John Macalister


Teaching in 2018

Research interests

New Zealand English, influence of te reo Maori on New Zealand English, language teaching esp. reading and writing

BA(Hons) MA PhD

Current research projects

John Macalister’s research interests include second language reading and writing, issues in language learning and New Zealand English. He teaches courses in language teaching methodology (reading and writing), and curriculum design.

Listen to John speak about his current research. mp461.80MB

He is the President of ALANZ, the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand.

Selection of publications

A Dictionary of Maori Words in New Zealand English was published by Oxford University Press in 2005, and Language Curriculum Design (with I. S. P. Nation) by Routledge in 2010. Case Studies in Language Curriculum Design (also with I. S. P. Nation) was published by Routledge in 2011.


For a complete list of selected publications, click here or search more narrowly for publications related to language learning & teaching and New Zealand English.

Other achievements

In recent years, John has been involved in the Vanuatu Education Assistance Programme as a teacher trainer and in an English language teaching capacity-building project at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This project was focussed on English for Science and Technology.

He has also worked on a variety of design projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, particularly Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Latin America. An interesting recent project was the design of an English language curriculum for the Marine Training Centre, Kiribati.

Prior to joining Victoria University, he worked on ELT projects in Kiribati, Namibia, Thailand, Cambodia and New Zealand, as a teacher, teacher trainer and course designer.


Teaching in 2018