Meike Wernicke is Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. She has an extensive background in Modern language teaching (German and French), French Linguistics, as well as German heritage language education. Her research in FSL teacher education has focused on study abroad and teacher identity and extends to research interests in intercultural education, bi-/multilingual language policy and pedagogies, and discourse analytic research methodologies.

Her international research includes projects associated with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages at the Centre for Modern Language in Graz, Austria, as well as an International Project on Multilingualism and Teacher Education at the Universität Hamburg, Germany.

Within the Canadian context, her projects include initiatives supporting the integration of Indigenous perspectives and content in K-12 and postsecondary education. Her current research examines teacher professional development in French language curriculum implementation in British Columbia and in association with the development of a professional language portfolio.

Since 2016 she has coordinated the French Master of Education in Modern Languages ( as well as the Institut de Français – UBC à Québec, a summer professional development program for in-service French language teachers (

Selected Publications

Van Viegen, S., Wernicke, M., & Zappa-Hollman, S. (2019). On reconceptualizing linguistic and cultural boundaries in Canadian universities. TESL Canada Journal, 36(1), vi–xxi.

Wernicke, M., & Talmy, S. (2018) Interaction in qualitative questionnaires: From self-report to intersubjective achievement. Applied Linguistics Review, 9(4).

Wernicke, M. (2018) Plurilingualism as agentive resource in L2 teacher identity. System, 79, 91–102.

Wernicke, M. (2017) Navigating native speaker ideologies as FSL teacher. Canadian Modern Language Review, 73(2).

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. (2016). Hierarchies of authenticity in study abroad: French From Canada versus French from France? Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 19(2), 1–21.

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.