The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies has a world class reputation for its teaching and research in the fields of Applied Linguistics, Linguistics and TESOL. The School incorporates the Deaf Studies Research Unit and the English Language Institute, and offers a range of academic and professional Writing Courses. The Language in the Workplace project is part of the School.

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Language Teaching

Explore how second—or third, fourth and fifth—languages are learnt and study different approaches for successful language teaching.

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  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Second Language Learning and Teaching


Language is important for almost everything we do, from making friends and influencing people, to asking a smartphone for directions. Learn about the structure of language and explore how people use it. Or study Writing (academic and professional) and improve your academic writing ability.

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  • Linguistics
  • Modern Language Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Writing (Academic and Professional)
  • Text Technologies

New Zealand Sign Language

Learn to communicate in one of New Zealand's official languages, New Zealand Sign Language, and develop your understanding of Deaf community and culture.

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  • New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Studies

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