Associate Professor Werner Botha

Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (Social Sciences North 3104)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Werner Botha is Associate Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, Australia. His research interests include the use of English in Asian higher education, language variation, multilingualism, and sociolinguistics. He is Co-Editor ofThe Routledge Handbook of English-medium Instruction in Higher Education (Routledge), as well as the The Handbook of Asian Englishes (Wiley Blackwell), Editorial Board Member of the journals Language Matters and Educational Studies (Taylor and Francis), and Assistant Editor for the Wiley journal World Englishes.

Selected recent publications include:

(1) Bolton, Kingsley, Werner Botha and Benedict Lin. (2024). The Routledge Handbook of English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education. Oxon/New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

(2) Botha, Werner, Kingsley Bolton and John Bacon-Shone. (2023). EMI (English-medium instruction) in Singapore's major universities. World Englishes. 1-20.

(3) Botha, Werner. (2022). Academic literacy skills and the challenge for Australian higher education. Educational Studies. 1-21.

(4) Botha, Werner and Susan Coetzee-van Rooy. (2021). Language mixing in the social network of a South African student. World Englishes 40.1. 1-21.

(5) Botha, Werner. (2021). The functions of language mixing in the social networks of Singapore students. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 269. 1-24.

(6) Bolton, Kingsley, Werner Botha, and Andy Kirkpatrick. (Eds.) (2020). The Handbook of Asian Englishes. United Kingdom. Wiley-Blackwell. (Category winner of the 2021 AAP PROSE awards)


PhD Linguistics

Honours, awards and grants

Recognised among 24 scholars in Humanities, Arts and Literature in The Australian research citations, listed as the most cited researcher for English Language and Literature between 2015-2020.

Key responsibilities

Werner is the topic co-ordinator and teaches the following topics:

(1) Academic and Professional Communication

(2) Language in Society

Topic coordinator
COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication
LING2004 Language in Society
COMS9002 Postgraduate English Enhancement