Editorial Team


Professor Alessandro Benati is the Head of the English Department at the American University of Sharjah. He has previously worked in the United Kingdom at the University of Greenwich, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Middlesex University, and the University of Portsmouth. He is honorary visiting professor at the University of York St john, UK. Alessandro is internationally known for his research in second language acquisition and second language teaching. He has published ground-breaking research with James Lee on the pedagogical framework called processing instruction. He is co-Editor of the journal ISLA (Equinox Publishing), and Editor of the Advanced ISLA Research Book Series for Bloomsbury Publishing. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal Language Teaching Research and Co-Editor of the Grammar World Japanese online platform. He has recently launched with John Schwieter a new series for Cambridge University Press called Elements in Second Language Acquisition. Alessandro has co-ordinated national and international high-impact research projects funded by the European Union, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Sassakawa Foundation, Japanese MEXT, and the School Challenge. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and the REF Panel 2021.He is currently working on two monographs (Key Questions in Second Language Acquisition: An Introduction and Key Issues in Second Language Teaching) for Cambridge University Press.


Elena Nuzzo graduated in Lettere from the University of Milan in 1999. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics in 2006 from the University of Verona. Since January 2016 she has been Associate Professor of Second language teaching at Roma Tre University, where her activity includes research, teaching and teacher training in the field of applied linguistics, with a specific interest in Italian as a second language. Her main research areas cover the application of Speech Act Theory to second language learning and teaching, cross-cultural pragmatics, and Task-Based Language Teaching. She is co-Editor of the journal ISLA (Equinox Publishing), vice-president of the Italian Association of Applied Linguistics; member of the scientific committee of the publishing series Studi AItLA and of the research group Pragmática (inter)linguística, cross-cultural e intercultural.

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