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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12 October 2016 APLSPPC Conference
Asia Pacific Language for Specific Purposes & Professional Communication Association Conference 2017 Read more
23 September 2016 Miriam Meyerhoff's inaugural lecture
Phoning home helps threatened languages live on Read more
18 April 2016 Summer Scholar wins Poster Competition
Summer Scholar wins poster competition at summer gold celebration 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.

writWRIT Summer Courses 2016

Success at university depends on academic writing skills. Take WRIT 101 to advance your abilities to communicate, research, and persuade.   

Employers seek and reward effective writers. Enrol in WRIT 202 and advance your career through clear, concise and dynamic prose.

Creative nonfiction includes personal essays, interviews, blogs, feature articles and more. Enrol in WRIT 203 to craft your writing for publication.

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MA summer courses

Check out our MA summer courses:  Learner Autonomy & Learner Strategies, Teaching & Learning Vocabulary, Language for Academic Purposes, Language Testing, Discourse Analysis, all with the option of face-to-face or distance study. Each course runs from November to February, with a two-week Christmas break.


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.


What do you know about linguistics? The Quiz!

Ever wondered how babies learn language, why Kiwis speak differently to Aussies or Brits, or what Swahili, Mandarin and French have in common? Take our quiz.


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