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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Oct7FHSS Postgraduate Students' breakfast
Date: 7 October 2015
Time: 8.30 am
Venue: Room 305, Murphy Building, Kelburn Campus
A breakfast for postgraduate students to catch up with staff and students from FHSS and recharge after the long winter months. Read more
Oct9SeminarsRachel McKee
Date: 9 October 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: MYLT220
Dr Rachel McKee, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Read more
Oct16SeminarsDeborah Chua and George Aberi
Date: 16 October 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: MYLT220
Deborah Chua and George Aberi Read more

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10 September 2015 BEdTESOL students
Teaching experience for students in the Wairarapa.  Read more
24 July 2015 Miriam Meyerhoff
Miriam Meyerhoff receives stakhanovite award from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence “Dynamics of Language”.  Read more
16 July 2015 Inaugural New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad winners announced
A team of secondary school students from Auckland International College and Kristin School in Auckland has won the first New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington. Read more

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MA summer courses

Check out our MA summer courses:  Learner Autonomy & Learner Strategies, Language Curriculum Development, Language for Specific 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.


WRIT Summer Courses 2015

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.


Shota Mukai - PhD Student

Moving on to PhD study made perfect sense after finishing my MA in Applied Linguistics in LALS. Read more about Shota. 


Corinne Seals - Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

"Our languages are forever connected to who we are, who we will be and where we come from."

Corinne's research centres around the connections between language and identity, as well as the politics associated with learning and using any given language at any point in time. Read more about Corinne.


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.


Clement MacKay - BA student

Studying the humanities is fascinating, and has also armed me with knowledge that is applicable to the real world. Read more about Clement.  

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