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 - current); Australian Council of TESOL Associations; Applied Linguistics Association of Australia; American Association of Applied Linguistics

Area of study

Applied Linguistics

Research interests

Applied linguistics

- 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: Spoken and Written Language in Use

EDU5DLL Designing Language Learning Experiences (Subject Coordinator)

EDU5DLP Designing Language Learning Programs

EDU5SLL Second Language Literacies

EDU5FFE Forms and Functions of Language in Education (Subject Coordinator)

EDU5SGT Sociolinguistics in Language Teaching

EDU5BLE Bilingualism and Language Education

EDU4IDC Interdisciplinary Curriculum (Subject Coordinator)

EDU4OL1/2 TESOL Secondary Curriculum  (Subject Coordinator)

EDU4LA1/2 Languages Secondary Curriculum (Subject Coordinator)

Recent publications

Macdonald, S. (in review). Pronunciation instruction with a view of the speakers as well as their speaking. CATESOL Journal.

Robertson, M., Macdonald, S., Starks, D., & Nicholas, H. (2018). Enabling change in EFL teachers’ ideologies about grammar and grammar teaching through alternative pedagogies. System. 72(February 2018): 75-84.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2017.11.002

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. 

Research projects

Project title: Writing in an additional language in higher education settings.  Joint project between University of Konstanz, Germany, Victoria University and La Trobe University, Australia. Funded by DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme 2017.