Associate Professor Martin East



Dr Martin East is Associate Dean (Research Development), Faculty of Education and an Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Martin is an experienced teacher at both secondary and tertiary level, and has taught in England and New Zealand. His past experience has included head of department responsibility for languages other than English in schools, and work with both pre-service and in-service teachers of languages. He is an active member of several professional associations. Martin is currently editor of the peer-reviewed professional journal of NZALT, The New Zealand Language Teacher, and is President of the Association from mid-2013 to mid-2015.

Research | Current

Martin's research and teaching interests focus on two broad areas: second language acquisition and assessment, and the development of policies to support the teaching and learning of languages other than English in contexts where English is the predominant language. He regularly presents at national and international conferences. Recent articles have appeared in Language and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language Assessment Quarterly and Assessing Writing. He is the author of Dictionary use in foreign language writing exams, published in 2008 as part of the Language Learning and Language Teaching series of John Benjamins Publishers, and Task-based language teaching from the teachers’ perspective, published in 2012 as part of the Task-Based Language Teaching: Issues, Research and Practice series of John Benjamins. 


Teaching | Current

  • Language Teacher Education in the schools sector (languages other than English and Māori)

Postgraduate supervision

Martin supervises both masters and doctoral students (Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education) in a range of areas centred around effective language teaching and learning practices.

Areas of expertise

  • Language teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • Language teacher education (teaching languages in schools).

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • 2012 - 2013: Acting Chair: University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee B
  • 2012 - 2013: Chair: Faculty of Education Research Committee
  • 2012 - 2013 : Chair: Postgraduate Research Approvals and Examinations sub-committee
  • 2009 - 2010: Faculty of Education Research Committee
  • 2008 - 2010: School of Arts, Languages and Literacies Research Committee

Professional links

  • New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)
  • Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ)
  • Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • East, M. (2014). Coming to terms with innovative high-stakes assessment practice: Teachers' viewpoints on assessment reform. Language Testing, Online first.10.1177/0265532214544393
  • East, M. (2014). Mediating pedagogical innovation via reflective practice: a comparison of pre-service and in-service teachers' experiences. Reflective Practice, 15 (5), 686-699. 10.1080/14623943.2014.944128
  • East, M. R. (2014). Encouraging innovation in a modern foreign language initial teacher education programme: What do beginning teachers make of task-based language teaching?. The Language Learning Journal, 42 (3), 261-274. 10.1080/09571736.2013.856455


Contact details

Primary location

Level 1, Room 101
New Zealand

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