A complete bibliography of Emeritus Professor Paul Nation's academic publications.

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Nation, I.S.P. (1970) Review of Learning Languages: The Comparative Method, by A.R. Barter, AUMLA, 34: 363.

Bismoko, J. and Nation, I.S.P. (1972) Reading speed and transfer of training. Publikasi Ilmu Keguruan Sastra Seni 2, 2: 3-5.

Nation, I.S.P. (1972) Teaching composition. Publikasi Ilmu Keguruan Sastra Seni 2, 2: 6-9.

Nation, I.S.P. (1972) Teaching conversation. Journal IKIP Jogjakarta 4, 2: 44-46.

Nation, I.S.P. (1973) Kamus Inggeris Indonesia 1000 kata, 2000 kata, 3000 kata, Yogyakarta, Penerbitan Yayasan Kanisius,. (These are three small Indonesian-English dictionaries)

Howe, D.H. and Nation, I.S.P. (1974-1976) Guided English Reading Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, Book 1, 1974; Book 2, 1975; Book 3, 1976.

Sukardi, M.J.U. and Nation, I.S.P. (1974) English Vocabulary Tests Yogyakarta: Penerbitan Yayasan Kanisius,.

Quinn, E. and Nation, I.S.P. (1974) Speed Reading, Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press.

Nation, I.S.P. (1974) Making a reading course. RELC Journal 5, 1: 77-83.

Bismoko, J. and Nation, I.S.P. (1974) English reading speed and the mother-tongue or national language. RELC Journal 5, 1: 86-89.

Nation, I.S.P. (1974) Techniques for teaching vocabulary. English Teaching Forum 12, 3: 18-21.

Nation, I.S.P. (1975) Motivation, repetition and language teaching techniques. ELT 29: 115-120.

Nation, I.S.P. (1975) Teaching vocabulary in difficult circumstances. ELT 30: 21-24.

Nation, I.S.P. (1976) Creating and adapting language teaching techniques. RELC Journal 7, 2, ,: 1-15.

Fountain, R.L. and Nation, I.S.P. (1976) Formal signals of discourse types. Te Reo 19: 3-23.

Nation, I.S.P. (1977) The combining arrangement: some techniques. Modern Language Journal 61, 3: 89-94.

Nation, I.S.P. (1978) Language through code. Modern English Teacher 6, 4: 13-15.

Saragi, T., Nation, I.S.P. and Meister, G.F. (1978) Vocabulary learning and reading. System 6, 2: 72-78.

Nation, I.S.P. (1978) `What is it?' a multipurpose language teaching technique. English Teaching Forum 16, 3: 20-23, 32.

Nation, I.S.P. (1978) Translation and the teaching of meaning: some techniques. ELT 32, 3: 171-175.

Nation, I.S.P. (1979) Exercises and material for teaching reading in English. Journal of Science-Arts: Khon Kaen University 6, 1: 20-28.

Ekwisahn, K. and Nation, I.S.P. (1979) Conversation activities in English for academic purposes. Pasaa 9, 1: 107-114.

Nation, I.S.P. and Nation, K. (1979) Reading problems and exercises for Thai learners of English. Pasaa 9, 1: 37-43.

Thomas, G.I. and Nation, I.S.P. (1979) Communicating through the ordering exercise. Guidelines 1: 68-75.

Nation, I.S.P. (1979) The curse of the comprehension question: some alternatives. Guidelines 2: 85-103.


Meister, G.F. and Nation, I.S.P. (1980) Fire on the Mountain London: Macmillan,.

Long, M. and Nation, I.S.P. (1980) Read Thru Singapore: Longman,.

Nation, I.S.P. (1980) Strategies for receptive vocabulary learning. Guidelines 3: 18-23.

Nation, I.S.P. (1980) Graded interviews for communicative practice. English Teaching Forum 18, 4: 26-29.

Nation, I.S.P. and Teeravanich, R. (1980) Nurse station. Modern English Teacher 7, 3: 15-16.

Clarke, D.F. and Nation, I.S.P. (1980) Guessing the meanings of words from context: strategy and techniques. System 8, 3: 211-220.

Nation, I.S.P. (1980) Activities for the language laboratory. Guidelines 4: 41-46.

