Monthly Archive: March 2015

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Multilingual Education in Today’s World

I recently had the opportunity to engage in a discussion about multilingual education with a diverse group of educators. Two questions seemed to continually bubble to the surface, and I realised that these are...

about Corinne Seals

Corinne Seals is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked with the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC on Ukrainian as a heritage language, and with integrated learning programs in Washington state. Her research interests share the common theme of language and identity. Presently, Corinne’s research focuses primarily on heritage language acquisition, maintenance, and education. She has investigated this amongst Ukrainian and Russian communities in the United States and within the Ukrainian community of New Zealand. Corinne also researches in the areas of linguistic landscapes, forensic linguistics, and gender, sexuality, and language.

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Lining up Language – a conference

An interesting-sounding conference is being held over two days at Te Papa in Wellington this week. Organised by the Office of Ethnic Communities, Lining up Language: Navigating Government Policy promises to cover a wide...

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The English they value

Rachel’s recent post about the treatment of NZSL on a sign reminded me of a photo I took a couple of months ago. It’s a bit of a cliché to talk of English being...

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Letters

By Rachel McKee, Victoria University of Wellington   Last year, I spotted this new sign by the entrance level lifts at the Ministry of Education head office. NZSL has been sanctioned in education since...

about Rachel McKee

Rachel McKee is Programme Director of Deaf Studies. Teaching New Zealand Sign Language), and introductory and intermediate NZSL courses, Rachel also supervises post-graduate research topics in Deaf Studies and Interpreting within the MA in Applied Linguistics and PhD in Applied Linguistics. Rachel has published research across a wide range of areas in Deaf Studies including sign language interpreting, linguistic analysis of NZSL, sociolinguistic issues in NZSL, and deaf children in schools. Rachel is a member of the Deaf Studies Research Unit, which recently developed an Online Dictionary of NZ Sign Language and conducted a three-year project investigating sociolinguistic variation in NZSL.

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Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students

Just published (Feb, 2015), a new book by Jennifer Greene and Averil Coxhead on vocabulary in Middle School.  This book presents research on academic vocabulary in the Middle Schools in different subject areas and...

about Averil Coxhead

Averil is the MA Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics. She teaches courses on second language learning in the BEdTESOL and the MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL programs. Averil has taught in New Zealand, England, Estonia, Hungary and Romania. She is the current MA Programme Director. Averil Coxhead is the author of Essentials of Teaching Academic Vocabulary (Heinle, 2006) and An Academic Word List.