Lecturer ESOL and EAS
MA (Applied) in Applied Linguistics (Hons) Waikato, Dip Tchg.
Before coming to AUT, Jeff Saunders taught languages including French and Maori in a New Zealand secondary school, English and agriculture in Papua New Guinea with VSA, and entered the field of English as a Second Language (ESOL) with the Adult Migrant Education Service (AMES) in Australia.
Jeffs research and professional interests focus on the role that bilingual delivery might play in ELT to low level beginners as well as the incorporation of tangata whenua (Maori) matters into ESOL programmes in line with our responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Jeff is a grammar nerd.
In mid 2008 Jeff was appointed as one of two Equity Leaders for the School of Languages. This role focuses on improving the success and retention rates among Pasifika and Maori students in the School of Languages and involves looking at teaching and learning styles as well as ways in which these students can be supported to succeed.
Jeff co-authored with Keryn McDermott a paper presented to the Learning Conference in London in June 2003 entitled Bilingual Delivery of ESOL Programmes to Refugees and contributed that paper to the International Journal of Learning, Volume 10, 2003, edited by Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope and published in Australia by Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd in 2004.