The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies has a world class reputation for its teaching and research in the fields of Applied Linguistics, Linguistics and TESOL. The School incorporates the Deaf Studies Research Unit and the English Language Institute, and offers a range of academic and professional Writing Courses. The Language in the Workplace project is part of the School.

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Language Teaching

Explore how second—or third, fourth and fifth—languages are learnt and study different approaches for successful language teaching.

Available subjects

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Second Language Learning and Teaching
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Language is important for almost everything we do, from making friends and influencing people, to asking a smartphone for directions. Learn about the structure of language and explore how people use it. Or study Writing (academic and professional) and improve your academic writing ability.

Available subjects

  • Linguistics
  • Modern Language Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Writing (Academic and Professional)
  • Text Technologies
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New Zealand Sign Language

Learn to communicate in New Zealand's third official language, New Zealand Sign Language, and develop your understanding of Deaf community and culture.

Available subjects

  • New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Studies
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Linguistics kiwi

News and notes about language use in New Zealand and in the world.

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Latest news

  • NZSL launch

    Learn NZSL online

    Launch of new online resource to help you learn New Zealand Sign Language.

  • LingOlymgroup

    LING Olympiad

    The Wellington regional final of the NZ Linguistics Olympiad took place at Victoria University of Wellington on Friday 31 March.

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Upcoming events

  • Douglas Meyer

    Douglas Meyer, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies PhD candidate

    Venue: MYLT101

  • Yen Dang

    Yen Dang, LALS PhD celebration

    Venue: MYLT101

  • APLSP Conference

    The 4th Asia-Pacific Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) and Professional Communication Association Conference 2017 will…