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Welcome to my website

I retired from my university job at the University of Nottingham on September 1, 2020, and am now Emeritus Professor.  Therefore I am no longer supervising PhD students or teaching at the university.  But I intend to stay active in the field, including writing books, journal articles, attending conferences, and consulting internationally.  I would be very open to teaching short courses while a visiting professor at other universities.  So I basically retired from the day job to free up the time to pursue these other professional interests.


I have written a book about language

to help the general public understand

language better and use it more

effectivley.  The book is called

Language Power

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I have also co-authored a book

describing how our research team

developed the Knowledge-based

Vocabulary Lists.  These lists show the

words which are the best-known by

learners of English as a Second


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But where did it all start?  I began my career as an EFL teacher in Japan in 1988 and quickly became interested in how language learners acquire vocabulary in their second (or more) languages. I began researching vocabulary in earnest during my PhD years at Nottingham (1994-1997).  Since then, my interests have broadened to all aspects of lexical study, including vocabulary testing, phraseology and formulaic sequences, corpus-based research, and the interface between vocabulary knowledge and the ability to read and listen in English. Also, writing Language Power gave me the chance to explore a very wide range of language use issues.  

On this website, you can find most of my research in downloadable format.  There are also vocabulary tests and word lists available on the Resources page.  I hope you find something that will be interesting and useful!

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Contact Information

Now that I am retired, I will not be checking my email so regularly.  However, I will continue to monitor my old Nottingham email address, and if you want to contact me, you can try it: 


I will also be dropping into my old department occasionally, and you could also contact me via the post:


Prof. Norbert Schmitt

School of English

University of Nottingham

Nottingham  NG7 2RD

United Kingdom

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