Nation, I.S.P. (1981) Free composition and remedial work. Guidelines 6: 56-67.

Meister, G.F. and Nation, I.S.P. (1981) Indonesian Love Story Singapore: Longman,.

Long, M. and Nation, I.S.P. (1982) Writing Power Singapore: Longman,.

Nation, I.S.P. (1982) Getting information from advanced reading tests. Language Testing J.B. Heaton (ed.), Modern English Publications: 73-76.

Nation, I.S.P. (1982) Beginning to learn foreign vocabulary: a review of the research. RELC Journal 13: 14-36.

Nation, I.S.P. (1983) Learning vocabulary. New Zealand Language Teacher 9, 1: 10-11.

Nation, I.S.P. (1983) Testing and teaching vocabulary. Guidelines 5, 1: 12-25.

Nation, I.S.P. (1984) Review of Teaching and Learning Languages by Earl W. Stevick. Language Learning and Communication 3, 1: 84-86.

Nation, I.S.P. (1984) Understanding paragraphs. Language Learning and Communication 3, 1: 61-68.

Xue, G. and Nation, I.S.P. (1984) A university word list. Language Learning and Communication 3, 2: 215-229.

Nation, I.S.P. (1985) Opportunities for learning through the communicative approach. In Communicative Language Teaching Bikram K. Das (ed.), RELC Anthology Series No. 14, ,: 120-129.

Liu Na and Nation, I.S.P. (1985) Factors affecting guessing vocabulary in context. RELC Journal 16, 1: 33-42.

Nation, I.S.P. (1985) Listening techniques for a comprehension approach to language learning. English Teaching Forum 23, 4: 17-21.

Coady, J. and Nation, I.S.P. (1988) Vocabulary and reading. In Vocabulary and Language Teaching eds. R. Carter and M. McCarthy. London: Longman: 97-110.

Nation, I.S.P. (1988) Using techniques well: information transfer. Guidelines 10, 1: 17-23.

Wodinsky, M. and Nation, I.S.P. (1988) Learning from graded readers. Reading in a Foreign Language 5, 1: 155-161.

Nation, I.S.P. (1989) Speaking activities: five features. ELT Journal 43, 1: 24-29.

Nation, I.S.P. (1989) Group work and language learning. English Teaching Forum 27, 2: 20-24.

Nation, I.S.P. (1989) Dictionaries and language learning. In Learners' Dictionaries: State of the Art M.L.Tickoo (ed.), RELC Anthology Series 23: 65-71.

Nat ion, I.S.P. (1989) Improving speaking fluency. System 17, 3: 377-384.

Hwang, K. and Nation, I.S.P. (1989) Reducing the vocabulary load and encouraging vocabulary learning through reading newspapers. Reading in a Foreign Language 6, 1: 323-335.

Carter, R. and Nation, I.S.P. (eds.) (1989) AILA 6: Studies in vocabulary acquisition AILA, Free University of Amsterdam.


Nation, I.S.P. (1990) A system of tasks for language learning. In Language Teaching Methodology for the Nineties Sarinee Anivan (ed.), RELC Anthology Series 24: 51-63.

Nation, I.S.P. (1990) A writing and notetaking strategy. Modern English Teacher 17, 1&2: 30-33.

Goulden, R., Nation, I.S.P. and Read, J. (1990) How large can a receptive vocabulary be? Applied Linguistics 11, 4: 341-363.

Nation, I.S.P. (1990) Teaching and Learning Vocabulary New York: Newbury House,.

Nation, I.S.P. (1991) Dictation, dicto-comp and related techniques. English Teaching Forum 29, 4, ,: 12-14.

Arevart, S. and Nation, I.S.P. (1991) Fluency improvement in a second language. RELC Journal 22, 1: 84-94.

Nation, I.S.P. (1991) Managing group discussion: problem-solving tasks. Guidelines 13, 1: 1-10.

Crabbe, D. and Nation, I.S.P. (1991) A survival language learning syllabus for foreign travel. System 19, 3: 191-201.

Nation, I.S.P. (1991) Fluency and learning. The English Teacher 20: 1-8.

Nation, I.S.P. (1992) Controlling the teacher. Practical English Teaching 13, 1: 50-51.

