Research students

Meet our current research students at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and find out what their research topics are.

All students listed are PhD students except where noted that they are Master's Thesis students. They are listed alphabetically by name. Past research students and their topics are listed on our recent research students page.

Dominique Vola Ambinintsoa Razafindratsimba

Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and AProf David Crabbe

Thesis title: 'Fostering learner autonomy in an EFL Malagasy context'

Stuart Benson

Supervisors: AProf Averil Coxhead and Dr Anna Siyanova

Thesis title:' Vocabulary and Rugby'

Xin Chen

Supervisors: Prof Paul Warren and AProf Peter Gu

Thesis title: 'Morphological processing in Chinese L2 learners of English'

Muthita (Fai) Chinpakdee

Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and AProf David Crabbe

Thesis title: 'Developing learner autonomy in language learning: A study in the Thai EFL secondary school context'

Phuong Cao

Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and AProf Averil Coxhead

Thesis title: 'Formative Assessment Practices in Tertiary Second/Foreign Language Classroom. An Exploratory Comparative Study between Vietnam and New Zealand'

Shannon Couper (MA Thesis)

Supervisor: Prof Meredith Marra

Thesis title: 'The power of pleasure: contributions from embodied sociolinguistics'

Hao Thi Thanh Dao

Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Dr Jean Parkinson

Thesis title: 'Adapting tasks from textbook for low proficiency learners in a Vietnamese university: A participatory Action Research project'

Vy Doan Lan

Supervisors: Dr Rachael Ruegg and Dr Jean Parkinson

Thesis title: 'The effect of mind mapping and outlining on Vietnamese EFL students' performance and attitudes'

Lingli Du

Supervisors: Dr Anna Siyanova and Dr Irina Elgort

Thesis title: 'On the language non-selective access in visual phrase processing'

Darren Flavelle

Supervisors: Prof Miriam Meyerhoff and Dr Victoria Chen

Thesis title: 'A grammar of ‘Oroha'

Amy Giles-Mitson

Supervisors: Prof Miriam Meyerhoff and Prof Chris Marshall (School of Government)

Thesis title: 'The use of Sustained Restorative Dialogue to address sexual harm in the campus setting'

Trang Ngoc (Anna) Hoang

Supervisors: AProf David Crabbe and AProf Jonathan Newton

Thesis title: 'Novice teachers' thinking development from practicum to early career'

Brittany Hoback

Supervisors: Prof Miriam Meyerhoff and Dr Victoria Chen

Thesis title: 'Denggan language of Banam Bay: documentation and endangered language maintenance'

Paweena Jaruteerapan

Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Prof John Macalister

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

Shang Jiang

Supervisors: Dr Anna Siyanova and AProf Gina Grimshaw (School of Psychology)

Thesis title: 'How does insertion affect the processing of formulaic language? Evidence from L1 and L2 speakers of Chinese'

Aynur Ismayilli Karakoc

Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and Dr Rachael Ruegg

Thesis title: 'Designing an integrated writing test'

Juliet Kennedy

Supervisors: Dr Corinne Seals and AProf David Crabbe

Thesis title: 'Pasifika heritage language education in NZ secondary schools'

Erandi Kithulgoda

Supervisors: Dr Jean Parkinson and AProf Averil Coxhead

Thesis title: 'A multimodal analysis of product descriptions in e-commerce websites'

Hong Phuong Thao Le

Supervisors: Prof John Macalister and Dr Jean Parkinson

Thesis title: 'Storytelling and teaching English to young learners: a Vietnamese case study'

Jiayi Li

Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and Dr Jean Parkinson

Thesis title: 'EFL teacher professional development in classroom assessment literacy'

Kai (Kevin) Liu

Supervisors: Dr Corinne Seals and Dr Derek Wallace

Thesis title: 'Ideologies and identity construction in online reader comments: A post-structuralist perspective'

Naheen Madarbakus

Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and AProf Peter Gu

Thesis title: 'Using metacognitive strategy instruction in a TED Talks-based academic listening programme'

