Rod Ellis

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Rod Ellis
Born (1940-08-21) 21 August 1940 (age 78)
Auckland, New Zealand
Known for
  • 1985: Best book prize (British Association of Applied Linguists)
  • 1988: Modern Language Association of America prize
  • 1995: Duke of Edinburgh best book prize
  • 2013: Appointed Distinguished Profess in the University of Auckland
  • 2014: Appointed Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
WebsiteEllis on the website of Curtin University

Rod Ellis is a Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize-winner British linguist. He is currently a Research Professor in the School of Education, Curtin University in Perth Australia. He is also a professor at Anaheim University, a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University as part of China’s Chang Jiang Scholars Program and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Auckland. He has recently been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.


Ellis received a Master of Arts from the University of Leeds, a Master of Education from the University of Bristol, and a doctorate from the University of London.


His published work includes articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His latest book is Becoming and Being an Applied Linguist (John Benjamins). Other recent publications include are Language Teaching Research and Language Pedagogy in 2012, (Wiley-Blackwell), (with Natsuko Shintani) Exploring Language Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition Research in 2014 (Routledge) and Understanding Second Language Acquisition 2nd Edition in 2015 (Oxford University Press). He has also published several English language textbooks, including Impact Grammar (Pearson: Longman). He has held university positions in six different countries and has also conducted numerous consultancies and seminars throughout the world.

He is a leading theorist of task-based language learning, and has published two books and more than a dozen articles on the subject.[1][2] Since 1980,

His research interests include: Second language acquisition, individual learner differences, form-focussed instruction, teacher education, course design and methodology of language teaching.[1]


Private life[edit]

He has four children, including James Ellis, 22.

Selected publications[edit]


  • 1984 Classroom Second Language Development. Oxford: Pergamon (subsequently reprinted in 1987 by Prentice Hall).
  • 1985 Understanding Second Language Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (awarded prize by British Association of Applied Linguists).
  • 1987 Second Language Acquisition in Context (ed.), Prentice Hall (awarded prize by Modern Language Association of America).
  • 1989 Classroom Language Learning (ed), Special issue of System (Vol. 17,2).
  • 1990 Instructed Second Language Acquisition, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • 1992 Second Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy, Clevedon, Avon: Multilingual Matters.
  • 1993 The Study of Second Language Acquisition, Oxford: Oxford University Press (awarded the Duke of Edinburgh prize for the best book in applied linguistics)
  • 1998 Research and Language Teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 1999 First Steps in Reading: A Teacher’s handbook for Using Starter Readers in the Primary School. Oxford: Heinemann.
  • 1999 Learning a Second Language Through Interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2000 "Form-Focussed Instruction and Second Language Learning" (ed.). Special issue of Language Learning. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • 2003 Task-based Language Learning and Teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2004/5 Analyzing Learner Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press (with Gary Barkhuizen)
  • 2004/5 Planning in Task-based Performance. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (editor).
  • 2008 The Study of Second Language Acquisition (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2009 Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Learning, Testing and Teaching, Bristol, UK, Multilingual Matters (with S Loewen, C Elder, R Erlam, J Philp and H Reinders)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Professor Rod Ellis". The University of Auckland, New Zealand, Faculty of Arts. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Ellis, Rod (September 2006). "The Methodology of Task-Based Teaching". Asian EFL Journal. 8 (3). Archived from the original on 2008-03-30.