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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.
Applied linguistics, Sociolinguistics
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401): Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistics (200400)