Jonathan Newton

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Associate Professor School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

New book (2018)

Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking

I’m delighted to share news of this book on teaching language skills to EAP learners. I had the privilege of co-authoring the book with five leading international scholars on skills-based teaching. I recommend it for anyone teaching through English or teaching English (or teaching through English) at high school, college or university level.

Programme Director, MA Programme in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning and Teaching. (Peter Gu is Acting Director until 1 Feb 2020 while Jonathan is on sabbatical.)

BA Cant, Dip TESL, PhD (Victoria University of Wellington)

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 of Wellington, 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.

Jonathan is book review editor for the journal Language Teaching for Young Learners (LTYL). He is particularly interested in reviews of classroom language learning textbooks as well as of academic books.

If you are interested in writing a review of a book or a language learning textbook for LTYL, and you would like him to add you to his list of available reviewers, please send your contact details, a brief statement of your relevant background and experience, and a brief statement of your interests and expertise for reviewing to: Equally, if you know of a recent book which you would like to review, please contact him, providing the name of the book/textbook and the information requested above.

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 Journal, Modern English Teacher, and Language Learning.

He has co-authored three books: Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (2009) (with Paul Nation), Workplace Talk in Action: An ESOL Resource (2010) (with Nicky Riddiford), and Teaching English to second language learners in academic contexts: Reading, writing, listening, speaking (2018) with Bill Grabe, Fredricka Stoller, Dana Ferris, Christine Goh and Larry Vandergrift.

He is currently working on two books, due for publication in late 2018: English teaching and intercultural learning in Asia (for TEFLIN) and another on Using tasks in language teaching (for RELC).

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

2019 iELT-Con References

View Jonathan Newton’s references for the 2019 International English Language Teaching Conference.