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Dr Ute Walker PGDipSLT, MA SLT, PhD Linguistics and SLT

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics

School of Humanities

I joined Massey University in 2006. Prior to becoming Senior Lecturer in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics I was programme coordinator for German. From 2011 to mid-2016 I worked in the role of Director, Teaching and Learning for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. My language-teaching background also includes TESOL and TESOL training at a private tertiary provider as well as community language initiatives for migrants. My research interest is in the areas of Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, with a current focus on discursive construction of identity and community in translingual online environments. 

Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • PGDipSLT (1993)
  • MA (1995)
  • PhD (2004)

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

Thematics

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 Outputs

Journal

Walker, U. (2017). Discursive construction of social presence and identity positions in an international bilingual collaboration. Distance Education. 38(2), 193-215
[Journal article]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG., & vom Brocke, C. (2012). Agile Kommunikationskompetenz: Herausforderungen und Loesungsansaetze fuer den Fremdsprachenunterricht an Hochschulen durch Interaktion in neuen Medien. [Agile communicative competence: Challenges and solutions for foreign language teaching in higher education via interaction in new media]. Fremdsprachen und Hochschule [Foreign languages in higher education]. 85, 5-38
[Journal article]Authored by: Walker, U.
Vaccarino, F., & Walker, U. (2012). Responding to the globalisation challenge: A project for migrant families to maintain their language and culture. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. 11(2), 155-170
[Journal article]Authored by: Vaccarino, F., Walker, U.
Walker, U., & Haddon, R. (2011). Foreign language learning conceptualisations of distance learners in New Zealand: Goals, challenges and responses. Language Learning Journal. 39(3), 345-364
[Journal article]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, U. (2010). So fern und doch so nah: Soziale Prasenz und Interaktion im netzgestutzten DaF-Fernunterricht in Neuseeland. (So far and yet so close: social presence and interaction in net-based distance learning of German as a foreign language). GFL German as a foreign language. 2, 39-63 Retrieved from http://www.gfl-journal.de/about.php
[Journal article]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2009). Creating oneself new spaces: Bilingual migrants' identity positioning in personal blogs. Prospect Journal of Australian TESOL. 24(3), 1-13 Retrieved from http://www.ameprc.mq.edu.au/docs/prospect_journal/volume_24_no_3/Walker.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG., & Vaccarino, F. (2008). Fostering multiple literacies in a linguistically diverse Aotearoa New Zealand: A family biliteracy perspective.. The International Journal of Learning. 15(11), 89-96
[Journal article]Authored by: Vaccarino, F., Walker, U.

Book

Walker, U. (2011). Linguistic Diversity as a Bridge to Adjustment: Making the Case for Bi/Multilingualism as a Settlement Outcome in New Zealand. (pp. 149 - 173). : MULTILINGUAL MATTERS LTD
[Chapter]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, U. (2011). The role of community in preserving Spanish in New Zealand: A Latin American parent perspective. In K. Potowski, & J. Rothman (Eds.) Bilingual Youth: Spanish in English-speaking societies. (pp. 331 - 354). The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company
[Chapter]Authored by: Walker, U.
Vom Brocke, J., White, C., Walker, U., & Vom Brocke, C. (2010). Making user-generated content communities work in higher education - The importance of setting incentives. In Changing Cultures in Higher Education: Moving Ahead to Future Learning. (pp. 149 - 166).
[Chapter]Authored by: Walker, U., White, C.
Walker, UG. (2006). The role of bi/multilingual selves among multilingual migrants in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Implications for language learning and teaching. In MO. O Laoire (Ed.) Multilingualism and Multiple Language Acquisition and Learning: Multilingualism in Educational Settings. (pp. 1 - 19). Baltmannsweiler, Germany: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren
[Chapter]Authored by: Walker, U.

Thesis

Walker, UG. (2004). Language, migration and continuity of being: Notions of migrant language proficiency and self-concept among multilingual migrants in Aotearoa-New Zealand. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Walker, U.

Report

Walker, UG. (2001). A question of ethnicity: One word, different people, many perceptions: The perspectives of groups other than Maori, Pacific peoples, and New Zealand Europeans. Statistics New Zealand.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Walker, U.

