Rhonda Chung is a Ph.D. student in Education at Concordia University in Montreal and one of BILD’s newest members. Her research interests are in phonology and focusing on how learners perceive and process different dialects and accents of L2 French, in particular those novel to them. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Rhonda moved to Montreal in 2006 in a bid to learn our country’s other official language: French. What started out as linguistic curiosity soon became a journey into understanding second language acquisition.
Dr. Caroline Riches is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University. She is the Director of Teacher Education Programs & Certificates and MA programs in the department. Her research interests are in teacher education & development (Collaboration in Haitian Teacher Development: Cultivating Inclusive Action Research Practices) and bilingualism (Toward Achieving Canadian Bilingualism: Investigating Pre-service ESL and FSL Teachers’ Linguistic and Professional Identities).
This week’s blog post comes from Dr. Steve Peters, a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University with the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education and one of BILD’s newest members.
When I was growing up in downtown Toronto in the 1960s, I expect our elementary-school social studies textbooks must have said something or other about the early encounters of white European settlers with Indigenous peoples in Canada, although I don’t actually remember any words or images from the textbooks we were issued at Brown Public School, Jr. Almost certainly, though, the 1967-ish Ontario social studies curriculum referred to “explorers” and “Indians” and did not use words like “invasion” or “exploitation.”