Research students

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.

Stuart Benson

Vocabulary and Rugby.

TJ Boutorwick

Productive vocabulary and extensive reading.

Thi Bich Thuy Bui

Intermediate EFL learners’ uptake of multi-word units through awareness-raising approaches.

Thuy's abstract

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.

Yen's abstract

Shelley Dawson

Identity co-construction in study abroad contexts: Exploring the significance of periods of transition.

Shelley's abstract

Lingli Du

Processing of formulaic expressions.

Emily Greenbank

Negotiating employability: Refugee-background students in New Zealand.

Evan Hazenberg

The practice of identity: gender and performativity in New Zealand and Canadian English.

Evan's abstract

Trang Ngoc (Anna) Hoang

Investigating opportunities for developing teacher leadership and critical thinking skills in a teacher education programme in Vietnam.

Paweena Jaruteerapan

An investigation of the emerging understandings and practices of task-based language teaching (TBLT) by Thai EFL student teachers.

Paweena's abstract

Juliet Kennedy

Pasifika heritage language education in NZ secondary schools.

Hong Phuong Thao Le

Storytelling and Teaching English to Young Learners: a Vietnamese case study.

Pakjira Leelertphan

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.

Cailing Lu

Investigating knowledge and use of specialised vocabulary in a second language.

Miriam Malthus

Identity construction around public health matters on social media.

Douglas Meyer

Testing English as an international language.

Douglas' abstract

Shota Mukai

Needs analysis for the development of academic speech skills.

Shota's abstract

Iwan Munandar

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.

Loc's abstract

Mohammed Nofal

Linguistic and cultural maintenance within the Wellington Indian community.

Alice Patrick

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.

Say Phonekeo

Developing EFL Learners' Reading Comprehension through Cultivating a Culture of Thinking: A case of a public university in Lao PDR.

Pansa Prommas

Metadiscourse in postgraduate writing.

Rapaera (Raphael) Renata

Academic Writing Proficiency.

Tariq Saeed

Speech rhythm in Pakistani English.

Neda Salahshour

Discourse & mediation: a critical discourse analysis of immigrant representation.

Neda's abstract

Honiara Salanoa

The communicative competence of Samoan seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme.

Kaitlyn Smith

Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) as heritage signers: a linguistic analysis of the NZSL production of bimodal bilingual children.

Ken Smith

Reading and vocabulary development in English as a foreign language.

Brian Strong

Exploring Multiword Units Acquisition Difficulties.

Ayman Tawalbeh

Language use and attitudes among Iraqi migrants in Wellington.

Ayman's abstract

Haidee Thomson

Developing fluency with multi-word expressions.

Haidee's abstract

Mark Toomer

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.

Thao's abstract 

Olcay Turk

The temporal relationships between gesture, prosody and information structure.

Mireille (Micky) Vale

Definitions in electronic sign language dictionaries: uses, user perspectives and practical considerations.

Micky's abstract

Bianca Vowell

Dialect change in returning Cross-Cultural Kids.

Xinqing (Aileen) Wang

Applying cognitive linguistics to second language vocabulary learning.

Lauren Whitty

A corpus-based study of English modal auxiliaries using the British National Corpus, with a focus on a classroom and learner coursebook series.

Lauren's abstract

Anik Wulyani

Teacher Professional Development (TPD) among EFL teachers in Indonesia.

Anik's abstract

Mengzhu Yan

Focus in Mandarin.

Rania Za'rour

Arab migrants' acquisition of New Zealand English speech norms.