There is a great depth and range of research expertise in the School of Language and Culture at AUT.
Head of School of Language and Culture; Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, Faculty of Culture and Society
Drama, theatre and performance studies.
Academic literacies; issues of agency and identity; group assessment; postgraduate supervision and teaching; academic language support; issues and challenges of international students; vocational and academic literacies at postgraduate level; bridging and foundation studies programmes.
Centre for Creative Writing
Popular genres, transmedia storytelling, visual language, new media and learning, hypermedia, digital literacies, ecological literacies.
Discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, media, new media, language and communication, identity construction and representation.
Senior Lecturer in Japanese, Programme Leader
Phonology, optimality theory, casual speech phenomena, Japanese language education.
Translation and Interpreting
Research expertise: Health translation/interpreting; translation/interpreting pedagogies; corpus-based translation; bilingualism in migrant settings; language attrition, shift and reversion; literary translation; interpreting idiomatic language.
Lecturer, Programme Leader NZSL and Deaf Studies; NZSL-English Interpreting
Discourse analysis and interactional sociolinguistics, narrative analysis, interpreting and interpreting pedagogies, New Zealand Sign Language linguistics, health communication, workplace communication
Second language learning and teaching, pronunciation learning and teaching, teacher cognition of pronunciation teaching, classroom-based research, cognitive phonology applied to the classroom, classroom implications of usage based theories of language, new migrant issues.
Poetry, short fiction, long fiction, the novel, creative nonfiction, memoir, New Zealand literature, women's fiction and the essay.
Language teacher education; Social media and, education; Listening as an academic skill.
Discourse analysis (multi-perspectival and mixed methodological approaches), communication in art and design education, exegetical writing for creative practice, academic literacies and English for academic purposes, genre analysis, corpus analysis, metaphor analysis
Feedback on error. Individual differences in EAL learning – e.g. motivation, willingness to communicate.
Senior Lecturer in Chinese
Language maintenance and language shift; Teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language.
Lecturer, Programme Leader, International Studies
Multicultural, Intercultural, and Cross-Cultural Studies / Language Teaching, Communication, Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics, Intercultural Pragmatics, Spanish Language and Cultures, and Language Teaching Education and Professional Development
Senior Lecturer in Chinese
Design for language learning; Design for online language learning; Learning environment and learner context; Epistemic pattern and design
Legal interpreting, legal language, legal questioning and pragmatic equivalence in interpreting, innovative technology to enhance student interpreter learning, self and peer evaluative feedback to enhance learning, language maintenance and attrition.