Thesis entitled: The interplay between lexis and learning: a study of second language vocabulary profiles and learning style, Kingston University.
  • 2001: Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (postgraduate master's research degree) Université de Nancy II, UFR Sciences du langage
  • 1997-98: MA Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Institute of Education, University of London.
  • 1996: Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, International House.
  • 1989: RSA/UCLES Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, Skola Teacher Training, London
  • 1978-1981: HND in Communication Design, Epsom School of Art and Design, Surrey.

Professional membership

British Association for Applied Linguists (BAAL)

The European Second Language Association (EuroSLA)

London Second Language Acquisition Research Forum (L-SLARF)


I gained funding (£2.5k) for research and teaching at Lyon 2 University in France:

  • Designed and wrote a website for self-study materials.
  • Set up an online language learning course with Kingston MA students as facilitators and Lyon 2 students as language learners.
  • Kingston MA Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching students create language learning materials for students at Lyon 2 and facilitate a distance learning course via the university intranet.     


Number of items: 14.


Booth, Paul, Guinmard, Isabelle and Lloyd, Elizabeth (2017) The perceptions of a situated learning experience mediated by novice teachers' autonomy. The EUROCALL Review, 25(1), pp. 76-91. ISSN (online) 1695-2618

Booth, Paul (2014) The variance of lexical diversity profiles and its relationship to learning style. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 52(4), pp. 357-375. ISSN (print) 0019-042X

Booth, Paul (2013) Vocabulary knowledge in relation to memory and analysis: An approximate replication of Milton's (2007) study on lexical profiles and learning style. Language Teaching, 46(3), pp. 335-354. ISSN (print) 0261-4448

Booth, P. (2010) The vocabulary performance of native and non-native speakers and its relationship to learning style. Malaysian Journal of ELT Research, 6, pp. 46-85. ISSN (online) 1511-8002

Boulton, Alex and Booth, Paul (2001) Communication in the void and communication avoided: a case study of on-line language teaching. A Sp: la revue du G E R A S (Groupe d'Etude et de Recherche en Anglais de Specialite), 31-33, pp. 89-102. ISSN (print) 1246-8185

Book Section

Booth, Paul (2009) The development of vocabulary proficiency in relation to learning style. In: Benati, Alessandro G., (ed.) Issues in second language proficiency. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 95-115. ISBN 9780826435156

Conference or Workshop Item

Clenton, Jon, Booth, Paul and Van Herwegen, Jo (2016) Determining the extent to which L1 learner choices influence the L2 : exploring semantic and syntactic choices. In: EuroSLA 26 : Looking back, looking forward: Language learning research at the crossroads; 24 - 27 Aug 2016, Jyvaskyla, Finland. (Unpublished)

Lloyd, Beth, Booth, Paul and Coultas, Valerie (2015) Collaborative pedagogies: online learning and classroom talk. In: Annual Festival of Learning 2015; 12-16 Jan 2015, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Booth, Paul and Lloyd, Beth (2014) From simulated online language learning and teaching to the real world. In: BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG Annual Conference; 03-04 Jul 2014, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Booth, Paul (2012) The variability of lexical diversity and its relationship to learning style. In: Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics; 6-8 Sep 2012, University of Southampton. (Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics) ISBN 9780955953354

Booth, Paul (2008) Lexical trajectories and learning style. In: BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG Conference; 01 - 02 Jul 2008, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Booth, Paul (2003) What is the relationship between second language learners' and tutor's beliefs about writing in an academic environment? In: CamLing: Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research; 26 Apr 2003, Cambridge, U.K.. ISSN (print) 1741-6655

Boulton, Alex and Booth, Paul (2001) Communication in the void and communication avoided: a case study of on-line language teaching. In: 22nd GERAS conference: Médiation(s); 29-31 March 2001, Bordeaux, France.


Booth, Paul (2011) The interplay between lexis and learning: a study of second language vocabulary profiles and learning style. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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