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Alison

Alison Crump completed her PhD in Educational Studies in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University in 2014.  Her research interests include sociolinguistics, language policy, multilingualism, identity theory, critical race theory, language socialization, and qualitative inquiry.  She did her doctoral research with multilingual Japanese-Canadian preschoolers in Montreal, focusing on their understandings and experiences of growing up multilingual.  She developed a theoretical framework, LangCrit (Critical Language and Race Theory), to explore intersections of linguistic and racial identity and how children negotiate their identities and position themselves through language in different social and language policy contexts.  She also articulated a methodology for generating data with young children.  Her work has been published in Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, LEARNing Landscapes, Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, and Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. Her publications can be found here: https://mcgill.academia.edu/AlisonCrump. She is currently the Senior Managing Editor of J-BILD, the Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity.

Read the archive of Alison’s BILD musings here!

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Angelica

Angelica Galante was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and she has both Italian and Spanish heritage. Growing up, she would flexibly use Italian, Spanish and Portuguese in conversations and mixing languages has always been something natural for her.

Angelica has always been interested in learning languages but coming from a financially underprivileged family, she knew this would be a challenge. At the age of 13, however, she got her first scholarship to study English at a local private language institute. Knowing English opened several doors for her to further her studies.

She attended Universidade de São Paulo, where she took courses in Latin, Sanskrit, ancient Greek, Esperanto, and Tupi. After completing her undergraduate studies, Angelica began teaching English as a Foreign language, went back to school to study Theatre, and formed an indie rock band. After performing for a few years, Angelica felt the rock star life and acting were not for her and decided to focus on language learning and teaching.

She spent 15 years in Brazil teaching English, designing language curricula, experimenting with drama in language learning, and coordinating a language school. In 2009, Angelica moved to Canada as an international graduate student in the Applied Linguistics program at Brock University, in St. Catharines. Four years later, she became a permanent resident and moved to Toronto to pursue her PhD in language education at OISE/University of Toronto. During her graduate studies, she also taught several courses at Niagara College, George Brown College, University of Toronto, York University and Brock University. She moved to Montreal in 2018, when she accepted a position as assistant professor in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University and proudly became a BILD member.

Her hybrid and ever-changing identity has contributed to her research interests. She is particularly interested in examining the effects of plurilingual instruction on plurilingual and pluricultural competence, vocabulary learning, and identity building. In her free time, she likes to practice French, go to rock concerts, ride her bike, watch movies and play with her cat Leonard (named after Leonard Cohen).

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April

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April Passi is a PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. She completed her MA in Second Language Education in the same department in 2015 and has worked as a research assistant for two different projects related to Indigenous language revitalization. She also teaches English as a second/subsequent language at a variety of institutions and occasionally works as a substitute teacher in Montreal’s public schools. Teaching gives her plenty of opportunities to observe the interaction between language and identity, and is also a driving force in her doctoral research. April’s doctoral work will explore Indigenous language revitalization and language policy in Canada, language teacher training, and interactions between Eurocentric and Indigenous knowledges and methodologies.  Her research interests include multicultural education, Indigenous methodologies, language ideology, language teaching, and teacher training.

You can read April’s posts for BILD here!

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Caroline D.

L’intérêt de Caroline pour la sociolinguistique est né lors d’une année passée comme assistante de langue en Angleterre où elle était, après une vingtaine d’années passées en contexte monolingue, non seulement immergée dans une nouvelle langue, mais également confrontée à la perception d’autres francophones de sa propre langue.

De retour au Québec, devenue enseignante de français langue seconde, elle a obtenu sa maitrise en linguistique appliquée à l’Université Concordia. Questionnant la vision unilingue qui prévaut encore dans certains milieux d’enseignement où l’on exige que les apprenants laissent leur langue maternelle à la porte de la classe, elle a exploré l’utilisation d’une approche de comparaisons interlangagières en enseignement du français langue seconde auprès d’adultes immigrants.

Désormais faculty lecturer au Centre d’enseignement du français de l’université McGill, elle souhaite aborder les approches interlangagières d’un point de vue social, par exemple en examinant le lien entre ces approches, la validation de l’identité linguistique des apprenants et leur intégration dans leur société d’accueil.

Ses publications sont disponibles ici : https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Caroline_Dault

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Caroline R.

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).

