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.

Language Teaching

Explore how second or additional languages are learnt and study different approaches for successful language teaching.

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Available subjects

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Studies


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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Available subjects

  • Linguistics
  • Modern Language Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Text Technologies
  • Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation

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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Available subjects

  • New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Studies

Academic and professional writing

Enhance your communication skills and learn how to effectively write for academic and professional audiences.

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Name change for Master’s degrees

We are renaming our Master of Arts (180 points) programmes in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and TESOL. From 2022, they will be called the Master of Linguistics, the Master of Applied Linguistics, and the Master of TESOL. The Master of Arts (180 points) in Second Language Learning and Teaching will no longer be offered.

While the names of these degrees are changing, their content will stay the same.

TESOL students learning together.

Where could TESOL take you?

We offer undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate TESOL programmes.

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Take our fun quiz to find out what you know about languages and the fascinating facts you’re still to discover!

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