John Macalister, Ph.D

Professor: TESOL

John Macalister is a TESOL Professor at Anaheim University and Head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and immediate past president of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand. His work in language curriculum design and language teaching methodology have been highlighted in two books published by Routledge and co-authored with Professor Paul Nation. One of the defining characteristics of John’s work is the link between research and practice with a recent example being the design of an English curriculum for trainee seafarers in Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific.As well as Kiribati and New Zealand, John has worked in Namibia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vanuatu.

Kia ora tatou, and welcome. I’m excited to begin teaching on the TESOL program at Anaheim, and look forward to getting to know you and to learn about the challenges in your part of the world over the next few weeks.


  • John Macalister, I.S.P. Nation. (2011) Case Studies in Language Curriculum Design. New York:Routledge.
  • I.S.P Nation, John Macalister. (2009) Language Curriculum Design. New York:Routledge.