Hirsh, D. and Nation, I.S.P. (1992) What vocabulary size is needed to read unsimplified texts for pleasure? Reading in a Foreign Language 8, 2: 689-696.

Nation, I.S.P. (1993) Measuring readiness for simplified material: a test of the first 1,000 words of English. In Simplification: Theory and Application M.L.Tickoo (ed.), RELC Anthology Series 31: 193-203.

Nation, I.S.P. (1993) Using dictionaries to estimate vocabulary size: essential, but rarely followed, procedures. Language Testing 10, 1: 27-40.

Nation, I.S.P. (1993) Sixteen principles of language teaching. In Of Pavlova, Poetry and Paradigms: Essays in Honour of Harry Orsman L. Bauer and C. Franzen (eds.): 209-224.

Nation, I.S.P. (1993) Vocabulary size, growth and use. In The Bilingual Lexicon. R. Schreuder and B. Weltens (eds.), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins: 115-134.

Nation, I.S.P. (1993) Predicting the content of texts. The TESOLANZ Journal 1: 37-46.

Bauer, L. and Nation, I.S.P. (1993) Word families. International Journal of Lexicography 6, 4: 253-279.

Nagabhand, S. Nation, I.S.P. and Franken, M. (1993) Can text be too friendly? Reading in a Foreign Language 9, 2: 895-907.

Nation, I.S.P. (1994) Morphology and language learning. In R.E. Asher (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics Oxford, Pergamon Press, 5: 2582-2585.

Nation, I.S.P. (1994) Review of Computers and Written Texts by C.S. Butler (ed.) Applied Linguistics 15, 2: 232-233.

Nation, I.S.P. (ed.) (1994) New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary Alexandria, Va: TESOL.

Nation, I.S.P. (1994) Review of three books on vocabulary teaching. System 22, 2: 15-19.

Sutarsyah, C., Nation, I.S.P. and Kennedy, G. (1994) How useful is EAP vocabulary for ESP? A corpus based case study. RELC Journal 25, 2: 34-50.

Nation, I.S.P. (1994) Listening and speaking: vital parts of any second language programme. SET, NZCER, Number 2, Item 12.

Hwang, K. and Nation, I.S.P. (1995) Where would general service vocabulary stop and special purposes vocabulary begin? System 23, 1: 35-41.

Laufer, B. and Nation, I.S.P. (1995) Lexical richness in L2 written production: Can it be measured? Applied Linguistics 16, 3: 307-322.

Nation, I.S.P. (1995) Review of The Lexicon in Acquisition by E.V. Clark. Applied Linguistics 16, 3: 403-405.

Nation, I.S.P. (Interviewed by N. Schmitt) (1995) The word on words: an interview with Paul Nation. Language Teacher 19, 2: 5-7.

Nation, I.S.P. (1995-6) Best practice in vocabulary teaching and learning. EA Journal 3, 2: 7-15.

Joe, A., Nation, I.S.P. and Newton, J. (1996) Speaking activities and vocabulary learning. English Teaching Forum 34, 1: 2-7.

Nation, I.S.P. (1996) The four strands of a language course. TESOL in Context 6, 1: 7-12.

Nation, I.S.P. (1996) Review of Vocabulary, Semantics and Language Education by E. Hatch and C. Brown. TESOLANZ Journal 4: 65-67.

Worthington, D. and Nation, I.S.P. (1996) Using texts to sequence the introduction of new vocabulary in an EAP course. RELC Journal 27, 2,: 1-11.

Newton, J. and Nation, I.S.P. (1997) Vocabulary and teaching. In Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition J. Coady and T. Huckin (eds.) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 238-254.

Nation, I.S.P. (1997) Bringing today's vocabulary research into tomorrow's classrooms. In G.M. Jacobs (ed.) Language Classrooms of Tomorrow: Issues and Responses RELC Anthology Series No. 38: 170-182.

Nation, I.S.P. (1997) Review of Introducing Language Awareness by L. van Lier, in Studies in Second Language Acquisition 19, 1: 123.

Brown, S. and Nation, I.S.P. (1997) Teaching speaking: suggestions for the classroom. The Language Teacher 21, 1: 11-15, 18.

