Dr Rosemary May Erlam

MA(Hons), PhD (University of Auckland)


I originally trained as a Speech-Language Therapist and spent some time working in education and more particularly in health, where I developed a special interest in the treatment of aphasia.

I then used my New Zealand teaching qualification to gain experience in teaching French and English as second languages, both in New Zealand and overseas. I returned to The University of Auckland to complete a Master of Arts majoring in French in 1999. My PhD, also completed at The University of Auckland, was a classroom based study investigating the effectiveness of different methods of form-focused instruction in L2 French.

Research interests

Form-focused instruction, teacher education, instructed second/foreign language learning in the NZ school system, task-based language teaching.

Research | Current

  • Form-focused instruction – the relative effectiveness of different instructional approaches (deductive/inductive instruction, input-based/output-based instruction)
  • Task-based language teaching and its implementation in the New Zealand foreign language classroom
  • Language assessment
  • Teacher education
  • Language aptitude – the relationship between the effectiveness of instructional methods and language aptitude

Dr Rosemary Erlam's Research

Teaching | Current

LANGTCHG 202 Introductory English Language Analysis for Teachers

LANGTCHG 310/700 Literature in Second Language Learning

LANGTCHG 733 Second/Foreign Language Teaching Practice

Postgraduate supervision

Form-focused instruction

Language assessment

task-based language teaching

Language Teacher education

Dr Rosemary Erlam's Postgraduate Supervision


University of Auckland prize for the Best Doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Arts in the year 2003


Academic Director, TPDL (Teacher Professional Development Languages) programme

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Office hours

by appointment

Primary location

Level 2, Room 212
New Zealand

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