Research by former students

Chronologically ordered list of theses completed in the School.

Electronic copies of theses by students from the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies are contained in an archive. The theses are ordered chronologically in the archive, and you can choose different orderings and search for specific theses.


Erandi Kithulgoda: 'A Multimodal Genre Analysis of Online Product Information to Inform English for Specific Purposes'

Nurul Aini Mohd Jelani: 'Contextual Learning of New Meanings for Familiar Word Forms from Reading and Listening to Stories'

Melissa Simchowitz (Ngāti Maniapoto): 'Language practices of Māori Deaf New Zealand sign language users for identity expression'

Aynur Ismayilli Karakoc: 'Designing and Validating an Integrated Reading-Writing (IRW) Test for First-year Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences in New Zealand'

Xin Chen: 'Morphological processing in Mandarin Chinese learners of English'

Phuong Cao:  'Teachers' Formative Assessment Practices in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Tertiary Classrooms in Vietnam: A Mixed-Methods Study'


Thi Thanh Hao Dao: 'Perspectives from Task-Based Language Teaching on EFL Textbook Use: A Participatory Action Research Study at a Vietnamese University'

Lingli Du: 'Cross-Language Influences in the Processing of Multi-Word Expressions: From a First Language to Second and Back'

John Goodall (MA Thesis): ‘Critical Pedagogy in a Chinese Transnational University: Challenges and Possibilities’

Vy Lan Doan: 'The effects of mind mapping and outlining on Vietnamese EFL students' writing performance and attitudes: An explanatory sequential mixed methods study'

Kai Liu: 'Identity Construction Online: Identities and Ideologies in Reader Comments in Online News Fora'

Miriam Malthus:  ‘Actual science and poisoned people: Identity and (im)politeness on two opposed Facebook Pages about fluoridation’

Thi My Hang Nguyen: 'New Measures of Academic Collocation Knowledge: Wordlist-Based Test Development and Argument-Based Validation'

Bianca Vowell: ' Dialect Change in 'Returning' Third Culture Kids'


Amy Giles-Mitson:  'The Use of Sustained Restorative Dialogue to Address Sexual Harm at the University: Examining agency in sexual harm discourse and evaluating a restorative model for prevention'

Shang Jiang: 'How does modification affect the processing of formulaic language? Evidence from L1 and L2 speakers of Chinese'

Juliet Kennedy: 'Alofa ki te tamā manu: Language, culture, identity, and wellbeing - Caring for Gagana Tokelau and lea faka-Tonga in secondary education in Aotearoa New Zealand'

Naheen Madarbakus: 'Using metacognitive strategy instruction in a TED Talks-based L2 listening programme'

Phuong Anh Nguyen: 'Written feedback in second language writing: perceptions of Vietnamese teachers and students'

Taha Omidian: 'Multiple Perspectives on Writing for Research Publication Across Academic Fields'

Dao Thi Anh Pham: 'Problems of Coherence in the Writing of Vietnamese EFL Students and an Intervention to Improve Students' Writing Performance'

Minh Ngoc Hien Ta: 'Fostering intercultural learning through project-based learning in Vietnamese tertiary EFL classes: A participatory action research study'

Wei Wei (Judy): 'The teaching and learning of listening and vocabulary in EFL classes at a Chinese university'

Apsara Wimalasiri (MA Thesis): 'Identity Negotiation of Multilingual English Language Teachers in New Zealand'


Dominique Vola Ambinintsoa Razafindratsimba: 'Fostering learner autonomy in an EFL Malagasy context'

Stuart Benson: ' Vocabulary and Rugby'

Muthita (Fai) Chinpakdee: 'Developing Learner Autonomy in Language Learning: A Study In the Thai EFL Secondary School Context'

Shannon Couper: 'The power of pleasure: contributions from embodied sociolinguistics'

Trang Ngoc (Anna) Hoang: 'Novice teachers' thinking development from practicum to early career'

Paweena Jaruteerapan: 'The emerging understandings and practices of task-based language teaching (TBLT) by Thai EFL student teachers'

Hong Phuong Thao Le:  'Storytelling and teaching English to young learners: a Vietnamese case study'

Elvenna Majuddin: 'Incidental and intentional acquisition of multi-word expressions from audio-visual input: The effects of repetition and typographically enhanced captions'

Mohammed Nofal: 'Multilingual practices and identity negotiation among multilingual heritage language learners in New Zealand'

Alice Patrick:  'Māori language in English-medium primary schools: We are all in this together. He waka eke noa'

Say Phonekeo: 'Implementing a culture of thinking in Lao EFL pre-service teacher education: A case of reading'