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Emmanouela

Emmanouela is a PhD candidate at the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at McGill University. She was born and raised in Greece’s capital, Athens, and has always been inspired by languages, art and literature. Before coming to Canada, she obtained her BA in Greek Philology at the University of Athens (Greece), her MSt in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford (UK), and her MSc in Language Education at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Her research interests include language learning, heritage language education, cultural contexts and learning, sociolinguistics, and identity theory. Her doctoral work will explore Greek Heritage Language teachers’ identities and educational practices. She has worked as a Greek Language teacher and an English as a Second Language teacher, and is currently working as a research assistant in a study on English-speaking history teachers, and more specifically on how they understand the Quebec/Canadian history program and teach it to help integrate their students into Quebec society. Besides teaching, studying and writing, Emmanouela loves traveling, skiing and going to good concerts!

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Florence

Florence Sedaminou Muratet has a Master of Arts in anthropology (Paris X University) and a Master of Arts in Teaching French (La Réunion University). Born in France from West African parents, Florence grew up in a multicultural family where Portuguese, English, Yoruba and French were the languages that she used with her relatives. That inspired her to study anthropolinguistic. She is currently a Faculty Lecturer in the Arts Faculty’s French Language Centre and devoted educator who gained invaluable experience while working in Hong Kong, South Africa, France and India. But she is also a proud mum of two young boys who grew up in several countries, speak 3 languages and are keen to help their mum knowing more about plurilingualism and intercultural mindset.

Her research interests focus on an anthropological approach to the use of ICT in language teaching practice.

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John

John Wayne N. dela Cruz was born and raised in the Philippines, and moved to Alberta, Canada 8 years ago. In that journey, he learned Tagalog, English, French, and his heritage languages Ilocano and Kapampangan. After finishing his BA (Hon) in Anthropology in 2016, he decided to teach English on the south shore of Montréal as a Language Monitor in oral conversation workshops (where, to a smaller degree, he also helped teach French to francisation students, who are fresh immigrants to Québec). He recently started an MA in Applied Linguistics to further learn about the ways by which we teach and learn languages. As a researcher, he is interested in investigating the intersections and interactions of language (use, pedagogy, and acquisition), culture, and identity – topics that are personally relevant to him as an immigrant and language learner and teacher. Concurrently, he still works in language teaching in different capacities, as well as in research on plurilingualism and pluriculturalism.

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Kathleen

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Kathleen (Apple) Green is a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, where her research will focus on the long-term effects of Mandarin language exchange programs. Kathleen began studying Mandarin on an academic exchange to Wenzhou, China in 2005 and has been interested in Mandarin second language education ever since. In 2012, she received a master’s degree in linguistics from Fu Jen University in Xinzhuang, Taiwan. Her master’s thesis focused on the use of pragmatic markers in non-native speech in Mandarin. Kathleen has several years of language teaching experience, including an introductory Mandarin Chinese course at a weekend school established by the Chinese Cultural Association of New Brunswick.

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Mehdi

Mehdi Babaei is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. His research interests include language and identity, multilingualism, critical sociolinguistics, and TESOL teacher education. He has been actively involved in three areas of teaching, research, and translation over the past few years.  In his doctoral research, Mehdi is interested in exploring how multilingual immigrants with higher education qualifications perceive their language learning experiences in intercultural Québec, how they are invested in learning French and English as an additional language, what barriers they perceive, and how their new identities are constructed and negotiated through their use of multiple languages.

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Mela

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Mela Sarkar was born in Calcutta, India, to a transplanted Ukrainian-Canadian farm girl and a Bangladeshi Brahmin who had met as grad students at the University of Manitoba in 1953. They wound up settling in Toronto, where she grew up. Issues of heritage versus dominant languages, plurilingualism/ pluriculturalism, and hybrid identities were therefore inevitably woven into the fabric of everyday normal for her. She has never gotten over the frustration of not being able to understand when her parents spoke Ukrainian and Bengali to their friends and relations, and has been trying to one-up them linguistically ever since. Moving to Montreal and raising two French-English bilingual children with a Québécois de souche partner was one way of trying to deal with that frustration. As a student Mela lived in Montreal, Paris, Nanjing and Toronto, collecting degrees from McGill (B.A. East Asian Studies, 1982) and Concordia (M.A. 1993, Ph.D. 2000). Her training in second language acquisition at Concordia under Patsy Lightbown provided a model of unparalleled doctoral supervision that she has striven to live up to ever since. Since taking up her current position at McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education in 2001, she has branched out from SLA into sociolinguistic inquiry, with a focus on empowering minority-language speakers through diversification of their communicative repertoires. She has also worked with several dozen M.A. or Ph.D. students in a supervisory or advisory committee capacity and has been immeasurably enriched thereby. In her spare time, when not volunteering on the board of Montreal’s South Asian Women’s Community Centre, she knits and quilts for her grandchildren (four or five at last count). Mela is as proud of her BILD blog posts as of her academic papers—you can browse them here.

