Dr Darryl Hocking

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6802

Email: dhocking@aut.ac.nz


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Macquarie)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Auckland)
  • RSA Diploma.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication (ICDC).

Teaching Areas:

  • Master of English and New Media Studies
  • Master of Arts (Applied Language Study)
  • Master of Language and Culture
  • Bachelor of Arts (English and New Media)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing).

Research Areas:

  • Discourse analysis
  • Discourse of new and social media
  • Art and design communication (educational and professional contexts)
  • Discursive construction of creativity
  • Academic literacies (especially in creative disciplines)
  • Corpus and genre analysis

Current Research Projects:


A selection of current and completed research supervisions:

  • PhD: Creating a computer programme to determine patterns in context in a corpus (co-supervisor).
  • PhD: Critical Discourse Analysis of Sawaleif Satirical Articles (co-supervisor). 
  • PhD: An investigation into how and when international L2 students consciously apply their IELTS learning in their first year undergraduate writing practices (co-supervisor).
  • MA: Rolling back the years: A comparative discourse study of anti-ageing product advertisements in the1970s and 2000s (secondary).
  • MENMS: What conceptualisation of feminism is constituted through online feminist news media and how does this differ from feminism presented in key theoretical feminist texts? (primary)
  • MENMS: Influences on the ability to recognise fake news in social media (primary).
  • MENMS: Instagram, influencers and influencing (primary).
  • MENMS: The benefits of integrating WeChat cell phone messaging into a Chinese College English Course for non-English major students (primary).
  • MENMS: Reflections on the design and development of language educational resources in the three-dimensional virtual reality environment High Fidelity (primary).
  • BA (Hons): A metaphor analysis of New Zealand news media's coverage of Internet MANA and the marriage of convenience (primary).
  • BA (Hons): "I'm in ur memes, discoursin' ur languagez': Investigating everyday creativity in internet memes (primary).



  • Hocking, D. (2018). Communicating Creativity: The discursive facilitation of creative activity in arts. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Dellar, H., Walkley, A. and Hocking, D. (2004). Innovations: a course in natural English. Intermediate [Coursebook]. London, UK Thomson/Heinle.
  • Dellar, H., Hocking, D. and Walkley, A. (2003). Innovations: A course in natural English. Upper-intermediate. 2nd edition [Coursebook and Teachers’ Book]. London, UK Thomson Heinle.
  • Dellar, H. and Hocking, D. (2000). Innovations [Coursebook and Teachers’ Book ]. Hove, UK Language Teaching.

Book chapters

  • Hocking, D. (2015). The use of corpus analysis in a multi-perspectival study of creative practice. In P. Baker & T. McEnery (Eds.), Corpora and discourse studies: Integrating discourse and corpora. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed articles

  • Hocking, D. (2018). Conversation words in art and design practice: A corpus-based ethnography. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, 13 (1-3). 196-220
  • Willmore, J. and Hocking, D. (2017). Internet meme creativity as everyday conversation. Journal of Asia Pacific Pop Culture, 2 (2) 140-166
  • Hocking, D. (2016). Motivation in the tertiary art and design studio: A multi-perspectival discourse analysis. Text & Talk, 36 (2) 155-177.
  • Hocking, D. (2011). The discursive construction of creativity as work in a tertiary art and design environment. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice 7(2) 235-255.
  • Hocking, D and Fieldhouse, W. (2011). Implementing academic literacies in practice. New Zealand Journal of Education Studies, 46 (1) 35-47
  • Hocking, D. & Toh, G. (2010). EAP writing: Reflections on divergent perceptions and expectations among tutors and students. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching, 12. 161-184.
  • Toh, G. & Hocking, D. (2010) Good idea and opinion seem not important: Reflections on students' conceptualisations of academic writing. TESOL Journal 3, 49-63.
  • Hocking, D. (2003). The genre of the postgraduate exegesis in art and design: An ethnographic examination. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics 8(2): 54-77.
  • Turner, J. & Hocking, D. (2004). Synergy in art and language: positioning the language specialist in contemporary fine arts study. Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education 3(3) 149-162.

International conference presentations

  • Hocking, D. (2017). The discursive construction of creativity as ideas. 7th Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD). Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Hocking, D. (2016). Metaphor, power, inequality and the facilitation of student creative activity. 4th International Symposium on Discourse Analysis: Discourse and Social Inequalities. Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Hocking, D. (2014). Enriching the study of academic discourse through case studies of professional practice. 4th International Conference Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Hocking, D. (2014). Motivation in the tertiary art and design studio: A multi-perspectived approach to the critical analysis of discourse. 5th International Conference Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD), Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Hocking, D. (2012). A multi-perspective study of motivation in the situated context of a tertiary art and design studio. 2nd International Conference, Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. UTS, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hocking, D. (2011). The discursive construction of creativity as work. 3rd New Zealand Discourse Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Hocking, D. (2011). The brief genre and the facilitation of creative activity. Genre Variation in English Academic Communication: Emerging Trends and Disciplinary Insights. An International Conference hosted by CERLIS. University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy.
  • Hocking, D. (2010). The discursive construction of creativity as work: facilitating creative practice in the tertiary art and design studio. Second Conference of the Asia-Pacific Rim LSP and Professional Communication Association, Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Hocking, D. (2006) Negotiating an emergent disciplinary genre: An ethnographic examination. Joint AAAL & ACLA/CAAL Conference, Hotel Hyatt Montreal. Montreal, Canada.
  • Hocking, D & Fieldhouse, W. (2003) Academic literacies in visual communication: uniting content and language to develop critical literacies in western visual arts education. International Conference of Language, Education and Diversity, Waikato University, Hamilton.
  • Hocking, D. (2002) The visual arts dissertation: A socio-historical analysis of an emerging genre situated at the nexus of modern and post modern cultural trends. Knowledge and Discourse 2, University of Hong Kong.
  • Hocking, D. (2001). The genre of the visual arts dissertation. Summer Colloquium. English Language Institute, University of Michigan.
  • Hocking, D. (2000). The citation in arts and humanities writing: a genre analysis and pedagogy. CLESOL, Auckland.
  • Hocking, D. (1999). The visual arts dissertation: a genre analysis located in rhetorical frameworks. International Language for Specific Purposes Forum, Univerzita Karlova (Charles University), Prague.
  • Hocking, D. (1998). Reading texts and the argument construct: using citations effectively. British Association of Lecturers for Academic Purposes, Professional Interest Meeting. Glasgow University, Glasgow.


  • Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence (2014).
  • Auckland University of Technology, Faculty of Culture and Society Research Awards, Commendation (2014).
  • Auckland University of Technology, Distinguished Teaching Award (2003).
  • Morley Scholarship English Language Institute, University of Michigan, USA (2001).