Pansa Prommas: 'Metadiscourse in postgraduate writing'

Honiara Salanoa: 'The communicative competence of Samoan seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme'

Haidee Thomson: 'Developing fluency with multi-word expressions'

Thi Ngoc Diep Tran: 'Argument-based validation of a high-stakes listening test in Vietnam'

Thi Phuong Thao Tran:  'Integrating intercultural language teaching into Vietnamese tertiary EFL classes'

Olcay Turk: 'The temporal relationships between gesture, prosody, and information structure'

Xinqing (Aileen) Wang: 'Applying cognitive linguistics to second language idiom learning'

Mengzhu Yan: 'Prosodic and syntactic focus in speech processing in Mandarin'


Alexandra Birchfield: "All the people who live in Auckland”: A study of subject and non-subject relative clauses in Auckland English.

Thi Bich Thuy Bui: Promoting discovery learning of formulaic language with the aid of online resources: A classroom-based study with intermediate EFL learners.

Trang Le Diem Bui: The implementation of task-based language teaching in EFL primary school classrooms: a case study in Vietnam.

Shelley Dawson: Identities and Ideologies in Study Abroad Contexts: Negotiating Nationality, Gender, and Sexuality.

Emily Greenbank: Discursive navigation of employable identities in the narratives of former refugees.

Shih Min Loo: Investigating face-to-face and computer-mediated out-of-class collaboration in an English for Technical Writing course in Malaysia.

Iwan Munandar: The beliefs and practices of Indonesian high-school EFL teachers regarding the teaching and learning of culture and interculturality.

Tan Loc Nguyen: Enhancing pronunciation teaching in the tertiary EFL classroom: A Vietnamese case study.

Ha Thi Phuong Pham: Computer-mediated and face-to-face peer feedback in second language.

Mark Toomer: The effects of different learning conditions on the development of collocational knowledge.

Emma Wollum: The Uptalk Downgrade: comparing age- and gender-based perceptions of uptalk in four highly-skilled professions.


Jacqueline Iseli: Deaf Ni-Vanuatu and their signs: a sociolinguistic study of an emerging sign language in Vanuatu.

Cailing Lu: Investigating knowledge and use of technical vocabulary in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Rania Za'rour: The acquisition of variation: Arab Migrants' acquisition of (ING) and Coronal Stop Deletion in Wellington.


Oliver Ballance: An experimental design perspective on the affordances of concordances: Exploring the affordances of concordances from a language learning perspective.

TJ Boutorwick: Productive vocabulary and extensive reading.

Thi Ngoc Yen Dang: Investigating vocabulary in academic spoken English: Corpora, teachers, and learners.

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

Myq Larsen: Thresholds, Text Coverage, Vocabulary Size, and Reading Comprehension in Applied Linguistics.

Pakjira Leelertphan: A comparison of genre and discourse of Thai and New Zealand hotel home pages.

Shota Mukai: Needs analysis for the development of academic speech skills.

Douglas Meyer: Testing English as an international language.

Chi Duc Nguyen: Fostering incidental vocabulary uptake from audio-visual materials: The role of text comprehension.

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

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

Brian Strong: Evaluating phrasal verb exercises: An investigation into the effectiveness of error-free and trial-and-error learning

Ayman Tawalbeh: Pre and Post Migration: Identity, Language Use and Attitudes among the Wellington Iraqi Community.

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.

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

Mireille (Micky) Vale: Folk definitions as a model for sign language dictionary definitions: a user-focused study of the Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language.


George Aberi: Intertextuality in Kenyan Policy Discourse on the Rights of Women.

Matthew Book: Validating the English Language Exam for university entry in Shanghai, China.

Deborah Chua: Comparative alternation in y-adjectives.

Khadijeh Gharibi: Incomplete Acquisition, Attrition and Maintenance of Heritage Speakers' Family Language: Iranians in New Zealand.

Amy Giles-Mitson: Address terms in New Zealand English: Tracking changes to the social indexicality of gendered terms of address.

Ruth Graham: Withdraw and Apologise: A Diachronic Study of Unparliamentary Language in the New Zealand Parliament, 1890-1950.

Diego Navarro: Language learner cognition: Exploring adult migrants’ L2 activity beyond the classroom.

Thi Huynh Loc Nguyen: Development of Vietnamese Pre-service EFL Teachers' Assessment Literacy.

Marty Pilott: Migrant Pronunciation: What do Employers find Acceptable?

Fenty Siregar: In pursuit of intercultural communicative competence: An investigation into English language policy and practices at a private university in Indonesia.

Rebecca Siu: Sociolinguistic variation in Hong Kong Sign Language.