Meike Wernicke

Dr. Meike Wernicke

Associate Professor

she / sie / elle 604–827–2070 PCN 3145
Research and teaching areas:

Bilingual/multilingual education

Critical Intercultural Studies

Decolonizing pedagogies and knowledges

Discourse Analysis

French Language Education


Language Planning and Policy

Teacher Education


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC. Prior to  working at UBC, I spent fourteen years at Capilano University as Languages Coordinator and German Department Chair. My current scholarship in French language teacher education builds on a twenty-five-year career in modern language teaching (German and French), German heritage language education, and French Linguistics. As a settler on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory, my research focuses on critical multilingual perspectives in language teacher education and intercultural studies. I am especially interested in the ideological and discursive workings of language as these inform power relations, education policy, the construction of knowledge, and the lived experiences of language learners and teachers.

My research in international contexts has included collaborations at the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML) in Graz, Austria, and a project on multilingualism in teacher education with the Koordinierungsstelle für Mehrsprachigkeit und sprachliche Bildung at Universität Hamburg, Germany. In Canada I have collaborated in multi-institutional projects coordinated by the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers on teacher professionalization in French language education, as well as projects on curriculum implementation and the integration of decolonizing approaches and Indigenous knowledges in French language education. I am past program coordinator for the French Master of Education in Modern Languages and UBC’s Institut de français in Quebec City (2016-2023) and served on the executive of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (2016-2020) and the Vancouver German School (2013-2018).


2023-2024: Centering the Indigenous Languages in Canadian Multilingual Education

This project centers on relationship-building within an emerging network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, researchers, and community practitioners who are interested in either advancing the reclamation of their Indigenous languages or to better support these revitalization efforts across official and heritage language education programs in Canada. (SSHRC Connection Grant, co-applicant)

2022-2024: A narrative inquiry into the multilingual lives of French language teacher candidates

This study examines how French language teacher candidates understand their linguistic identities in relation to their emerging instructional practices and professional identities, as well as the challenges and supports in validating a multilingual identity as French language educators in Canada. (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, PI)

2020-2021: Fostering diversity in scholarship and teaching in a global university community

In this study we asked how does internationalization relate to linguistic diversity in the university context, specifically the documented constraints faced by linguistically and culturally diverse populations in English-medium higher education settings. (SSHRC Explore Grant, PI)

2020-2022: Identifying Requirements and Gaps in French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher Education: Recommendations and Guidelines

This two-year research project involved a partnership with researchers at the University of Ottawa and the University of New Brunswick with the aim to identify ways to better equip new FSL teachers for success in the early stages of their careers. (Canadian Heritage, co-applicant)

2018-2021: Engaging Second Language Teachers in Intercultural Learning: Towards Greater Self-Awareness and Agency

This study investigated critical and decolonizing approaches to engaging with intercultural learning in language education with pre-service and in-service FSL teachers in British Columbia. (Hampton Grant, PI)


LLED 352: Teaching and Learning French as a Second Language in Multilingual Settings: Elementary | Enseignement et apprentissage du français langue seconde en milieu multilingue à l’élémentaire

LLED 353: Teaching and Learning English as an Additional Language – Elementary | L’enseignement et l’apprentissage de l’anglais langue additionnelle à l’élémentaire

LLED 489: Applied Linguistics for Teachers |La linguistique appliquée dans l’enseignement du français

LLED 520: Theory and research in second language teaching |Théorie et recherche reliées à l’enseignement des langues secondes

LLED 521: Critical Intercultural Studies : Theory, research and practice | L’éducation interculturelle d’une perspective critique

LLED 590  Graduating Paper/Project | Mémoire/Projet final

Selected Publications

Wernicke, M. (2023)
L’insécurité linguistique dans l’enseignement du français langue seconde: De quoi parle-t-on? OLBI Journal, 13, 199–222.
Culligan, K., Battistuzzi, A., Wernicke, M., & Masson, M. (2023)
Teaching French as a second language (FSL) in Canada: Convergence points of language, professional knowledge, and mentorship from teacher preparation through the beginning years. Canadian Modern Language Review. Advance access. DOI:
Kunnas, M., Masson, M., & Wernicke, M. (2023)
Stories and counter-stories from French second language researchers. Glottopol-Revue de sociolinguistique en ligne, 39, 212-230.
Wernicke, M., Masson, M., Arnott, S., Le Bouthillier, J., & Kristmanson, P. (2022)
La rétention d’enseignantes et d’enseignants de français langue seconde au Canada: au-delà d’une stratégie de recrutement. Éducation et francophonie, 50(2).
Wernicke, M. (2022)
« M’améliorer, c’est pour le reste de ma vie »: L’importance d’une culture professionnelle dans la formation à l’enseignement du français. In R. Léger & G. Brisson (Eds.), La francophonie de la Colombie-Britannique: Éducation, diversité et identités. Les Presses de l’Université Laval.
Wernicke, M. (2022)
“I’m Trilingual – So What?”: Official French/English Bilingualism, Race, and French Language Teachers’ Linguistic Identities in Canada. The Canadian Modern Language Review, e20210074.
Wernicke, M. (2021)
Four ‘moments’ of intercultural encountering. Teaching in Higher Education, 26(7–8), 1130–1140.
Wernicke, M., Hammer, S., Hansen, A., & Schroedler, T. (Eds.). (2021)
Wernicke, M. (2020)
Wernicke, M. (2020)
Language Teachers on Study Abroad: A Discourse Analytic ‎Approach to Teacher Identity. International Journal of Society, Culture & Language, 8(2), 1–16.
Wernicke, M. (2020).
Constructing “other” identities as French second language teacher. In N. Rudolph, A. F. Selvi, & B. Yazan (Eds.), The complexity of identity and interaction in language education (pp. 43–61). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Van Viegen, S., Wernicke, M., & Zappa-Hollman, S. (2019).
Wernicke, M. (2018)
Plurilingualism as agentive resource in L2 teacher identity. System, 79, 91–102.
Wernicke, M., & Talmy, S. (2018)
Arnott, S., Brogden, L., Faez, F., Péguret, M., Piccardo, E., Rehner, K., Taylor, S., Wernicke, M. (2017)
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in Canada: A Research Agenda. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 20(1), 31–54.
Wernicke, M. (2017)
Navigating native speaker ideologies as FSL teacher. Canadian Modern Language Review, 73(2, 1–29).
Wernicke, M. (2016).

Wernicke, M. & Bournot-Trites, M. (2011)
Introducing the CEFR in BC: Questions and challenges. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 14(2), 106-128.
Wernicke, M. (2010)
Study abroad as professional development for FSL teachers. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 13(1), 4-18.