Dr Constanza Tolosa

EdD, MA Applied Linguistics, MA Education, BA


Dr Constanza Tolosa is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education.

Constanza has been a language educator in her native Colombia, in the United States, and in New Zealand. She has worked in pre-service and in-service teacher education, and held different administrative positions in bilingual education before coming to New Zealand.

Research | Current

The focus of Constanza's research is learning and teaching of additional (foreign / international) languages. Her research interests include teachers’ beliefs and practices, language learning / teaching, language teacher education, and the use of technologies in language teaching. Constanza's current areas of research include the implementation of the Learning Languages curriculum in primary schools in New Zealand and the use of technologies in language teaching and language teacher education.

Current Projects

  • Communication tasks for effective learning in the foreign language classroom. Co-researcher with Rosemary Erlam.
  • Enhancing the intercultural capability of students of additional languages in New Zealand’s intermediate schools (TLRI funded project)

Recent Projects

  • Future-oriented teacher education and professional learning: Evolving and adapting pedagogies when teaching with mobile technologies (FRDF funded project)
  • Teachers’ and students’ perspectives on on-line languages programmes offered by the Virtual Learning Network Primary (ALLIS funded project)
  • Making learning visible through feedback via mobile technologies
  • On-line written peer feedback between foreign language school-aged beginners

Teaching | Current

  • EDCURSEC 687: Studies in CUrriculum and Pedagogy (Languages)
  • EDCURSEC 668 to 675: Teaching Languages in Secondary Schools
  • EDPROFST 360: Teaching Languages in Schools

Postgraduate supervision


  • Doctoral supervision: Task-Based Language Teaching and Technology in university EFL teaching - Lingling Guan
  • Doctoral supervision: The guises of critical thinking in academic writing and the application of the social cognitive construct in writing instruction - Santha Thanasingam
  • Doctoral supervision: Computer versus Pen-and-Paper Writing Tasks: Does the Medium Really Matter? - Maria Guapacha Chamorro
  • Doctoral supervision: The development of second language writing skills in a comprehensive foreign language curriculum in Colombia - Orlando Chaves
  • Doctoral supervision: Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) model in the Pakistani context - Uzma Rana
  • Doctoral supervision: Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Languages in New Zealand universities - Pengfei Zhao
  • Doctoral supervision: Assessing second language learners’ intercultural competence in New Zealand context - Xi (April) Yun
  • Doctoral supervision: Pedagogical shifts with mobile technologies in higher education: A perspective of Northwestern Vietnam universities and colleges - Nguyen Van Minh


  • Doctoral supervision: Addressing EFL teachers’ cognitions and practices about oral interaction through a professional development programme in Chile – Paloma Calderon (2018)
  • Doctoral supervision: Intercultural Communicative Competence in New Zealand teachers of Languages - Elba Ramirez (2018)
  • Masters supervision:Teacher Perceptions and Practice for increasing Student Literacy Engagement in Low Decile 1:1 Laptop Classrooms - Moira Newton (2018)
  • Masters supervision: Approaches to teaching Chinese culture in language learning in New Zealand classrooms - Chantelle Wang (2018)
  • Doctoral supervision: First language reflection on second language writing: Impact and implications - Anne Scott (2017)
  • Doctoral supervision: An exploratory study of Chinese university EFL teachers’ cognitions and practices about grammar teaching - Qiang Sun (2017)
  • Masters supervision: The role of digital technologies in the provision of equitable formative feedback - Florence Lyons (2017)
  • Doctoral supervision: Fostering peer interactions in online learning environments: The potential of videoconferencing for interactional abilities of foreign language learners in New Zealand secondary schools – Martina Kopf (2016)
  • Masters supervision: Revitalising Gaeilge in Ireland based on successful strategies for the efforts revitalisation of te reo Māori in New Zealand and Cymraeg in Wales - Kirsty Davin (2016)
  • Masters supervision: Signs of our times: The usage of MALL in the primary language classroom - Sian Draper (2016)
  • Masters supervision: The implementation of the Learning Languages curriculum in New Zealand intermediate schools: challenges and solutions- Ali Husain (2015)
  • Masters supervision: Second language teaching in Bahrain: From theory to practice - Zainab Alhayki      (2013)
  • Masters dissertation: Beliefs of effective reading teachers working with six year old struggling readers in New Zealand schools - Dianne LaTrobe (2012)
  • Masters thesis: Cambodian rural and city parents’ involvement in their children’s education – Nakry Sao (2011)
  • Masters dissertation: “It Took Time!”  Exploring Positive Race Relations in a South Auckland Secondary School – Shaquelle Maybury (2011)

Research students interested in the following topics are invited to contact this supervisor:

  • (Foreign) Language teaching and learning
  • Use of technologies for learning and teaching languages
  • Teachers’ beliefs
  • Bilingual education
  • Language teacher education


University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship


Associate Head of School: Research 2015 - 2016

Areas of expertise

  • Language Education: teaching of additional languages in schools, teaching of English as a Second / Foreign Languages, bilingual education
  • Language Teacher Education
  • E-learning (in language education, in teacher education)
  • Teachers’ beliefs and practices

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Faculty of Education Research Committee member
  • Faculty of Education Postgraduate Advisor
  • School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Committee member

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tolosa, C., Biebricher, C., East, M., & Howard, J. (2018). Intercultural language teaching as a catalyst for teacher inquiry. Teaching and Teacher Education, 70, 227-235. 10.1016/j.tate.2017.11.027
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43457
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin East, Christine Biebricher
  • Tolosa, C., East, M., Barbour, M., & Owen, H. (2017). COOL or not COOL? Learning an Asian language online in the context of communities of learning. New Zealand Language Teacher, 43, 51-62.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin East
  • Tolosa, C., Ordóñez CL, & Guevara, D. C. (2017). Language learning shifts and attitudes towards language learning in an online tandem program for beginner writers. Profile Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 19 (1), 105-118. 10.15446/profile.v19n1.53955
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34905
  • Tolosa, C., Heap, R., Ovens, A., & Garbett, D. (2016). Pedagogical hesitations in a mobile technology rich learning environment: A self-study of redefining expertise. In D. Garbett, A. Ovens (Eds.) Being self-study researchers in a digital world: Future oriented research and pedagogy in teacher education (pp. 117-131). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-39478-7_9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dawn Garbett, Alan Ovens, Rena Heap
  • Tolosa, C., Villers, H., & East, M. (2015). Intercultural possibilities of foreign language writing exchanges online. In M. B. Paradowski (Ed.) Productive foreign language skills for an intercultural world. A guide (not only) for teachers (pp. 133-146). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Edition.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27307
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin East
  • Tolosa, C., East, M., & Villers, H. (2015). Motivating twenty-first-century learners: The impact of an online reciprocal peer-tutoring initiative for foreign language learning. Motivation, Leadership and Curriculum Design: Engaging the Net Generation and 21st Century Learners (pp. 137-149). 10.1007/978-981-287-230-2_11
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42754
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin East


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