School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Welcome from the Head of School

John MacalisterA warm welcome to the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS). Staff and students in LALS are actively engaged in teaching and research in the areas of language structure, language teaching and learning, and language use. 

Our teaching programmes include undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Education, Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Deaf Studies, and Writing (Academic and Professional). In addition, LALS houses the English Language Institute, which for nearly 50 years has provided programmes in English Proficiency for non-native speakers of English.

Staff and student research contributes to our strong international research profile. LALS is home to a number of research projects and units, including the Deaf Studies Research Unit, and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre. The international flavour of the School is reflected in its staffing and in the presence of 35 PhD students from 13 different countries.

Students in the School are encouraged to use the Language Learning Centre, which offers a multimedia resource collection and support services for languages, and a welcoming study environment.

LALS also administers the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in Wellington.

Dr John Macalister
Head of School

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Click on the below file if you would like to read about the early history of Applied Linguistics at Victoria.

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