Welcome to my website

I have now retired from my university job (September 1, 2020), and am 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 at least two more academic books, and several journal articles.  I will also continue to attend conferences and to consult internationally.  I would be very open to teaching short courses while a visiting professor at other universities.  In addition, I have written a book about language for the general public, which I hope to publish soon.  So I am basically retiring from the day job to free up the time to pursue these other professional interests.

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. 

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!

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: 

Email:  norbert.schmitt@nottingham.ac.uk 

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