Student Profiles

Transnational Chinese/Canadian families; multiethnic families; multilingualism; World Englishes; ethnography; language socialization; discourse analysis; pre-K to 12 education; classroom interaction; teacher training and professional development

Research video:


Digital literacy and teacher education.

Language socialization; second language writing; second language acquisition; TESL/TEFL; Chinese as an additional language.


intercultural communication, TESL, adult education

Language socialization in diasporic contexts; the Chilean diaspora as of 1973; linguistic ethnography; discourse analysis; cultural production and exile; language policy and planning; language ideology; multimodality



literacy practices of Francophones in minority settings, identities, multiple literacies, children’s literacy practices, and children’s and young adult literature.


Sociocultural & political issues in English education (Korean context), Critical pedagogies in TESOL, Critical language policy and planning, Classroom discourse analysis, Critical ethnography, Teacher education.

Race and TESOL; foreign English teacher recruitment in East Asia; English learning ideology; native and non-native speakers in L2 education; critical applied linguistics; second language acquisition.

adolescent literacy, Aboriginal education, culturally responsive teaching & research practices, narrative research, fundamental adolescent & adult education



Fee-paying international students in K–12 public schools; sociocultural/political issues in K–12 ESL/EAL education; language socialization; discourse analysis; qualitative research & research methodology; Korean as an additional language learning.

academic discourse socialization; sociocultural dimensions of academic writing; identity and investment; qualitative and quantitative research methodology; language assessment

English for professional academic purposes; systemic functional linguistics; grammatical metaphor in 2nd language writing; semiotic mediation; multimodality; grammatics and student inquiry in EAP.

L2 testing and it’s role in shaping learner beliefs, motivations, identity (re)formations, and short/long-term investments; large-scale high-stakes language test validity; L2 test washback on pedagogical practices and classroom environments; Vygotskian and other sociocultural theories of identity (re)formation.

Second language writing; world Englishes; English as a lingua franca; standard language ideology; sociolinguistic approaches to writing; English in China.


Youth media production, Latin America, media literacy, democratic life, participatory politics, gender/feminist studies, affect theory

Identity construction, poetic and narrative inquiry, critical youth and girls’ studies, feminisms, critical pedagogy, participatory research methods.  Her PH.D is titled Who’s the Write Girl? and explores through poetic and narrative inquiry the complex and multiple ways young women labelled ‘at-risk’ enrolled in a creative writing program understand, respond, and speak back to the label(s) that have been attached to them. She teaches creative writing courses and lectures on narrative approaches to research, feminisms, and girls’ studies.

Language ideology, language desire, English as a Second language writing

Early literacy; family literacy; sociocultural literacy practice.

Second language writing; textual borrowing in graduate-level academic writing; communities/networks of practice; dialogic discourse analysis; socio-cultural theories of literacy; language assessment; mixed-methods research methodology 

Second language writing; globalization and ELT; English pedagogies in EFL contexts; non-native English teacher issues.

second language writing; writing center studies; globalization and education; internationalization of higher education; language (education) policy

Digital Humanities, Digital Literacy, Media, Design, Semiotics, Visual Literacy, Visual Rhetoric.

Inclusive early literacy; early literacy in the lives of young children labelled with significant disabilities; family literacy and early literacy in community settings, particularly public libraries; digital media in early childhood; children’s literature.


Poetry and poetics; spirituality; creativity; contemplative pedagogy; holistic education; writing; literacy; literature; arts based research; hermeneutic phenomenology and a/r/tography.

Theatre and drama in education; Multimodality and Multiliteracies; Postcolonial theory; Critical race theory; Feminist theory and methodologies; Poststructural theory; Ethnography

Bilingualism and biliteracy, multiliteracies, language and literacy socialization, early literacy, family literacy, in- and out- of school literacy practices; K–12 English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL), Korean as a Second Language (KSL); critical sociolinguistics, migration, globalization, and language issues; discourse analysis, ethnography; critical pedagogy, bilingual education.

Early literacy, classroom literacy instructional practices, and teacher training and development in literacy instruction.

TESOL, peer language sociaization, language learning in study abroad contexts, English as a Lingua Franca, ethnography, mobile technologies as research tools. 

Family literacy, early literacy, literacy in digital contexts.

Applied Linguistics, TESOL, EAP, Language Socialization, Discourse Analysis
Related interests: qualitative research, teacher training, globalization and education, language and identity

Theatre and drama in education, arts-based research, second language acquisition, TESL, bilingualism and multilingualism, immigration, social justice.

Chinese applied linguistics; second language acquisition; language socialization; technology assisted language learning.

Blended Classrooms, English Language Learners, Educational Technology, Communities of Practice, Multimodality, K-12 Education.