Meet our current research students at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, and find out what their research topics are.
Current research students within the School and their respective thesis topics are listed below in alphabetical order. The summary of their dissertation is on the linked page, if available.
Find similar information about past students on our recent research students page.
Dominique Vola Ambinintsoa Razafindratsimba
Developing learner autonomy to make better ESL and EFL learners.
Vocabulary and Rugby.
Productive vocabulary and extensive reading.
Thi Bich Thuy Bui
Intermediate EFL learners’ uptake of multi-word units through awareness-raising approaches.
Trang Le Diem Bui
The communicativeness of activities in primary school classrooms in Vietnam.
Muthita (Fai) Chinpakdee
Developing learner autonomy in a collaborative learning environment: An action research.
Thi Ngoc Yen Dang
Investigating vocabulary in academic spoken English: Corpora, teachers, and learners.
Identity co-construction in study abroad contexts: Exploring the significance of periods of transition.
Processing of formulaic expressions.
Negotiating employability: Refugee-background students in New Zealand.
The practice of identity: gender and performativity in New Zealand and Canadian English.
Trang Ngoc (Anna) Hoang
Investigating opportunities for developing teacher leadership and critical thinking skills in a teacher education programme in Vietnam.
An investigation of the emerging understandings and practices of task-based language teaching (TBLT) by Thai EFL student teachers.
Pasifika heritage language education in NZ secondary schools.
Hong Phuong Thao Le
Storytelling and Teaching English to Young Learners: a Vietnamese case study.
A comparison of genre and discourse of Thai and New Zealand hotel home pages.
Shih Min Loo
Face-to-face vs Computer-mediated Collaborative Writing in Tertiary English as Second Language Classroom: A Comparative Study.
Investigating knowledge and use of specialised vocabulary in a second language.
Identity construction around public health matters on social media.
Testing English as an international language.
Needs analysis for the development of academic speech skills.
An exploratory study of cognition in culture-in-language of Indonesian high school EFL teachers.
Chi Duc Nguyen
Comparing incidental vocabulary uptake through different implementations of meaning-focused listening activities.
Loc Tan Nguyen
EFL pronunciation instruction practices at a Vietnamese tertiary institution.
Linguistic and cultural maintenance within the Wellington Indian community.
Exploring the beliefs and practices of non-Māori primary school teachers – to inform the development of materials that can support the teaching and learning of Māori language in English medium classrooms: He waka eke noa.
Dao Thi Anh Pham
Vietnamese students' cohesion and coherence problems and strategies to improve them.
Ha Thi Phuong Pham
The sequence of face-to-face and technology-enhanced peer review and L2 writing.
Developing EFL Learners' Reading Comprehension through Cultivating a Culture of Thinking: A case of a public university in Lao PDR.
Metadiscourse in postgraduate writing.
Rapaera (Raphael) Renata
Academic Writing Proficiency.
Speech rhythm in Pakistani English.
Discourse & mediation: a critical discourse analysis of immigrant representation.
The communicative competence of Samoan seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme.
Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) as heritage signers: a linguistic analysis of the NZSL production of bimodal bilingual children.
Reading and vocabulary development in English as a foreign language.
Exploring Multiword Units Acquisition Difficulties.
Language use and attitudes among Iraqi migrants in Wellington.
Developing fluency with multi-word expressions.
The effect of learning conditions on lexical and grammatical collocational knowledge.
Thi Ngoc Diep Tran
The assessment of English teachers' language proficiency in Vietnam and its washback effects.
Thi Phuong Thao Tran
Integrating intercultural language teaching into Vietnamese tertiary EFL classes.
The temporal relationships between gesture, prosody and information structure.
Mireille (Micky) Vale
Definitions in electronic sign language dictionaries: uses, user perspectives and practical considerations.
Dialect change in returning Cross-Cultural Kids.
Xinqing (Aileen) Wang
Applying cognitive linguistics to second language vocabulary learning.
A corpus-based study of English modal auxiliaries using the British National Corpus, with a focus on a classroom and learner coursebook series.
Teacher Professional Development (TPD) among EFL teachers in Indonesia.
Focus in Mandarin.
Arab migrants' acquisition of New Zealand English speech norms.