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Dr Rod Ellis

Dr Rod Ellis Dr Rod Ellis


Position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Education
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 501.98 Level 4
Phone 08 9266 4850
Google Scholar Ellis
Scopus Author Identifier, Rod

Brief Summary

My research intersts lies in the interface between second language acquisition research, language pedagogy and teacher education. Areas of second language acquisition I am actively involved in are (1) order and sequence of L2 acquisition, (2) variability in learner language, (3)  input and interaction in an L2 and (4)  instructed second language learn ing.  The main areas of language pedagogy I am interested in are task-based language teaching and grammar teaching.  I have worked in language teacher education for forty five years  in Zambia, United Kingdom, Japan, United States, New Zealand, China and now Australia. My particular foicus is how teachers can create effective contexts for language acquisition in the talk that takes place in classrooms.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Best book prize (British Association of Applied Linguists), 1985 for Understanding Second Language Acquisition

Modern Language Association of America prize, 1988 for Second Language Acquisition  in Context (ed.)

Duke of Edinburgh  best book prize,  1995 for The Study of Second language Acquisition

Appointed Distinguished Profess in the University of Auckland, 2013

Appointed  Fellow  of Royal Society of New Zealand, 2014

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Employment History

1989- 1993 Temple University Japan : Professor,

1993- 1998 Temple University Philadelphia:  Professor of TESOL

1998-2003 University of Auckland :Professor; Head of the Department ofApplied Language Studies and Linguistics (DALSL) 2003 -2005 University of Auckland: Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts

2003 -2012  University of Auckland:  Professor in DALSL

2013 -2016 University of Auckland: Distinguished Professor in DALSL 2016- now Curtin University: Research Professor in the School of Education

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I have graduate level courses on:

Second language Acquisition

Second Language Classroom Research

Individual Differfences in Language Learniung

Task-based Language Teaching

Analyzing Learner language

Instructed Second Language Learning

Stlistics and the Teaching of Literature

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

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Research Interests

The following completed research projects are indicative of my major research interests:

The role of explicit knowledge of a second la nguage in second la nguage proficiency and acquisition (2001-2004) Principle  investigator;  funded  by  the  Marsden  Fund  grant  from  the  Royal  Society   of  New   Zea land   (value  NZ$ 390,000); acting as the p ri nciple investigator; developing tests of implicit and explicit knowledge of a second language; examining the relationship between these tests and standard measures of L2 proficiency (e.g. IELTS); investigating experimentally whether teachi ng explicit knowledge contributes to the development of implicit knowledge.  Results  published  as a book  in 2009 by Mult ilingual Matters.

Evaluation of Learning  Languages Funding (2005)

Principal investigator; funded by the Ministry of Education, Wellington; evaluating the use schools had made of funding for initiating  projects  in  foreign  language education  in New Zealand schools.

Effects of corrective feedback in task-based language teaching (2015 - now)

An experimental study; exam ining the effects of immediate and delayed feedback on the acquisition of past passive by Chinese junior high school students; investigating the effects of pre-task explicit  instruction. Funded by University of Auckland

The Role of Input-based Tasks in Teaching French to High School Beginner Learners (2015 - now).  A classroom-based project involving the development of input-based language teaching materials and investiugating their effect on language learning   Funded by the University of Auickland

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Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Research)

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