David Crabbe

Research interests

Teaching English a as a second language, foreign language teaching




A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Leeds University, David Crabbe's career in English language education led him to live and work in France, Nigeria, the UK and Singapore before returning to Victoria in 1987 as a lecturer in applied linguistics. His first major role was to redesign and direct the English language programme at Victoria, a programme that has built a considerable international reputation. Over the past 25 years he has taught and supervised postgraduates in his specialist areas of second language curriculum and learner autonomy, with a significant focus on language education in Southeast Asia. At Victoria, he has been director of the English Language Institute, head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic). He was appointed to the position of Dean of Education in June 2013, a position that draws on all his previous experience as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher and academic leader.