John Bitchener

Professor of Applied Linguistics / Emeritus Professor

A career devoted to education, more particularly second language learning and research supervision, has Professor John Bitchener receiving international recognition for his work.
Professor Bitchener’s research looks at the potential of written corrective feedback to facilitate second language development, an area that has been controversial with theorists, researchers and teachers across the world, and the role of feedback from supervisors to their doctoral students.
His work has taken him to more than 25 universities in Europe, the UK, the USA, Asia and Australia where he is frequently invited as a visiting international professor or scholar to present talks, seminars and workshops and consult on second language writing. Most recently (2017), he was invited to the National Institute of Education in Singapore to deliver a keynote address and two plenary talks on supervision and dissertation writing.
He has published extensively in leading international journals like Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Teaching in Higher Education, Language Teaching, Language Teaching Research, and Assessing Writing. He is also the co-author of two books on written corrective feedback: Written corrective feedback in second language acquisition and writing with Ferris (Routledge, 2012) and Written corrective feedback for L2 development with Storch (Multilingual Matters, 2016).

At the same time, his attention has also been given to the supervision of doctoral students and, in recognition of his national and international work in this area, he was awarded the university Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award in 2011, the Faculty of Culture and Society’s individual research award in 2010, 2012, 2013 and the Ako Aotearoa National Project Funding Award for Tertiary Education, 2010-2012, to research effective supervisory practice.

As well as publishing this work in a number of invited collections and special journal issues, he is well known for his Writing an Applied Linguistics thesis or dissertation: A guide to presenting empirical research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). In 2017, two new books have been published with Routledge: a co-edited book with Storch and Wette entitled Teaching writing for academic purposes to multilingual students: Instructional approaches and a sole authored book entitled A guide to supervising non-native English writers of theses and dissertations: Focusing on the writing process.

From 2004 to 2009, he was President of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and during this period was editor of TESOLANZ Journal and New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics. He is currently Associate Editor of the highly ranked Journal of Second Language Writing. In 2015, he was Chair of the Second Language Writing conference (SSLW) at AUT.