Nation, I.S.P. (1997) The language learning benefits of extensive reading. The Language Teacher 21, 5: 13-16.

Nation, I.S.P. (1997) L1 and L2 use in the classroom: a systematic approach. TESL Reporter 30, 2: 19-27.

Waring, R. and Nation, I.S.P. (1997) Vocabulary size, text coverage, and word lists. In Vocabulary: Description, Acquisition and Pedagogy N. Schmitt and M. McCarthy (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 6-19.

Nation, I.S.P. (1997) Developing fluency in language use. KIFL Academic Journal 6: 30–35.

Nation, I.S.P. (1997) Review of the Penguin Readers. Applied Language Learning 8, 2: 317-322.

Nation, I.S.P. (1998) Critical comments included in J.C Richards (ed.) Teaching in Action: Case Studies from Second Language Classrooms TESOL, Alexandria, Va.: 111-112, 135-136, 285-286, 363-364.

Nation, I.S.P. (1998) Helping learners take control of their vocabulary learning. GRETA 6, 1: 9-18.

Nation, I.S.P. (1998) Review of Realms of Meaning: An Introduction to Semantics by T.R. Hoffman. JALT Journal 20, 2: 137.

Laufer, B. and Nation, I.S.P. (1999) A vocabulary size test of controlled productive ability. Language Testing 16, 1: 33-51.

Nation, I.S.P. (1999) Review of The Visualization of Foreign Vocabulary in CALL by A. Heidemann. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 21, 1: 152-153.

Nation, I.S.P. (1999) Fluency and accuracy. In B. Spolsky (ed.) Concise Encyclopaedia of Educational Linguistics. Oxford: Elsevier Science: 611-612.

Nation, I.S.P. and Wang, K. (1999) Graded readers and vocabulary. Reading in a Foreign Language 12, 2: 355-380.


Nation, I.S.P. (2000) Review of What’s in a Word? Vocabulary Development in Multilingual Classrooms by N. McWilliam. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 22, 1: 126-127.

Nation, I.S.P. (2000) Learning vocabulary in lexical sets: dangers and guidelines. TESOL Journal 9, 2: 6-10.

Nation, I.S.P. (2000) Designing and improving a language course. English Teaching Forum 38, 4: 2-11.

Nation, I.S.P. and Hamilton-Jenkins, A. (2000) Using communicative tasks to teach vocabulary. Guidelines 22, 2: 15-19.

Nation, I.S.P. (2000) Vocabulary. In M. Byram (ed.) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Language Teaching and Learning. Routledge, London: 665-667.

Nation, I.S.P. (2000) Text types and grading. In M. Byram (ed.) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Language Teaching and Learning. Routledge, London: 624-626.

Hu, M. and Nation, I.S.P. (2000) Unknown vocabulary density and reading comprehension. Reading in a Foreign Language 13, 1: 403-430.

Fountain, R.L. and Nation, I.S.P. (2000,) A vocabulary-based graded dictation test . RELC Journal 31, 2,: 29-44.

Nation, I.S.P. and Coxhead, A. (2001) The specialised vocabulary of English for academic purposes. In J. Flowerdew and M. Peacock (eds.) Research Perspectives on English for Academic Purposes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 252-267.

Nation, I.S.P. (2001) Using small corpora to investigate learner needs: two vocabulary research tools. In M. Ghadessy, A. Henry and R.L. Roseberry (eds.) Small Corpus Studies and ELT Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Nation, I.S.P. (2001) Learning Vocabulary in Another Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nation, I.S.P. (2001) Managing Vocabulary Learning. Singapore: RELC.

Nation, I.S.P. (2001) How many high frequency words are there in English? In M. Gill, A.W. Johnson, L.M. Koski, R.D. Sell and B. Wårvik (eds.) Language, Learning and Literature: Studies Presented to Håkan Ringbom English Department Publications 4, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo: 167-181.

Nation, I.S.P. (2001) Planning and running an extensive reading program. NUCB Journal of Language Culture and Communication 3, 1: 1- 8.

Nation, I.S.P. (May/June 2001) How good is your vocabulary program? ESL Magazine 22-24.

Laufer, B. and Nation, I.S.P. (2001) Passive vocabulary size and speed of meaning recognition: Are they related? EUROSLA Yearbook 1: 7-28.

