Professor of Applied Linguistics
A career devoted to education, more particularly second-language learning, has Professor of Applied Linguistics John Bitchener receiving international recognition for his work.
Professor Bitchener’s research looks at the potential of written corrective feedback in second-language learning, an area that is highly controversial with theorists across the world.His work has taken him to Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia and not only does he present papers in second language learning but also on thesis writing and the expectations of the academic community.
Two of his most recent achievements in these research fields have been the publishing of two books, one on written corrective feedback and second language learning and the other on thesis writing. In addition he is currently working on two new book contracts, in his areas of expertise, with Multilingual Matters and Routledge.
He was given a Fulbright Travel Grant in 2008 to conduct research at the University of California Davis and Purdue University and was asked to present papers at TESOL and AAAL conferences in Denver while in the USA. This led to numerous annual invitations to present seminars and workshops both here in New Zealand and internationally.
Nationally Professor Bitchener has been granted three Ako Aotearoa (National Centre for tertiary teaching) funds and in 2000 he was part of a curriculum design consultancy provided to four private language schools in the Auckland region. From 2004 to 2009 he was the president of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and in the same year became the editor of New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, a position he stepped down from in 2010. He still remains on five editorial boards. He was also the New Zealand representative on AILA, the International Association of Applied Linguistics from 2007 until 2009.
Professor John Bitchener's extended academic profile