Dr Jennifer Jones

LTCL Lond., MProfStud(Hons) LangTchg, PhD, DipTchg Auck.


Jenny is an English Language Consultant in English Language Enrichment (ELE). She has worked in language education in a range of contexts from primary school classrooms in New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya to the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics (DALSL) and ELE at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are in the field of sociolinguistics, in areas such as bilingual education, language teacher education, and language planning. She is particularly interested in carrying out studies that use ethnographic and narrative methodologies. 


Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand 2010 Best Thesis Award


Provides a range of services to develop students' academic English.

  • Collaborates with academic staff to integrate academic English development into the curriculum
  • Contributes to the Doctoral Skills Programme to help candidates develop and improve the skills needed to complete a major research project
  • Creates online tutorials and resources to support academic English language learning
  • Facilitates the “Let’s talk” speaking groups
  • Offers individual consultations to help develop academic English language learning

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jones, J. M. (2014). "Let’s talk": Effective university language learning through conversing with others. Paper presented at CLESOL 2014 Conference, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. 11 July - 13 July 2014. Related URL.
  • Jones, J. M. (2014). Malaysian BEd TESOL students’ language choices in New Zealand: What role does identity play?. Paper presented at AILA World Congress 2014, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia. 10 August - 15 August 2014. Related URL.
  • Jones, J. M. (2014). The 'ideal' vs. the 'reality': Medium of instruction policy and implementation in different class levels in a western Kenyan school. Current Issues in Language Planning, 15 (1), 22-38. 10.1080/14664208.2014.857565
  • Jones, J. M. (2013). Identity and its effect on Malaysian BEd TESOL students' language choices in New Zealand. Paper presented at 3rd Combined Conference of The Applied Linguistics Associations of New Zealand and of Australia (ALANZ& ALAA), Victoria University, Wellington. 27 November - 29 November 2013.
  • Jones, J. M. (2012). Language at the brink of conflict: micro-language planning in one western Kenyan school. Language Policy, 11 (2), 119-143. 10.1007/s10993-011-9221-8
  • Jones, J. M. (2012). The effect of language attitudes on Kenyan stakeholder involvement in mother tongue policy implementation. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 33 (3), 237-250. 10.1080/01434632.2012.661736
  • Jones, J. M., & Barkhuizen, G. (2011). ‘It is two-way traffic’: teachers' tensions in the implementation of the Kenyan language-in-education policy. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 14 (5), 513-530. 10.1080/13670050.2010.532540
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Barkhuizen
  • Jones, J. M. (2008). Teachers' views and practice: The place of the mother tongue in the implementation of the Kenyan language-in-education policy. New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 14 (2), 45-58. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 334
New Zealand