Nation, I.S.P. and Deweerdt, J-P. (2001) A defence of simplification. Prospect 16, 3: 55-67.

Nation, I.S.P. and Meara, P. (2002) Vocabulary. In N. Schmitt (ed.) An Introduction to Applied Linguistics Edward Arnold: 35-54.

Moir, J. and Nation, I.S.P. (2002) Learners’ use of strategies for effective vocabulary learning Prospect 17, 1: 15-35.

Nation, I.S.P. (2003) Vocabulary. In D. Nunan. (ed.) Practical English Language Teaching. McGraw Hill, New York: 129-152.

Nation, I.S.P. (June 2003) The role of the first language in foreign language learning.

Chung, T. and Nation, I.S.P. (2003) Technical vocabulary in specialised texts. Reading in a Foreign Language 15, 2: 103-116

Nation, I.S.P. (2003) Effective ways of building vocabulary knowledge. ESL Magazine 6, 4 14-15.

Read, J. and Nation, I.S.P. (2004) Measurement of formulaic sequences. In N. Schmitt (ed.) Formulaic Sequences Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 23-35.

Nation, I.S.P. (2004) Vocabulary learning and intensive reading. EA Journal 21, 2 20-29.

Chung, T. and Nation, I.S.P. (2004) Identifying technical vocabulary. System 32, 2 251-263.

Nation, I.S.P. (2004) A study of the most frequent word families in the British National Corpus. In P. Bogaards and B. Laufer (eds.) Vocabulary in a Second Language: Selection, Acquisition and Testing Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 3-13.

Nation, I.S.P. (2004) Shared book, Book flood, Contributions in R.R. Day and J. Bamford (eds.) Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 48-49, 50-51.

Wang, K. and Nation, I.S.P. (2004) Word meaning in academic English: Homography in the Academic Word List. Applied Linguistics 25, 3 291-314.
Nation, I.S.P. (2004) The roles of graded readers in a language course. OUP Teachers Club website

Waring, R. and Nation, I.S.P. (2004) Second language reading and incidental vocabulary learning. Angles on the English Speaking World 4: 97-110.

Nation, I.S.P. (2004) Targeting literacy goals. Language Magazine 3, 7 20-22.

Nation, I.S.P. (2005) Teaching and learning vocabulary. In E. Hinkel (ed.) Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum: 581-595.

Nation, I.S.P. (2005) Reading faster. Pasaa 36: 21-37.

Nation, I.S.P. (2005) Vocabulary learning through extensive reading. In G. Poedjosoedarmo (ed.) Innovative Approaches to Reading and Writing. RELC Anthology Series 46. RELC, Singapore: 10-21.

Nation, I.S.P. (2005) Japanese translation of Learning Vocabulary in Another Language. Tokyo: Shohakusha (Translated by Haruyo Yoshida and Hiroshi Mine).

Nation, I.S.P. (2005) Ten best ideas for teaching vocabulary. The Language Teacher 29, 7: 11-14.

Nation, I.S.P. (2005) Interview with Paul Nation (Interviewed by Tsuyuki Miura). The Language Teacher 29, 7: 5-6.

Nation, I.S.P. (2005) State of the Nation: An interview with Paul Nation(interviewed by A. Coxhead) Guidelines 27, 1: 46-50

Nation, I.S.P. (2006) Language education - vocabulary. In K. Brown (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Ed.Oxford: Elsevier. Vol 6: 494-499.

Nation, I.S.P. (2006) Second language vocabulary. In K. Brown (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Ed. Oxford: Elsevier. Vol 13: 448-454.

Grant, L. and Nation, I.S.P. (2006) How many idioms are there in English? ITL International Journal of Applied Linguistics

Nation, I.S.P. How large a vocabulary is needed for reading and listening? Canadian Modern Language Review 63, 1 (2006): 59-82.

Read, J.A.S. and Nation, I.S.P. (2006) An investigation of the lexical dimension of the IELTS speaking test. IELTS Research reports Volume 6: 207-231.

Chung, M. And Nation, I.S.P. (2006) The effect of a speed reading course. English Teaching 61, 4: 181-204.

