Dr Shem

Dr Shem Macdonald

Lecturer Applied Linguistics/Language Education

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Education

Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (La Trobe), MEd, Dip Ed, BA.



Membership of professional associations

VicTESOL (Vice-President, 2015 - ), Australian Council of TESOL Associations, Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, TESOL International, American Association of Applied Linguistics

Area of study

Applied Linguistics

Research interests

Applied linguistics

- Second or additional language pronunciation

Language education

- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Teaching units

EDU4ILT Introduction to Language Teaching (Subject Coordinator)

EDU5DAS Discourse Analysis

EDU5DLL Designing Language Learning Experiences

EDU5SLL Second Language Literacies

EDU5RME Research Methods in Education

EDU4IDC Interdisciplinary Curriculum (Subject Coordinator)

Recent publications

Macdonald, S. (2015). Review of Brown, A. (2014). Pronunciation and phonetics. A practical guide for English language teachers. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 1(2), 279-281. doi:10.1075/jslp.1.2.07mac

Macdonald, S. (2015). “The tutor never asked me questions”: Pronunciation and student positioning at university. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 9(1). Special issue: New directions in pronunciation theory and practice, A31–A41.

Macdonald, S., Schneider, B., & Kett, G. (2013). Scenarios for collaboration: idiosyncratic and ad hoc. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 7(2). Special Issue: Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, A11–A19.

Starks, D., Nicholas, H., & Macdonald, S. (2012). Structured reflective communication as a meta-genre in teacher education: creative uses of critique in a teacher education program. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(3), 99–111. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2012v37n3.8

Nicholas, H., Starks, D, & Macdonald, S. (2011). Relating ‘knowing’ and ‘doing’ in language teacher professional learning: an in-service teacher workshop for language teachers. TESOL in Context, 21(1), 23–39.

Macdonald, S. (2002). Pronunciation – views and practices of reluctant teachers. Prospect: Journal of Australian TESOL, 17(3), 3–18.