Prof John Macalister

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Professor of Applied Linguistics School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

BA(Hons) MA PhD

Current research projects

John Macalister’s research interests include language teaching methodology, language curriculum design, language policy, linguistic landscapes, and New Zealand English.

Listen to John's inaugural lecture.

Selection of publications

  • Macalister, John & I. S. P. Nation (in press). Language Curriculum Design 2nd edition. New York & London: Routledge.
  • Blackwood, Robert & John Macalister (eds.) (in press). Multilingual Memories: Monuments, museums, and the linguistic landscape. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Macalister, John & Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi (Eds) (2017). Family language policies in a multilingual world: Opportunities, challenges, and consequences. New York: Routledge.
  • Macalister, John & I. S. P. Nation (eds) (2011). Case studies in language curriculum design: Concepts and approaches in action around the world. New York & London: Routledge.
  • Macalister, John (2005). A Dictionary of Maori Words in New Zealand English. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
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Diachronic corpus of New Zealand English

John Macalister has created an electronic corpus of New Zealand English. This corpus is drawn from newspapers published in the year 2000, selected parliamentary debates from the same year, and from eight years of the School Journal (1909–2000). It provides empirical data for the study of lexical change in written New Zealand English.

Read an introduction to John's diachronic corpus and access the raw data:

Other achievements

Prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington, John worked on ELT projects in Kiribati, Namibia, Thailand, Cambodia and New Zealand, as a teacher, teacher trainer, and course designer.  He has also 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.

In addition, he has worked on a variety of design projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, particularly Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Latin America. Interesting projects elsewhere include the design of English language curricula such as for the Marine Training Centre, Kiribati, and for the construction industry in Saudi Arabia.

He is currently Treasurer of ALANZ, the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand, and has previously been President.

As well as serving on a number of editorial boards he is co-editor of Reading in a Foreign Language.