Language and Literacy Education

Language and Literacy Education focuses on critical and contemporary issues at the intersections of literacy learning and cultural and societal transformation. It covers topics such as identity and literacy, cultural literacy practices, Indigenous literacies, family literacy, literature and new media, digital literacies, poetry, literacy in developing contexts, literacy development across the lifespan, educational linguistics, discourse and multimodal analysis, critical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature, EAL (English as an additional language) literacy, assessment, teacher education and creative/arts-based approaches to literacy learning.

Students engage with critical societal issues that impact these topics, such as equity and inclusion, immigration and globalization, gender, youth culture, relationships among communities and educational institutions, and public policy.


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Faculty Members in Language and Literacy Education

Name Research Interests
Ahmed, Anwar Languages and literature
Belliveau, George Theatre, Arts-based research, Drama Education, Research-based Theatre, Interdisciplinary Arts
Bryson, Mary technology, media, cultural studies, gender, queer theory, deviance studies, post-colonial pedagogies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, media and gender, media and education
Corella Morales, Meghan Other languages and literature; Academic Discourse; Children and youth; Discourse Analysis; Language ideology; Sociolinguistics
Darvin, Ron development of diverse digital practices for learners of unequal resources
Dobson, Teresa Media and communications; Literary Education; Digital Literacy; Digital Humanities; Text Visualization
Galla, Candace what types of technology initiatives (low-, mid-, or high) Indigenous language communities are using to revitalize, maintain, and promote their language
Gladwin, Derek Other languages and literature; Cultural Studies; Digital & Media Literacy; Environmental & Energy Literacy; Environmental Humanities; Food Literacy; Literary Education; Sustainability Education; Writing & Rhetoric
Gunderson, Lee Paul Languages and literature; reading-research; immigrant-achievement; home literacy environment
Hare, Jan Aboriginal youth mobility, Aboriginal family and community perspectives on early literacy, literature, identity construction and urban Aboriginal youth, Cultural studies, early childhood, first nations education
Jenson, Jennifer Other languages and literature; Digital Cultures and Education; Digital Games; Game-based Learning; Gender; Online Learning; technology; Technology Implementation and integration
Kendrick, Maureen literacy, digital literacy, Children and youth, ESL, international perspectives
Kumpulainen, Kristiina Languages and literature; Critical literacies/pedagogies; Digital Literacies; identity; Multiliteracy and multimodality; Place-based literacies; Storytelling/narrative inquiry
Li, Guofang longitudinal studies of immigrant children
Rajagopal, Harini Multiliteracy and multimodality; Bilingual/Multilingual education; Decolonizing pedagogies and knowledges
Rogers, Theresa Children's literatures; Other languages and literature; Children's and Adolescent Literature; Digital Literacies; Education; Educational Approaches; Literacy; Youth Studies

Student & Alumni Stories in Language and Literacy Education

Lauryn Oates

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)

Lucía Terra

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)

Pramod Sah

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)

Andrea Hoff

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)

Esteban Morales

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)

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