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Professor Monica Karlsson

Education: PhD in English Linguistics

Affiliation: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden


Department of Health, Education and Technology

Division of Education and Languages

Luleå University of Technology

97187 Luleå


Phone: +46 920-491000






My name is Monica Karlsson and I am a full Professor of English Linguistics. I currently hold a position at the Department of Health, Education and Technology in the Division of Education and Languages, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. I teach proficiency courses (e.g., oral and written proficiency, listening comprehension, vocabulary, etc.) as well as more theoretically oriented courses in, for instance, grammar, phonetics and phonology, translation, second language acquisition, etc. Furthermore, I teach English both as a single subject course as well as a subject within the teacher education, at all levels. (In the Swedish University system, each academic year is divided into two terms. As a single subject course, English can be studied for four terms after which doctoral studies begin. Within the teacher education, English may be studied from half a term (middle school teachers) up to four terms (upper secondary school teachers). Term paper supervision has also constituted a large part of my duties at Halmstad University.

I started my doctoral training at Gothenburg, Sweden, but then transferred to Lund University, where I received my PhD in 2001. My dissertation deals with advanced learners’ grammatical development in three areas: concord (primarily between subject and predicate), prepositions (seen along a continuum of basic uses, rule-governed uses and idiomatic uses) and the use/non-use of articles (primarily generic use). My interest in SLA has continued and more recently my focus has been on vocabulary, in the area of which I have produced a research report and five articles published in international journals. It was also based on this research and review work for TESOL Quarterly, Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, Nordic Journal of English Studies, and Konin Language Studies that I was promoted to Associate Professor at Halmstad University in 2015.

I have just finished my third book: Idiomatic mastery in a first and second language.

Selected Publications

Karlsson, M. (2019). Idiomatic mastery in a first and second language. London: Multilingual Matters.