School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and incorporates the Deaf Studies Research Unit, the English Language Institute and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre.

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Jul28Information EventsDiscover your postgraduate potential with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Date: 28 July 2016
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Level 3 foyer, Murphy Building, Kelburn Campus
Learn all about postgraduate study in the Facult. Read more
Jul29SeminarsEvan Hazenberg
Date: 29 July 2016
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: MYLT101
Evan Hazenberg, PhD candidate, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Read more

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18 April 2016 Summer Scholar wins Poster Competition
Summer Scholar wins poster competition at summer gold celebration Read more
18 April 2016 LALS Prizewinners 2015
LALS Prizewinners 2015 Read more
10 February 2016 A Career in English Language Teaching
Recent Victoria University TESOL graduates share their stories. Read more

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Kaitlin Maddever - BA student

Studying Linguistics and NZSL Studies has taught me tolerance and respect, which are more useful in life than black-and-white thinking. Read more about Kaitlin.

Forensic Linguistics

Have you ever wondered how anonymous authors are uncovered? How about how spoken threats are investigated?

These questions and more will be answered in Linguistics 226: Forensic Linguistics. Register soon to secure your spot in this limited space Trimester 2 course.

Class topics will include the analysis of written threats, spoken threats, text messages from unknown senders, plagiarism cases, police coercion cases, contract disputes, and more.

Check out our MA Courses for Trimester Two. They include a two-week intensive course, taught on campus  by Professor Tom Farrell from Brock University, Canada: LALS 518: Reflective Practice for Language Teachers 11-22 July.


Associate Professor Peter Gu

“The beauty of applied linguistics lies in its potential applicability. Engaging in language learning, teaching and assessment research has played a transformative role for me.”

Peter has worked in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies since 2005. He has extensive teaching and teacher education experiences in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand. Read more about Peter.


Shelley Dawson - Current PhD student

My language teaching and learning experiences have revealed the fascinating relationship between language, identity, and society.  Read more about Shelley.

linguistics.kiwiLALS has an online blog featuring regular posts from staff and students on a range of topics from views of topical news to announcements of new publications and research, and everything in between! A new post will go up every Monday morning! Check it out at