Dr Jannie Adriana van Hees

EdD, MA, BEd, DipTchg, DipTESOL, TTC


As a Dutch immigrant to New Zealand, Jannie has been fully immersed in duality of language and culture. This has shaped her world view and been a strong influence on her chosen educational and research pursuits. Prior to beginning her career in education as a primary school teacher, later also teaching at secondary and tertiary levels, she worked in a variety of science fields. Her teaching posts included Government-appointed education and training projects in the Cook Islands and China, and volunteer teaching work in the Philippines.

Jannie’s educational expertise draws on this wide span of experience as a classroom teacher and teacher educator, nationally and internationally. At the heart of all her work is language, central to self, and fullness of meaning-making and participation so that all students and families, diverse culturally and linguistically, can access and participate in New Zealand education and society as effectively and inclusively as possible. She has developed a number of widely acclaimed Ministry of Education national programmes as well as a wide range of educational materials and resources.

Research | Current

  • 2011-2012 - Development of a research dissemination prototype – Faculty of Education and Cognition Institute
  • 2010-2012 - Intensive Oral Language in the early year of schooling

Recent Projects

  • 2008-2011 - Classroom interactional and discouse patterns: An investigation
  • 2010-2012 - Intensive Oral Language programme – Years 1-2 classes in low socio-economic schools
  • 2000-2012 - Project Director and Developer - Oracy, Literacy, Learning Initiative.
  • 2002-2012 - Project Director and Developer - English Language Assistants Professional Development
  • 1999-2001 - Project Director and Developer - The Home-School Partnership Pasifika Initiative.
  • 2007-2009 - Developer and Trainer: Bilingual Assessments. Ministry of Education, Auckland

Co-author of the English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP)  for the Ministry of Education, used as core reference document in all schools for gauging progress of English language learners.

In the Public Eye

  • Public seminar (2012): Talking with children
  • Work in progress: Wiki for English Language Assistants professional development programme

International studies/projects

  • 2010 Appliable Discourse Analysis with Christian Matthiessen – pre-congress one week workshop – 37th SFL Congress, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2004-2009 Co-ordinator / lecturer: French teacher trainees overseas programme – partnership between Alsace University and The University of Auckland
  • 1992-1993 ANZAC Fellowship - 4 months research study - Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide
  • 1989 NZ Teaching Team to China - MERT  - 6 months
  • 1989-90 The Manila Project
    • teaching / support worker - orphanages in Manila - young children & rural teenage girls
    • supporting / working with Smokey Mountain workers
  • 1980-1981 Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) 2 years on Atiu - outer island of the southern Cook Islands


  • 2010 Marie Clay Literacy Trust Research Scholarship
  • 2009/10 University of Auckland doctoral scholarship
  • 2006-9 Cognition Education Research Trust Award – consecutive award yearly
  • 2005 NZCER Beeby Fellowship
  • 1995 University of Auckland – scholarship for masters’ studies
  • 1992-93 ANZAC Fellowship - research fellow - four months in Australia
  • 1995 member of the Rewi Elley New Zealand delegation to China
  • 1990-1999 New Settlers & Multicultural Education Coordinator - Auckland
  • 1989 member of the NZ Teaching Team to China, MERT, Foreign Affairs Department
  • 1988 University of Auckland - senior prize in Education
  • 1984 study award, Ministry of Education, postgraduate studies – Dip TESOL, Victoria University
  • 1980-1981 Volunteer Service Abroad - Atiu, the Cook Islands


  • Project Director / trainer / facilitator: English Language Assistants’ Professional Development Programme (UniServices & Ministry of Education)
  • Project Director / facilitator: cost recovery work in schools
  • Theses supervisor: School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice – 0.06 position

Areas of expertise

  • Applied linguistics and pedagogy, with special interest in:
  • classroom interactional and discourse patterns
  • developing orally rich, dialogic classrooms
  • cognitive and linguistic expansion
  • vocabulary expansion
  • crafted writing and crafting writing
  • Teaching-and-learning in low socio-economic schools
  • Classroom-based evidence - classroom observation and analysis
  • Effective whole school professional development models
  • Paraprofessional training as English language assistants
  • Cultural / linguistic inclusion and home-school partnerships

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • TESOLANZ / CLESOL member
  • Member of Manaiakalani Academics Team

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • van Hees, J. (2012). Optimising expressive and interactional conditions in the classroom: Reality and possibilities.. Paper presented at 39th ISFC conference, UTS, Sydney, Australia. 16 July - 16 July 2012. Related URL.
  • van Hees, J. A. (2011). Revealing Realities: Using the camera as a reflective tool. Paper presented at University of Auckland Showcase, University of Auckland. 25 October 2011.
  • van Hees, J. (2011). Optimising the quality and quantity of oral expression in the classroom. Paper presented at AKTESOL Expo 2011, Auckland. 20 August - 20 August 2011.
  • van Hees, J. A. (2011). The expressive realities of five and six year old students in year 1 and 2 classes in low socioeconomic schools. SET, 2011 (3), 47-54.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14667
  • van Hees, J. A. G. (2011). Oral Expression of Five and Six Year Olds in Low Socio-economic Schools The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • van Hees, J. (2011). Investigating the vocabulary realities of young students in low-socio economic schools. Paper presented at AKTESOL Expo 2011, Auckland. 20 August - 20 August 2011.
  • van Hees, J. A. (2010). 'What's going on in your lesson?' Revealing classroom realities to teachers through the eye of a camera. Paper presented at TEFANZ National Biennial Conference 2010: Teacher Education Matters, University of Auckland. 26 October - 28 October 2010.
  • van Hees, J. (2010). Revealing young children’s oral expression in the classroom using SFL and OB XT (human behaviour analysis software). Paper presented at 37th SFL Conference, Vancouver, Canada. 16 July - 19 July 2010.

Contact details

Alternative contact

027 495 2684