Conference

Walker, UG. (2017, June). The transnational language learner as transformed new speaker?. Presented at International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB11). Limerick, Ireland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2016, November). Translanguaging – what transformative potential for the 21st century? Translingual agilities in an online collaboration. Presented at ALANZ 2016 Symposium. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2015). Collaborative activity in an online bilingual exchange: Social presence in an emergent collaborative community. Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2015.. Vol. 1 (pp. 1057 - 1062). Chesapeake, VA: E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2015
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2015, October). Collaborative activity in an online bilingual exchange: social presence in an emergent collaborative community.. Presented at E-learn 2015: World Conference on E-Learning. Kona, Hawaii.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2015, October). Engaging across hemispheres: transforming learning through intercultural encounters in an international online collaboration.. Presented at Classroom-oriented research: Towards effective learning and teaching. Konin, Poland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2011, August). Connected – but present? The role of social and teaching presence for online interaction in distance language learning. Presented at 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics(AILA2011) Harmony in diversity: language, culture, society. Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2011, August). Climbing the mountain –virtually: Authentic interaction in online learning partnerships. Presented at LangSem (Massey Region)- "Climb the Mountain". New Plymouth.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2010, July). Social presence and awareness in distance learners’ online interactions. Presented at Awareness Matters: Language Culture Literacy. University of Kassel, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Skyrme, GR., & Walker, U. (2010, December). Eliciting qualitative spoken information from ESOL research participants. Presented at 16th Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand Symposium. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Skyrme, G., Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2009, August). Digitale Kommunikationswerkzeuge im DaF Fern-Unterricht: ein Erfahrungsbericht aus Aotearoa-Neuseeland [digital communication tools in distance teaching of German as a foreign language: a report of New Zealand/German experience] Short presentation & poster. Presented at XIV. International Convention for Teachers of German. University of Jena.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2009, August). e-Kollaboration als interaktive Lernumgebung: ein sprachdidaktischer Ansatz in deutsch-neuseeländischer Praxis [e-collaboration as interactive learning environment: a German-New Zealand approach to language didactics]. Presented at XIV. International Convention for Teachers of German. University of Jena.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG., & White, C. (2009, December). From participation and acquisition to engagement, reciprocity and collective cognition in online language learning COLLOQUIUM presentation on "CALL perspectives on acquisition and participation". Presented at Participation & Acquisition: Exploring these metaphors in Applied Linguistics" - 1st Combined conference of the Applied Linguistics Associations of New Zealand and Australia.. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG., & Holtz (vom Brocke), C. (2008, October). Integrating content-based language learning and intercultural learning online: An international egroups collaboration.. Presented at Clesol Conference (Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages Conference). Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2008, August). Telecollaborative writing in e-tandem: Creating distance to promote reflection, agency and voice.. Presented at The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics: Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities. University Duisburg-Essen.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2008, August). Linguistic diversity in Aotearoa /New Zealand: Demographic fact, policy challenge, settlement opportunity?. Presented at The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics: Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities. University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG., & Vom Brocke, C. (2008). Integrating content-based language learning and intercultural learning online: An international egroups collaboration. Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages Conference. (pp. 218 - 235).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG., & Vaccarino, FA. (2007, November). Biliterate families: A contextualised response to a global challenge. Presented at 14th Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) Symposium. International Pacific College, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Vaccarino, F., Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2007, May). Being and becoming - notions and dynamics of linguistic self-concept among bi/multilingual migrants in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Presented at 6th International Symposium on Bilingualism. University of Hamburg, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2007). Dimensions of language proficiency: Perceptions of multilingual migrants in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 6th International Symposium on Bilingualism. University of Hamburg, Germany
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Walker, U.
Vaccarino, FA., & Walker, UG. (2006). Family biliteracy learning: A project to maintain minority community languages and cultures in New Zealand. In AJ. Scott (Ed.) Proceedings of the 10th Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages Conference.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Vaccarino, F., Walker, U.
Vaccarino, FA., & Walker, UG. (2006, September). Family biliteracy learning: A project to maintain minority community languages and cultures in New Zealand. Presented at 10th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL. Napier, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Vaccarino, F., Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2005, September). Language learning - self extension: The multilayered road to knowing, becoming and being bi/multilingual. Presented at 30th Annual Applied Linguistics Association of Australia Congress. University of Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2004). L1 in ESL - paradox or prospect?: Community languages (L1) in ESOL classrooms. 9th Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL) National Conference. (pp. unpaged). Christchurch, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2004, September). What is keeping Donald Rumsfeld up at night?: It isn't Letterman but too few qualified, multilingual spies: The not so secret service of multilingual migrants. Presented at Language and Society Conference. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2003, November). Bilingual selves: Why L2 learners/users need more than L2. Presented at International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2001). One cannot change languages and cultures without changing one's very being. In R. Barnard, & RH. Eds (Eds.) Bilingualism at the Ends of the Earth: Proceedings. (pp. 115 - 122). Hamilton, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Walker, U.

Other

Walker, UG. (2010, October). Local concerns and global connections in an international eGroups community of learners. In Massey staff (Manawatu campus).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Haddon, RM., & Walker, UG. (2009). Inquiry into international language learning experiences among distance students: Challenges and responses. Presented at Palmerston North , NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2006). ''I write - therefore I am (which language and which me?)''. Language, self-construction and multiple literacies. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Walker, UG., Scott, AJ., Litwin, G., & Nowitzki, W. (2006, October). Facing the future of language learning. In Goethe Gesellschaft Society Meeting. Presented at Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.
Vaccarino, FA., & Walker, UG. (2006). Maintaining minority community languages and cultures in New Zealand through family biliteracy learning project. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Vaccarino, F., Walker, U.
Walker, UG. (2005, August). The role of community languages for successful settlement: Not a threat but promise!. : The Role of Community Languages in New Zealand Seminar.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Walker, U.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 0 3

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

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

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