I am a second-year Linguistics PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh
and have been working the field of English Language Teaching since 2002.
My research interests lie in the lexical development of adult language learners,
teacher pedagogy, second language acquisition, and corpus linguistics. As part of the University of Pittsburgh
English Language Institute (ELI) Data Mining Group, I am currently investigating aspects of lexical sophistication as we
focus on applying computational methods to the Pitt ELI Learner Corpus (PELIC).
Ultimately, my professional goal is to work towards bridging the gap between academics and ELT practitioners in order to meaningfully and positively impact language teaching and learning.
|2017 - Present||PhD Linguistics||University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, U.S.A)|
|2012 – 2016||MSc Applied Linguistics||Aston University (Birmingham, England)|
|2007||Cambridge DELTA||Global Village (Vancouver, Canada)|
|2000 – 2005||BA Music||Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, Canada)|
Naismith, B. (submitted). From Rules to Reasons by Danny Norrington-Davies. Modern English Teacher.
Naismith, B., Han, N.-R., Juffs, A., Hill, B. L., & Zheng, D. (accepted). Accurate Measurement of Lexical Sophistication with Reference to ESL Learner Data. University of Pittsburgh. Conference paper in Educational Data Mining 2018, Buffalo, NY.
Naismith, B. 2017 (accepted). Up in the Cloud: Collocations with “Make” and “Let”. New Ways in Teaching with Corpora. Maryland: TESOL Press.
Naismith, B. 2017. Integrating corpus tools on intensive CELTA courses. ELT Journal, 71 (3): pp 273-283. doi:10.1093/elt/ccw076.
Naismith, B. 2017. The Practice of English Language Teaching (4th ed) by Jeremy Harmer. Modern English Teacher, 26 (3).
Naismith, B. 2013. Educational role models. Gulf News [Dubai, U.A.E.]. Aug 2013: Print.
Naismith, B. 2012. Tolerance of Ambiguity. English Connection KOTESOL, 16 (4): pp 14-15, 21.
Naismith, B. 2012. Trainee See, Trainee Do?. International House Journal, 33 (2): Online.
|2015 Connecting Intuition to Reality||BC TEAL||Vancouver, Canada|
|2013 Freedom Through Restriction||IH World Organization||Online webinar|
|2013 Using Corpora in the Classroom||IH DoS conference||London, UK|
|2012 Experiential Learning in Teacher Training||TESOL Arabia||Dubai, UAE|
|2012 Dealing with Emergent Language||IH World Organization||Online webinar|
|2011 Dealing with Stress||Universidad Latina||San José, Costa Rica|
|2011 An Introduction to the CEFR||Centro Cultural||San José, Costa Rica|
|2010 An Introduction to the CEFR||Universidad Latina||San José, Costa Rica|
|2017 – Present||Freelance ELT work||Various locations|
|2014 – 2016||Head of Teacher Training||IH Vancouver (Canada)|
|2012 - 2014||Director of Studies||IH Dubai (U.A.E.)|
|2010 – 2012||Director of Studies||IH San José (Costa Rica)|
|2008 – 2010||Teacher Training Coordinator||IH San José (Costa Rica)|
|2006 – 2008||English as a Foreign Language Teacher||IH San José (Costa Rica)|
|2004 – 2005||Academic English Tutor||Humber College (Canada)|
|2002 – 2003||English as a Foreign Language Teacher||ECC Lampang (Thailand)|
|Awards and honours:|
|2018 School of Arts & Sciences Summer Fellowship||University of Pittsburgh|
|2018 Trudeau Foundation Scholar nominee||University of Pittsburgh|
|2017 Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship||University of Pittsburgh|
|2017 ‘Merit’ for MSc in Applied Linguistics||Aston University|
|2005 ‘Distinction’ for BA in Music||Thompson Rivers University|
|1999 Passport to Education Award||Canadian Provincial Government|
IATEFL member (Research SIG)
BC TEAL member
TESL Canada accredited (level 3)
Oxford Journals – Applied Linguistics Review Board
International House Journal Review Board
BC TEAL Journal Review Board
Originally from Canada, I have spent most of my adult life living and teaching in other countries including the UK, Thailand, Costa Rica, the UAE, and now the USA. Outside of school and work, I can almost always be found spending time with my small family - my wife, daughter, and our dog - as we travel and explore the world together.
|May to August 2018:||Teacher Training in Vancouver, B.C.|
|July 15-18:||Paper to be presented at the Educational Data Mining 2018 conference|
|April 28, 2018:||First year of PhD completed!|
|April 15, 2018:||Awarded School of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship|
If you would like to get in touch, please contact me in any of the following ways (there are also links in the bottom-left corner of the page). I am always interested in new opportunities for collaboration or work.