Jonathan Newton

Associate Professor School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

Teaching and learning in the second/foreign language classroom (task-based language teaching, speaking and listening in the language classroom, second language vocabulary learning and teaching); Intercultural language learning & teaching; Language (ESOL) and communication training for the workplace.

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BA Cant, Dip TESL, PhD (Victoria)

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

Research interests

My research focuses on the following main areas: language teaching methodology (and especially the design and implementation of task-based language learning and teaching), teacher cognition and professional learning for language teachers, 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, Language Learning and Language Teaching Research.

I have 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 am currently working on a new co-authored book, Teaching English Language Learners in Colleges and Universities: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, due for publication through Routledge in 2017.

I teach courses in language teaching pedagogy, in both the undergraduate TESOL programme (TSOL301) and Masters Programme (LALS 510 and LALS519).

I currently supervise PhD research on topics related to instructed language learning, teachers and teaching. In particular my focus is on task-based language teaching, intercultural language learning and teaching, teacher cognition and language teacher education and professional learning and development (PLD).


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