Jonathan Newton


Teaching in 2018

Programme Director, MA Programme in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning and Teaching

BA Cant, Dip TESL, PhD (Victoria)

Jonathan Newton has worked in language teaching and language teacher education for more than thirty years in both New Zealand and China where he began his teaching career. From 2002 to 2016 he was Programme Director for the BEd(TESOL) twinning programme at Victoria University, a role that involved working closely with Malaysian student teachers and Malaysian teacher training institutions. He is currently Programme Director for the MA Programme in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, and Second Language Learning and Teaching.

Research background

Jonathan's research focuses on the following main areas:

  • language teaching methodology and task-based language teaching (TBLT)
  • teacher cognition and professional learning for language teachers
  • the interface of culture and language in language teaching and learning
  • language/communication training and materials design for the multicultural workplace.

He has 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 JournalModern English Teacher, and Language Learning.

He has co-authored two books, one with Prof. Paul NationTeaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (2009), and a second with Nicky RiddifordWorkplace Talk in Action: An ESOL Resource(2010). He is 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.

He is involved in research projects on teacher cognition in the areas of second language vocabulary teaching and TBLT, and on motivations and disincentives for studying Asia-Pacific languages in New Zealand.


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I currently supervise PhD research on topics related to my research interests listed above.

Thesis supervision


Teaching in 2018