Elvenna Majuddin

Supervisors: Dr Anna Siyanova and Dr Frank Boers (Western University)

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

Miriam Malthus

Supervisors: Dr Derek Wallace and Dr Angi Buettner (School of English, Film, Theatre, Media Studies, and Art History

Thesis title: 'Science and "science": polarised identities in interaction on activist Facebook pages'

Nurul Aini Mohd Jelani

Supervisors: Dr Irina Elgort and AProf Averil Coxhead

Thesis title: 'Incidental learning of new meanings for familiar words from reading and listening to multiple narrative texts'

Phuong Anh Nguyen (MA Thesis)

Supervisor: Dr Rachael Ruegg

Thesis title: 'Written feedback in second language writing: perceptions of Vietnamese teachers and students'

Thi My Hang Nguyen

Supervisors: AProf Averil Coxhead and AProf Peter Gu

Thesis title: 'Examining ESL/ EFL learners' knowledge of academic collocations'

Mohammed Nofal

Supervisors: Dr Corinne Seals and Prof Meredith Marra

Thesis title: 'Multilingual practices and identity negotiation among multilingual heritage language learners in New Zealand'

Taha Omidian

Supervisors: Dr Anna Siyanova and AProf Averil Coxhead

Thesis title: 'Disciplinarity in L1 and L2 academic research writing: A cross-disciplinary investigation of lexical and grammatical features in different sections of research articles'

Dao Thi Anh Pham

Supervisors: Dr Jean Parkinson and Dr Rachael Ruegg

Thesis title: 'Problems of coherence in Vietnamese EFL students' writing and an intervention to improve coherence in their writing'

Say Phonekeo

Supervisors: Prof John Macalister and AProf Jonathan Newton

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

Pansa Prommas

Supervisors: Dr Jean Parkinson and Dr Rachael Ruegg

Thesis title: 'Metadiscourse in postgraduate writing'

Honiara Salanoa

Supervisors: Prof Meredith Marra and Dr Jean Parkinson

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

Rizwan Sulehry

Supervisors: Dr Derek Wallace and Prof John Macalister

Thesis title: 'News media and the discourse for justice in Pakistan'

Minh Ngoc Hien Ta

Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Dr Corinne Seals

Thesis title: 'Fostering students' Intercultural Communicative Competence via Project Based Learning at a university in Vietnam'

Haidee Thomson

Supervisors: AProf Averil Coxhead and Dr Frank Boers (Western University)

Thesis title: 'Developing fluency with multi-word expressions'

Thi Ngoc Diep Tran

Supervisors: AProf Peter Gu and AProf Averil Coxhead

Thesis title: 'Validating the Vietnamese Standardized Test of English Proficiency (VSTEP)'

Thi Phuong Thao Tran

Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and Dr Corinne Seals

Thesis title: 'Integrating intercultural language teaching into Vietnamese tertiary EFL classes'

Olcay Turk

Supervisors: Dr Sasha Calhoun and Prof Paul Warren

Thesis title: 'The temporal relationships between gesture, prosody, and information structure'

Bianca Vowell

Supervisors: Prof Paul Warren and Prof Miriam Meyerhoff

Thesis title: 'Dialect change in 'returning' Third Culture kids'

Xinqing (Aileen) Wang

Supervisors: Prof Paul Warren and AProf Peter Gu

Thesis title: 'Applying cognitive linguistics to second language idiom learning'

Wei (Judy) Wei

Supervisors: AProf Jonathan Newton and AProf Averil Coxhead

Thesis title: 'A vocabulary perspective on EFL listening classes for English-major undergraduates of a Chinese university'

Niwat Wuttisrisiriporn

Supervisors: Dr Jean Parkinson and Dr Anna Siyanova

Thesis title: 'Syntactic and lexical complexity in Native and Thai EFL undergraduate student writing'

Mengzhu Yan

Supervisors: Dr Sasha Calhoun and Prof Paul Warren

Thesis title: 'Prosodic and syntactic focus in speech processing in Mandarin'