Nation, I.S.P. and Beglar, D. (2007) A vocabulary size test. The Language Teacher 31, 7: 9-13.

Nation, I.S.P. (2007) The four strands. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching 1, 1: 1-12.

Nation, I.S.P. (2007) Fundamental issues in modelling and assessing vocabulary knowledge. Modelling and Assessing Vocabulary Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 35-43.

Nation, I.S.P. and Gu, P.Y.(2007) Focus on Vocabulary. Sydney: NCELTR, Macquarie University.

Nation, I.S.P. (2007) Vocabulary learning through experience tasks. Language Forum 33, 2: 33-43.

Nation, P. and Malarcher, C. (2007) Reading for Speed and Fluency. Books 1-4. Seoul: Compass Publishing. Book 1, 115 pages, ISBN 978-1-59966-100-1; Book 2, 115 pages, ISBN 978-1-59966-101-8; Book 3, 115 pages, ISBN 978-1-59966-102-5; Book 4, 115 pages, ISBN 978-1-59966-103-2.

Nation, I.S.P. (2008). Teaching Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning. 222 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-4240-0565-9; ISBN-10: 1-4240-0565-5

Nation, I.S.P. (2008). Lexical awareness in second language learning. Encyclopaedia of Language and Education. (Second edition) Volume 6: Knowledge about language. J. Cenoz and N.H. Hornberger (eds) New York: Springer Science, 167-177.

Nation, I.S.P. and Moir, J. (2008) Vocabulary learning and the good language learner. In Carol Griffiths (ed) Lessons from Good Language Learners Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Shin, D. and Nation, I.S.P. (2008) Beyond single words: the most frequent collocations in spoken English. ELT Journal 62, 4: 339-348.

Webb, S. and Nation, P. (2008) Evaluating the vocabulary load of written text. TESOLANZ Journal 16: 1-10.

Read, J. and Nation, I.S.P. (2009) Introduction: Meara’s contribution to research in L2 lexical processing. T. Fitzpatrick, T. and A. Barfield (eds) Lexical Processing in Second Language Learners. Pp. 1-12. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Nation, I.S.P. (2009) Analysing vocabulary teaching techniques. In K. Namai & Y. Fukada (eds) Toward the Fusion of Language, Culture and Education from the perspectives of International and Interdisciplinary Research. A Festschrift for Professor Yasukata Yano. Tokyo: Kaitakusha. pp. 148-169.

Nation, P. and Chung, M. (2009) Teaching and testing vocabulary. In M. Long and C. Doughty (eds) Handbook of Language Teaching. Malden, Ma: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 543-559. (ISBN: 978-1-4051-5489-5, $199.95).

Nation, I.S.P. (2009) New roles for L2 vocabulary? In Li Wei and V. Cook (eds) Contemporary Applied Linguistics Volume 1: Language Teaching and Learning Continuum. Chapter 5, pp. 99-116.

Nation, I.S.P. (2009). Reading faster. International Journal of English Studies, 9(2), 131-144. (a reprint)

Nation, I.S.P. and Newton, J. (2009) Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking. New York: Routledge. 205 pages. ISBN 978-0-415-98970-1

Nation, I.S.P. (2009) Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing. New York: Routledge. 171 pages. ISBN 978-0-415-98968-8

Nation, I.S.P. (2009) 4000 Essential English Words, Books 1-6. Seoul: Compass Publishing.


Nation, I.S.P. and Macalister, J. (2010) Language Curriculum Design. New York: Routledge. 224 pages. ISBN 10: 0-415-80606-2

Nation, I.S.P. & Meara, P. (2010) Vocabulary. In N. Schmitt (ed.) An Introduction to Applied Linguistics. Edward Arnold. Second edition. pp. 34-52

Elgort, I. and Nation, I.S.P. (2010). Vocabulary learning in a second language: Familiar answers to new questions. In P. Seedhouse, S. Walsh and C. Jenks (Eds.) Conceptualising ‘learning’ in applied linguistics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 89-104.

Nation, I.S.P. (2010) Analysing vocabulary teaching techniques. Festschrift for Carmen Perez Basanta. Exploring New Paths in Language Pedagogy. Lexis and Corpus-based Language Teaching – Two Fields for Innovation. Equinox.

