Dr Raffaella Bottini

Lecturer in Corpus Linguistics


I am a lecturer in corpus linguistics and I completed my doctoral research at the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS). My background is in language teaching and testing. Before joining Lancaster University, I worked as an English language tutor at University College London, Università Degli Studi di Milano in Italy, and in secondary schools in Italy, focusing on English for academic purposes and special educational needs.

My doctoral research focused on the application of corpus methods to the analysis of vocabulary in L2 English speech to inform language testing and second language acquisition. More specifically, my PhD research explored lexical complexity at different proficiency levels in the Trinity Lancaster Corpus, a 4.2-million-word learner corpus of L2 English spoken exams.