BEST THESIS COMPETITION

 

ALANZ invites Masters and PhD graduates who have completed and passed their thesis to enter the Best Thesis competition.

In order to reward excellence and provide greater visibility for new researchers, each year, ALANZ awards prizes for the best Master’s and PhD theses in Applied Linguistics examined and awarded in the previous year in New Zealand. Each university may nominate one candidate for each category. Nominations are called early in the year and a panel of judges from New Zealand universities will be appointed to choose the successful candidate. If you wish your thesis to be considered, please contact your supervisor, or the head of applied linguistics department in the university that awarded your degree.

The prize awarded is:

  1. Master’s Thesis – $200; one year’s membership for the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand; an invitation to submit an article for publication in New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics and to be mentored towards its eventual publication.
  2. PhD Thesis – $500; one year’s membership for the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand; an invitation to submit an article for publication in New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics and to be mentored towards its eventual publication.

 

Current Winners

Winners of the 2018 ALANZ Thesis Competition

Fahd Hamad A Alqasham’s research into ‘Virtual social network-mediated English language learning in a Saudi tertiary EFL context: Innovation and agency’  has been awarded the prize for best PhD thesis of 2018 by the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ). Dr Alqasham graduated from Massey University.

This year the prize in the Master’s category was awarded to Elisha Gordon of the University of Otago for her thesis entitled University Study Abroad in New Zealand: Identity, Ideology, and Investment in English Language Learning’.

 

Past Winners

2017    
  PhD PhD Thi Ngoc Yen Dang, Victoria University of Wellington, Investigating vocabulary in academic spoken English: Corpora, teachers, and learners
  Master’s Susanne Aldrich, Massey University, Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of the Use of Mobile Technology in University Preparation Classes
  Master’s Randa Saleh Maine Alharbi, AUT University, Responses of Female Non-native Speakers to English Compliments: A Cross-generational Study of Saudi Arabian University Students and Lecturers
2016    
  PhD Pham Huy Cuong, Massey University, An ecological perspective on the motivational trajectories of high school students learning English in rural areas in Vietnam
  Master’s Yulia Khan, Auckland University of Technology, Adult migrant English education policy in Aotearoa New Zealand 2002-2014
2015    
  PhD Scott Aubrey, University of Auckland, Effect of inter-cultural contact on L2 motivation and L2 learning: A process-product study
  Master’s Geraldine Anne McCarthy, Massey University, Living and learning in New Zealand: Perceptions of Bhutanese students, parents and teachers of their learning process
2014    
  PhD Sara Amani, University of Auckland, Metacognitive strategy instruction and pre-task planning: Impact on L2 argumentative writing ability
  Master’s Rebecca White, Victoria University of Wellington, Adolescent writing, insights from the classroom: An L1 vocabulary development study
2013    
  PhD Dawn Booth, University of Auckland, Exploring the washback of the TOEIC in South Korea
  Master’s Rachel Hamlin, Massey University, Marking time: Is there a differential effect on written accuracy following focused or unfocused written corrective feedback
2012    
  PhD Long V Nguyen, Massey University, Computer-mediated collaborative learning in a Vietnamese tertiary EFL context: Process, product, and learners’ perceptions
  Master’s Jo Oranje, Otago University, Culture in the classroom of ESL learners: A case study of how culture is represented in the lessons of ESL children at a New Zealand mainstream primary school
2009    
  PhD Yiqian (Katherine) Cao (University of Auckland)
  Master’s Susan K. Ruffell (Victoria University of Wellington)
2008    
  PhD Gillian Skyrme (Massey University)
  Master’s Seung Hee Pak (University of Auckland)
2007    
  PhD Sun Hee Ok Kim (University of Auckland)
  Master’s Judy Jen-Pei Chai (University of Auckland)
2006    
  PhD Naashia Mohamed (University of Auckland)
  Master’s Dawn Booth (University of Auckland)
2005    
  PhD Martin East (University of Auckland)
  Master’s Yiqian Cao Catherine (University of Auckland)