Nation, I.S.P. and Webb, S. (2011) Content-based instruction and vocabulary learning. Eli Hinkel (ed) Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. Volume 2, Chapter 38, pages 631-644. New York: Routledge.

Nation, I.S.P. (2011) Second language speaking. Eli Hinkel (ed) Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. Volume 2, Chapter 27, pages 444-454. New York: Routledge.

Nguyen, L. and Nation, I.S.P. (2011). A bilingual vocabulary size test of English for Vietnamese learners. RELC Journal, 42(1), 86-99.

Nation, I.S.P. (2011). Vocabulary research into practice. Language Teaching, 44(4), 529-539.

Nation, I.S.P. (2011) Systematizing vocabulary learning. In M. Simons and J. Colpaert (eds) Peer Perspectives on Systemization. Antwerp: University of Antwerp, pp. 125-134.

Nation, I.S.P. & Webb, S. (2011) Researching and Analyzing Vocabulary. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning. ISBN 10: 1-111-07118-7

Nation, I.S.P. (2011) Learning and Teaching Vocabulary: Collected Writings. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.

Macalister, J. & Nation, I.S.P. (eds) (2011) Case Studies in Language Curriculum Design. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-88232-3

Nation, I.S.P. (2011). Teaching communicative and interactive vocabulary for EFL learners. In Handoyo P. Widodo and Andrzej Cirocki (eds.) Innovation and Creativity in ELT Methodology. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Nation, I.S.P. (2011). My ideal vocabulary course. In M.H. Chau & I. A. Khairi, (Eds). Vocabulary learning in the language classroom. Petaling Jaya: MELTA-Sasbadi.

Nation, I.S.P. and Laufer, B. (2012). Vocabulary. S. Gass and A. Mackey (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. New York: Routledge. Pages 163-176.

Nation, I.S.P. and Yamamoto, A. (2012). Applying the four strands. International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research 1(2) , 167-181.

Nation, I.S.P. (2012) Teaching language in use: Vocabulary. In M. Eisenmann & T. Summer (Eds.) Basic Issues in EFL Teaching and Learning. University Winter Verlag, pp. 103-116.

Nation, P. (2012). What does every ESOL teacher need to know? Closing plenary address at the 2012 CLESOL conference in Palmerston North. TESOLANZ Journal, 20, 1-7.

Webb, S. & Nation, I.S.P. (2013). Teaching vocabulary. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, ed. Chapelle, C.A. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Webb, S. & Nation, I.S.P. (2013). Computer-assisted vocabulary load analysis. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, ed. Chapelle, C.A. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Nation, I.S.P. (2013). Vocabulary size in a second language. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, ed. Chapelle, C.A. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Nation, I.S.P. and Coxhead, A. (2013). Special purposes vocabulary. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, ed. Chapelle, C.A. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Nation, I.S.P. (2013). Vocabulary acquisition in second language acquisition. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, ed. Chapelle, C.A. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Nation, I.S.P. (2013). What should every EFL teacher know? Seoul: Compass Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59966-266-4 [ ]

Nation, I.S.P. (2013). What should every ESL teacher know? Seoul: Compass Publishing. Available free from

Nation, I.S.P. (2013). Learning Vocabulary in Another Language. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nation, I.S.P. and Anthony, L. (2013). Mid-frequency readers. Journal of Extensive Reading, 1(1), 5-16.

Wei, Z. and Nation, P (2013). The word part technique: A very useful vocabulary teaching technique. Modern English Teacher, 22(1), 12-16.

Nation, I.S.P. (2013). Review of Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners by M. Graves, D. August, and J. Mancilla-Martinez. Teachers College, Columbia University, in Teachers College Record, 115.

Nation, I.S.P. & Waring, R. (2013). Extensive Reading and Graded Readers. Seoul: Compass Publishing

Nation, I.S.P. (2014). Designing reading tasks to maximise vocabulary learning. Applied Research on English Language, 3(5), 1-8. [ ]

Nation, I.S.P. and Coxhead, A. (2014).Vocabulary size research at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Language Teaching, 47(3), 398-403.

