School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Dr Jonathan Newton

Senior Lecturer
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Phone: 04 463 5622
Location: Room 418, Von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Dr Jonathan Newton

Teaching in 2016

LALS 519 - Special Topic: Task-Based Language Teaching
Course Coordinator

N.B.Jonathan is on Research and Study Leave from 1 December 2015 to 30 June 2016.


BA Cant, Dip TESL, PhD (Victoria)

I have worked in language teaching and language teacher training for more than twenty-five years in both New Zealand and China where I began my teaching career. For the past ten years I have been Director of the BEd(TESOL) twinning programme at Victoria University, a role that involves working closely with Malaysian student teachers and Malaysian teacher training institutions.

Research Interests

My research focuses on four main areas: classroom-based second language acquisition, language teaching methodology (and especially the design and implementation of task-based language learning and teaching), the interface of culture and language in language teaching and learning, and language/communication training and materials design for the multicultural workplace. I have published in a range of books, and in journals including: Second Language Research, The Journal of Second Language Writing, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, System, Language Teaching Research, Journal of Pragmatics, English Language Teaching Journal, and Modern English Teacher. I have  papers forthcoming in Language Learning and Language Teaching Research. I recently co-authored two books, one with Prof. Paul Nation, Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (2009), and a second with Nicky Riddiford, Workplace Talk in Action: An ESOL Resource (2010).

I teach courses in language teaching pedagogy (LALS 510 and ALIN 201) and currently supervise PhD research on a range of topics including focus-on-form and classroom feedback, task-based language teaching, interlanguage pragmatics, and intercultural language learning and teaching.


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