Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Linguistics)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Zuwati is an expert in the field of language assessment – a crucial issue for teachers, especially in her home country Malaysia.
“Language assessment is a really important area. Sadly, there aren’t many experts in the area – at least, not in Malaysia,” she says. But she’s committed to changing that. She’s currently leading a research project on school-based assessment with researchers from New Zealand and Malaysia under the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) from the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
Before coming to the University of Waikato, Zuwati was an English language lecturer and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher trainer at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur .
She arrived in Hamilton in 2007 as the recipient of a PhD scholarship from the University of Malaya and the Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education, choosing Waikato for its reputation and expertise in applied linguistics and education.
Her PhD research focused on ESL writing and formative assessment, and she says she gained a lot from the process. “Doing a PhD isn’t without its challenges. However, I learnt to overcome the challenges I encountered and to persevere when the going got tough.”
“I was able to work collaboratively with my supervisors – Associate Professor Roger Barnard and Dr Rosemary De Luca – both of whom continuously challenged and supported me during my study. Ever since then we have kept up strong academic links.”
Zuwati is proud to now work at one of the top-ranked universities in the world. In a day, she can go from teaching to researching, to supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students.