Lecturer in New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Sign Language Section
Phone: +64 9 921 9938
Room 903, Level 9, AUT Tower, corner of Wakefield and Rutland Streets, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
Sign Language Section, School of Language and Culture, Faculty of Culture and Society, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.
- Master of Arts in Applied Language Studies (Hons)
- Graduate Diploma in Language Teaching to Adults
- Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.
Memberships and Affiliations:
- New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association (NZSLTA)
- Honorary member of SLIANZ
- NZSL Teacher Registration Advisory Panel Committee
- Deaf Aotearoa of New Zealand.
2000-present — Lecturer-Researcher
2003-2012 — Programme co-ordinator
BA majors: NZSL-English Interpreting; NZSL and Deaf Studies
Paper leaders as follows:
- NZSL 1
- NZSL 2
- NZSL 3
- NZSL 4
- Deaf Community and Culture 1
- Deaf Community and Culture 2
- Current Issues in the Deaf World
- Sign language teaching and learning
- Language Learning Strategies
- Curriculum development
- Learner Autonomy
- Flexible learning including online learning
- Cross-communication between Deaf people and hearing people.
Current Research Projects:
- 2012-2014 — Trustee of Auckland Sign Language Resources Trust to support website development of online NZSL resources for NZSL teachers/tutors.
- 2012-2014 — TAB Book Project to have expertise input on website development of online NZSL resources for NZSL teachers/tutors ($40,000 budget).
- McKee, D., McKee, R., Pivac Alexander, S., Vale, M., & Pivac, L. (eds.) (2011). Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language. http://nzsl.vuw.ac.nz/nzsl
- McKee, R., Sameshima, S., Pivac, L. & McKee, D. (2009). Sign language interpreter education and the profession in New Zealand. In J. Napier. (ed.) International perspectives on sign language interpreter education. Interpreting Education Series, Volume 4. Washington D.C.: Gallaudet University Press. http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/bookpage/IPbookpage.html 200-218.
- Mellow, P., Hanks, D., Pivac, L., Pivac, S., and Went , P. (2003). Internet on a CD: Creating learning objects with QuickTime for sign language students. A paper presented at Apple University Consortium Conference, University of Adelaide, October 2003.
- Pivac, L. (2009). Insights into the Sign Language Interpreting in New Zealand from the perspective of a Deaf professional. In Clark, D. & McGrath, C. (Eds.). Interpreting in New Zealand: the pathway forward. Wellington, NZ: The Office of Ethnic Affairs. 160-164.
- Pivac, L. (2009). The Acquisition of New Zealand Sign Language as a Second Language: An Investigation of Learner Independence in Students Studying Towards An Interpreting Qualification. A Master’s thesis, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. http://hdl.handle.net./123456789/2890 120 pages.
- Pivac, L. (2014). Learner autonomy in New Zealand Sign Language interpreting students. In D. McKee, R. S. Rosen & R. McKee. (eds). Teaching and learning signed languages: international perspectives and practices. New York, NY.: Palgrave Macmillan. Ch.9. 1137312483.
- Pivac, L. and Smith, E. (1996). Hello Bi-Bi: The Beginnings of Bicultural Education for the Deaf in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Disability Studies. 3, 1996. 169-176.
- Aspden, P., de Vere, J., Hunt, J., Monaghan, L and Pivac, L. (1992). Celebrating 50 years of Deaf Schools in Auckland 1942-1992. Auckland: Kelston Deaf Education Centre.
- Pivac, L. and Ovens, S. (2014). Teacher Reflection: Putting something not right into action. A presentation at New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association 13th National Conference on 12 July 2014, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L. (2013). The future of our NZ Deaf community. A panellist at Deaf View 3 Conference on 10 March 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L. (2012). Who do we think we are? A panellist at Sign Language Interpreting New Zealand Conference on 21 July 2012, Tauranga, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L. (2012). CODA: Is it true that they have a good standard of English? A presentation at 1st NZ Deaf Parent Conference on 12 May 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L. (2012). NZSL-English Interpreting Programme: Prior Learning Assessment Tool. A presentation at New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association 12th National Conference on 7 July 2012, Christchurch, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L. (2010). Learning New Zealand Sign Language as a second language: Participation within the Deaf Community at New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association Conference on July 2013, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L, & Roach, K. (2009). Learning New Zealand Sign Language as a second language: Access to and participation in communities of practice, Access to and participation in communities of practice. Combined ALANZ/ALAA Conference: Exploring participation and acquisition metaphors in Applied Linguistics, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. 2-4 Dec.
- Workshop contributions
- Pivac, L. (2013). A workshop facilitator of Carty, B. How to research Deaf history at Deaf View 3 Conference on 10 March 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L. (2013). A workshop facilitator of Carty, B. Changing concepts of culture and identity – do Deaf people still have a community? at Deaf View 3 Conference on 10 March 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Pivac, L. (2013). Research assistant for Dr Rachel McKee of Deaf Studies Research Unit, Victoria University of Wellington to work on a project called Online Survey of the Vitality of New Zealand Sign Language.
- 2012 – 2014 — TAB Book Project Contributor to the development of online New Zealand Sign Language Teacher Website.
- 2013 — NZSL Consultant: App development of nursery rhymes in NZSL.
- 2011-2012 — Ongoing development on delivery of Blackboard sign language materials for self-directed learning.
- 2009–2011 — Three-year project: Online NZSL Dictionary with Victoria University of Wellington
- 2009-2010 — Digital NZSL Dictionary for sign language papers as part of curriculum
- 2005 — DVD Project: Self-Access Learning Video Library for NZSL
- 2004 — CD-ROM interactive resource for NZSL 1 paper project, producing 55 narratives with multi-choice questions.
- 2003 — CD-Rom NZSL 1 Project – Peter Mellow (leader), Lynette Pivac, Daniel Hanks, Sonia Pivac, Penny Went (project team members.
- 2006 — AUT University Distinguished Teaching Award ($3000).
- 2005 — Faculty of Applied Humanities Learning and Teaching Award ($5000): Development of DVD library from video material.
- 2004 — Faculty of Arts Learning & Teaching Development Grant ($12,975): Development of New Zealand Sign Language CD-ROM interactive resource for NZSL 1 paper
- 1995 — M.B.E. (Member of British Empire) for services to the Deaf community: Deaf education and sign language.