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Dr Ute Walker PhD, MA, Saatsexamen

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics

School of Humanities

Ute is a passionate teacher and has worked in multiple academic roles, including teaching German as a foreign language, teaching English as a second or academic language, and Tesol training. From 2011 to 2016 she served as Director of Teaching and Learning for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. Ute has drawn on her language and linguistics background to achieve practical outcomes for the community, such as setting up a German language nest for migrant families. As part of her involvement in the local and national migrant community Ute is a former Vice-President of the Federation of Ethnic Councils of New Zealand and former president of the Manawatū Multicultural Council. In the latter capacity Ute successfully initiated the establishment of New Zealand's first 'migrant resource centre' now the Manawatū Multicultural Centre. 

Dr Ute Walker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities where she teaches in the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics programmes. Ute’s doctoral research dealt with the complex relationship between bi/multilingual repertoires, self-concept and settlement of migrants to New Zealand. Her research interest spans language education, language in the community and language and identity, with a particular focus on digitally-mediated language learning and teaching, translanguaging and language policy. In her most recent research Dr Walker has explored the role of translingual practices in online bilingual exchanges.

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Contact details

  • Ph: extension 84964
    Location: SGP 4.17, Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2004)
  • Master of Arts - Massey University (1996)
  • Staatsexamen (State examination) - University of Cologne (1982)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Applied linguistics, Sociolinguistics

  • Bi/multilingualism
  • digitally-mediated language learning and teaching
  • translanguaging
  • discursive construction of identity and community
  • languages in the community


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401): Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistics (200400)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 172.131 Language and Communication
  • 172.233 Language Learning Processes
  • 272.702 Second Language Learning Theories and Processes

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 2 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Dana Taylor - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring the participation and identity transformation of adult English language learners integrating into the New Zealand workforce

Co-supervisor of:

  • Vicky Liu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Teachers use of technology for language teaching and learning
  • Debbie Thompson - Doctor of Philosophy
    He aha tō tātou kaupapa? Motivational factors among non-Māori learners of te reo Māori

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Carmen Denekamp - Doctor of Education
    The Development of L2 Arab Writers' Proficiency: Autonomy, Online Self-Access Centres, and Advisement
  • 2014 - Jane Kehrwald - Doctor of Philosophy
    Towards An Understanding of Language Learner Development and Learners' Self-Concepts: An Exploratory Practice Approach
  • 2010 - Thitirat Suwannasom - Doctor of Philosophy
    Teacher cognition about technology-mediated EFL instruction in the Thai tertiary context

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