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Rhonda

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Rhonda Chung is a mother, settler, and woman of colour from Tkaronto (Toronto). Her multi-ethnic heritage is the result of the many waves of migration that British imperialism engineered to flood the Americas. If you ask her where she’s really from, you’ll get quite the story–one which guides her in her doctoral studies in applied linguistics at Concordia University where she is training to be a critical applied sociophonologist. The perceptual processing of L2 dialects is her main research query, and she is focused on understanding the cognitive mechanisms that learners employ when developing their L2 sound categories. Her research specifically focuses on the acquisition of French as an additional language, and considers how diverse and inclusive the language learning classroom is for the dialects of native and non-native speakers alike.

Rhonda enjoys horror films, telling outrageous stories to family and friends, writing poetry, tending to her peperomia argyreia, and listening to everything from Los Indios Tabajaras to The Misfits.

www.rhondachung.com

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Sumanthra

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Sumanthra Govender is a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Her research interests are in identity formation, ethnic affiliation, heritage language education and maintenance, minority language rights and policies, sociolinguistics, and multiculturalism/multilingualism. Sumanthra has a Higher Diploma in Theoretical Linguistics from University College Dublin. Her dissertation focused on the duration of disyllabic words in Tamil. In 2002, Sumanthra graduated from Concordia University with a Master’s of Arts in Applied Linguistics. Her master’s thesis focused on assessing the depth of word knowledge among ESL/EFL learners through multiple word association responses. Sumanthra has been primarily teaching ESL (academic writing) and/or TESL at several universities and colleges in Montreal since 2002. She has also taught in Edmonton, Prague, and Toulouse. In addition, she is also an acting language specialist for the Standards Councils of Canada – ISO working group TC232 – focusing on language learning services in non-formal education and training environments.

Explore Sumanthra’s posts on BILD over here!

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Sunny

Sunny Man Chu Lau is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada. Her interest in and advocacy for critical approaches to second language (L2) learning can be traced back to her English language experience both as a learner and as an educator in Hong Kong. Born and raised in this former British colony, since very young, she came to know and experience the hegemonic power of ESL, “English as a superior language” (Pennycook, 1998), in everyday life and how it impacted learners’ relationship with the language as well as with their life chances. One initiative she introduced to Bishop’s BA Double Major in English Second Language Teaching and Secondary Education Program was creating the course titled Critical Pedagogical Orientations to Second Language Teaching  in order to promote pre-service teachers’ critical understanding of  the sociopolitical dimensions in L2 education and to foster their commitment in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching.

Before coming to Bishop’s, she obtained her doctoral degree in Second Language Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Jim Cummins. Her doctoral thesis, “Practising critical literacy with English language learners: An integrative approach” (2010), together with her commitment to critical scholarships in language studies, won her the 2012 Founders’ Emergent Scholars Award (sponsored by the International Society for Language Studies and Language Studies Foundation). Apart from being a member of a multi-institutional research team on second language reading and writing, she is the principal investigator of two recent research projects (funded respectively by the Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada—SSHRC and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture–FRQSC). Both projects, one at the elementary level and the other one at Cégep, examine cross-language and -curricular collaborations between English and French teachers in their employment of plurilingual and translanguaging pedagogies to facilitate students’ plurilingual competence and critical literacy engagements. As she seeks dialogic approaches to theory-building, her chief focus is on collaborative classroom research with school partners. Further, she engages in ethnographic study in order to gain insights in how language is used. To prepare teachers for diverse learners, she conducts research on culturally responsive teacher education and migrant teacher preparation and integration. She has published in Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Intercultural Education, The Reading Teacher, The New Educator Journal, Journal of Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices, Journal of Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts, etc.

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