New Zealand Language Teacher

The New Zealand Language Teacher is the official, refereed academic journal of NZALT. It is published once a year, at the end of term 4. The focus of NZLT is on language teaching and learning, research developments and curriculum/policy matters of interest to language teachers. Articles are available on-line through the NZALT website and via Informit E-Library and EBSCO.


Jocelyn Howard, the University of Canterbury

Editorial Board

Dr. Karen Ashton, Massey University
Dr. Nicola Daly, the University of Waikato
Professor Martin East, the University of Auckland
Maree Jeurissen, the University of Auckland
Dr. Diane Johnson, the University of Waikato
Dr. Elena Kolesova, Unitec
Dr. Adèle Scott, Te Kura, the Correspondence School
Dr. Constanza Tolosa, the University of Auckland

Guidelines for contributors

The New Zealand Language Teacher invites research articles on any matters connected with languages, language teaching and learning, curriculum and policy matters, and anything else which could be of interest to teachers of languages other than English. It is understood that a manuscript submitted for consideration has not been published previously, and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Copy for each volume is welcome at any time. The submission of articles should be made by e-mail attachment. Please send articles to the editor at

Early receipt of material makes the production process easier.

  • Articles should be about 5000 words in length
  • Please make your submission as a Microsoft Word file using Arial 12 point font with left align and double spacing.
  • All submissions will be considered by the editor and two referees. The referees will provide individual confidential reports to guide the author about suitability of publication and amendments if required.
  • A title page should include the following:
    1. The title of the article.
    2. The author's name (if there is more than one author please indicate which author should receive correspondence).
    3. The affiliation of all authors.
  • The submission should include an abstract of between 150 and 200 words, which should summarise the main arguments of the submission. Include the title on the abstract page.
  • Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred. They should be clearly marked with the figure or table number and have a caption.
  • All graphics should be suitable for publication 'as is' and should require no change.
  • Please do not use footnotes. Endnotes should be avoided if possible.
  • References should be provided in APA format (6th edition)  Further guidance about APA format can be obtained on request to the editor.
  • Notes are available here to help contributors to write articles that are ready to undergo the peer review process.