Professor Martin East
PhD, CELTA, MA, PGCE, BA (Hons)
Martin East is Professor of Language Education in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics where he primarily teaches courses in language teaching and learning. Prior to this appointment, Martin was a language teacher educator in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, where he worked mainly with pre-service teachers of languages other than English.
Martin is an experienced teacher of languages at both secondary and tertiary levels, and has taught in England and New Zealand. He is an active member of several professional associations. Martin is currently President of the International Association for Task-Based Language Teaching.
Research | Current
- Second language acquisition
- Second language assessment
- Policy development to support language teaching and learning
Martin's research and teaching interests focus on two broad areas: second language acquisition / second language assessment, and the development of policies to support the teaching and learning of languages other than English in contexts where English is the predominant language. He regularly presents at national and international conferences. His articles have appeared in a range of international journals, including Language Teaching, Language Testing, Language and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language Assessment Quarterly and Assessing Writing. He is the author of three books: Dictionary Use in Foreign Language Writing Exams: Impact and Implications (2008), Task-Based Language Teaching from the Teachers’ Perspective (2012), and Assessing Foreign Language Students' Spoken Proficiency: Stakeholder Perspectives on Assessment Innovation (2016).
Teaching | Current
LANGTCHG 202 Introductory English Language Analysis for Teachers
LANGTCHG 300 Theory and Practice of Language Teaching
LANGTCHG 710 Task-Based Language Teaching
GLOBAL 100 Intercultural Communication
Martin supervises both doctoral and masters students in a range of areas centred around effective language teaching, learning and assessment practices.
2016: National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award
2015: University of Auckland Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award
2015: Faculty of Education and Social Work Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award
2017 - date: Co-Editor-in-Chief, Assessing Writing
2015 - 2017: Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education and Social Work
2012 - 2014: Associate Dean Research Development, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Areas of expertise
- Language teaching, learning and assessment.
- Language teacher education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels
- 2012 - 2013: Acting Chair: University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee B
- 2012 - 2013: Chair: Faculty of Education Research Committee
- 2012 - 2013 : Chair: Postgraduate Research Approvals and Examinations sub-committee
- 2009 - 2010: Faculty of Education Research Committee
- 2008 - 2010: School of Arts, Languages and Literacies Research Committee
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- East, M. (2017). Research into practice: The task-based approach to instructed second language acquisition. Language Teaching, 50 (3), 412-424. 10.1017/S026144481700009X
- East, M. (2016). Assessing foreign language students' spoken proficiency: Stakeholder perspectives on assessment innovation. Singapore: Springer. Pages: 227. 10.1007/978-981-10-0303-5
- East, M. (2015). Coming to terms with innovative high-stakes assessment practice: Teachers’ viewpoints on assessment reform. Language Testing, 32 (1), 101-120. 10.1177/0265532214544393
- East, M. (2014). Mediating pedagogical innovation via reflective practice: a comparison of pre-service and in-service teachers' experiences. Reflective Practice, 15 (5), 686-699. 10.1080/14623943.2014.944128
- East, M. R. (2014). Encouraging innovation in a modern foreign language initial teacher education programme: What do beginning teachers make of task-based language teaching?. The Language Learning Journal, 42 (3), 261-274. 10.1080/09571736.2013.856455