Nation, I.S.P. (2014). How much input do you need to learn the most frequent 9,000 words? Reading in a Foreign Language, 26(2), 1-16. [ ]

Nation, P. (2014). Developing fluency. In Exploring EFL Fluency in Asia. T. Muller, J. Adamson, P.S. Brown, & S. Herder (eds), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp 11-25.

Tran, T. N. Y., & Nation, I. S. P. (2014). Reading speed improvement in a speed reading course and its effect on language memory span. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, 11(1), 5-20. [ ]

Coxhead, A, Nation, I.S.P. & Sim, D. (2014). Creating and trialling six forms of the Vocabulary Size Test. TESOLANZ Journal, 22: 13-26.

Nation, P. (2014). What you need to know to learn a foreign language.

Beglar, D. and Nation, I.S.P. (2014).Chapter 10: Assessing vocabulary. In A.J. Kunnan (ed.) The Companion to Language Assessment. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, pages 172-184

Nation, Paul. (2014). Mid-frequency readers. In A. Coxhead (Ed.) New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary. Alexandria, Va: TESOL Press, pages 130-131.

Nation, P. (2015). Principles guiding vocabulary learning through extensive reading. Reading in a Foreign Language, 27(1), 136-145.

Nation, I.S.P. (2015).Chapter 33: Which words do you need? In J.R. Taylor (ed.). Handbook of the Word. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 568-581.

Coxhead, A, Nation, I.S.P. & Sim, D. (2015). Measuring the vocabulary size of native speakers of English in New Zealand secondary schools. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 50(1), 121-135.

Nation, P. (2015). Changing my mind about the role of the teacher in language teaching. Contact (TESL Ontario), 41(3), 36-37.

Collins, B. & Nation, P. (2015). Testing receptive knowledge of derivational affixes. Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research, (4)1, 6-3.


Nation, I.S.P. (2016). A lexical journey. In Becoming and Being an Applied Linguist. R. Ellis (ed.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 47-58.

Nation, P. (2016). Response to Tom Cobb. Reading in a Foreign Language, 28(2), 305-306.

Nation, P. & Anthony, L. (2016). Measuring vocabulary size. In Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Volume III, E. Hinkel (Ed.) New York: Routledge, Chapter 26, 355-368.

Nation, I. S. P. (2016). Making and Using Word Lists for Language Learning and Testing. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Nation, P. (2017). How vocabulary is learned, Indonesian Journal of English Language Teaching, 12(1), 1-14.

Webb, S. & Nation, I.S.P. Nation. (2017). How Vocabulary is Learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Van Hees, J. & Nation, P. (2017). What every Primary School Teacher should Know about Vocabulary? Wellington: NZCER.

Nation, P. (2018). Reading a whole book to learn vocabulary. ITL – International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 69(1), 30-43.

Coxhead, A., Nation, I. S. P., Woods, L., & Sim, D. (2018). Group vs. individual: How administration procedure can affect vocabulary test scores. New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 24(2), 29-46.

Nation, P. (2018). First person singular: Keeping it practical and keeping it simple. Language Teaching, 5(1), 138-146.

Schmitt, N., Nation, I.S.P., & Kremmel, B. (2020). Moving the field of vocabulary assessment forward: The need for more rigorous test development and validation. Language Teaching, 53(1), 109-120.

Nation, P. (2019). Interview. ETAS Journal (Switzerland), 36(2), 19-20.

Nation, P., & Gu, Y. (2019). Teaching and learning vocabulary in EFL. Beijing, China: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

Nation, I. S.P. & Waring, R. (2020). Teaching Extensive Reading in Another Language. New York: Routledge.

Nation, I. S. P. & Macalister, J. (2020). Language Curriculum Design. (second edition) Routledge, New York.

Bauer, L., & Nation, I. S. P. (2020). English Morphology for the Language Teaching Profession. Routledge, New York.

Newton, J. & Nation, I. S. P. (2021). Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking. (second edition) Routledge, New York.

Nation, I. S. P. & Macalister, J. (2021). Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing. (second edition) Routledge, New York.

Nation, P. (2020). An interview with Professor Paul Nation by Olivia Kennedy. The Language Teacher, 44(1), 23-26.

Stoeckel, T., McLean, S. & Nation, P. (2020). Limitations of size and levels tests of written receptive vocabulary knowledge. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1-23.