Aziz Khan

Aziz completed a Master of Arts in Language Teaching and Learning and is now studying for a PhD in Applied Linguistics.

Aziz Khan

“I have been studying as a postgraduate student at the University of Auckland since July 2010. I completed my Master of Arts in Language Teaching and Learning with First Class Honours and am now studying for a PhD. My thesis topic involves primary school teachers’ language perceptions, preferences, and practices in rural Pakistan.

“Throughout this journey, I have found that the teaching staff at the Faculty of Arts are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that students do not face any hurdles. The same goes for the library, technical and supporting staff.  The student life is also rich and eventful.

“All in all, I have loved every moment of my stay here at the University, working with people who are friendly, approachable, and committed. The last five years of my life have been extremely rewarding, both intellectually and socially. I won a Graduate Student Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), which covers travel costs to a linguistics conference in Toronto. It’s a great honour and for a PhD student, getting this is huge. I also received a Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the International Research Foundation (TIRF), a non-profit organisation whose mission is to generate new knowledge about English language teaching and learning. This is a very competitive award as people from around the world apply for it.

“New Zealand is a beautiful country, and when I found out about the impressive rankings of the University of Auckland, it was an obvious choice for me to move from Pakistan to study here.”


Learn more about studying Applied Linguistics.