Ms SeungHee Cindy Pak

2008 Master of Arts in Language Teaching and Learning, University of Auckland, New Zealand (1st Class Honours)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


SeungHee studied a BA, then a post graduate TESOL in Korea prior to New Zealand where she completed two Masters qualifications with Honours (The University of Auckland). She has language teaching experiences in Korea (English) and New Zealand (Korean). She also has worked as a researcher for four years at the National Institute of Education (Singapore) where she was involved in several education research projects. She is now embarking on a PhD in Applied Linguistics at The University of Auckland. . 

Research | Current

Motivation, Identity and Habitus: language practices and social trajectories of refugee youth in New Zealand

My PhD research aims to re-examine the concepts of motivation and investment as explanations for
language learning and linguistic practices through a focus on the resettlement experiences of refugee
youth in New Zealand. I draw on Bourdieu’s notion of ‘habitus’, ‘capital’ and ‘field’ (1991) and utilise
an ethnographic qualitative methodology including volunteer work, a researcher’s journal, interviews and
photo-voice (i.e. photos and written text as well as monthly storytelling about the photos taken).


2013 Fellow, National Post Graduate Awards, New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women, New Zealand

2008  Best Thesis Competition Masters Winner, The Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ), New Zealand

2007  Masters Research Awards, Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences Network (BRCSS), New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Collins, F. L., & Pak, S. (2008). Language and Skilled Migration: The outcomes of overseas language study for South Korean students in New Zealand. Asian Population Studies, 4 (3), 347-362. 10.1080/17441730802496540
  • Tin, T. B., & Pak, S. (2007). A comparison of academic lectures with low and high student interest. Paper presented at The Role of English as a Lingua Paedagogica in Teaching and Learning in International Education, (Centre for Research in International Education International Conference)., AIS St Helens, Auckland. 29 June - 30 June 2007.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tan Bee Tin

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 313
New Zealand