Modern Languages Education (MLED)

All students in British Columbia’s elementary, middle and secondary schools learn a second or additional language as one of their regular school subjects. Most learn French in Grades 5 to 8, and many continue to Grade 12. Other languages are taught as well, especially at the Grade 9-12 level: Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, German, Punjabi, Russian (in interior BC) and Korean (online). Those interested in teaching a language other than French as one of their teachable subjects at the secondary level are invited to select Modern Languages as an option.

Admission & Advising Information for the BEd Degree – Teacher Education Program for Modern Languages
Visit the Teacher Education Office website for information on DELF/DALF.

LLED’s Graduate Programs integrate courses of study in applied linguistics, language, literature, culture and curriculum. We offer specialized, individualized and interdisciplinary graduate programs in French Immersion and other FSL approaches, as well as Asian and other languages education. These programs involve study in second language curriculum, assessment, acquisition, bilingualism and intercultural education.

Graduate Programs in Modern Languages Education

We offer specialized, individualized and interdisciplinary graduate programs in French immersion, French as a Second or Foreign Language [FSL, FFL], Asia-Pacific and the other modern languages education. These programs involve study in second language curriculum, assessment, second language acquisition, bilingualism and intercultural education.

Although there are formal course requirements for the advanced degrees, students in the graduate programs are encouraged, with the aim of individualizing each program of studies, to take graduate courses in the Departments of Anthropology/Sociology, Psychology, and Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts, as well as in the Departments of Educational Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Administrative Education, and Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education. In this way, each program is individually tailored to suit students’ talents and interests. The MEd and MA degrees are available on a part- or full-time basis and have no residency requirement, and the PhD has a two-year residency requirement. Research fellowships as well as a variety of scholarships are available for part-time and full-time students.

Recent thesis topics include teaching, instruction, acquisition, curriculum development, evaluation, language planning, interlanguage pragmatics, sociolinguistic and other applied linguistic approaches to modern languages education as well as post-structural, critical theory and feminist approaches to Asia-Pacific literature. Autonomous learning, multi-media, distance education, language acquisition, the role of the L1 and L2 in teaching, and the study of language loss are additional recent thesis topics.

The Modern Languages Education MEd, MA degrees and the LLED PhD offered through the Department of Language & Literacy Education, are also for students interested in developing educational programs in the teaching of Asian languages and cultural understanding, as well as in second language acquisition in the Asia Pacific context. The University of British Columbia is particularly well-situated, academically and geographically, to act as a Canadian hub of Asia Pacific Studies, with degree programs, research centres, institutes, and special library collections in various aspects of this growing field of inquiry.

MEd Cohort Program for Teachers in French Immersion, Core French, Intensive French and Francophone schools

This popular 30-credit Masters degree cohort program is for teachers of FSL programs (Core French, Intensive French, and French Immersion), as well as those teaching in Francophone schools. The program is entirely in French, with some readings in English. Students have the choice to complete course assignments in French or English. Proficiency in French is required.

Courses are delivered over 2 years in a fixed order. During the winter and spring semesters, students take 6 online courses (delivered through web conferencing), scheduled on Saturday mornings. The 2 summer courses are completed face-to-face in Montreal, Québec, Monday to Thursdays during the last three weeks of July. The three-week sojourn in Montreal provides a Francophone context for teachers to interact both inside, and outside of the classroom.

The final graduating project focuses on action research in second language teaching/learning, linking directly to teachers’ classroom practices and professional interests. The program includes foundation courses in research methods and content courses related to second language learning and teaching, within the larger field of applied linguistics.
This program is offered in partnership with the Faculty’s Professional Development and Community Engagement department. All program details can be found here.

LLED 520 Theory and Research in Teaching of Modern Languages
LLED 522 Asia Pacific Narratives as Inquiry on Interculturalism
LLED 525 Bilingual Education: Theory and Practice
LLED 565 Special Course in Subject Matter Field
LLED 570 Theory and Research in Language Curriculum: Discourse Perspectives
LLED 571 Theory and Research in Language Curriculum: Social Practice Perspectives
LLED 573 The Applications of Theories of Second Language Acquisition
LLED 601 Doctoral Seminar

MLED Resources




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Asia Pacific Resources

Asia-Pacific Specialization Students are encouraged to take additional courses in other Departments and Faculties (eg. Anthropology and Sociology, Asian Studies, Adult Education Educational Studies and Educational Psychology and Special Education) as their individualized program of studies requires.

For further information contact:

Graduate Academic Advisor
Dr. Ling Shi, e-mail:

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Asia Pacific Educational Studies in Language, Culture and Curriculum

Asia-Pacific General Sites

Asia-Pacific Studies/Research Sites


Memories of language lost and learned: parents and the shaping of Chinese as a heritage language in Canada
Author: Mizuta, Ai – Supervisor: Dr. Patricia Duff (03/17)

Plurilingual and pluricultural subject positioning of plurilingual students in a Francophone minority school in British Columbia
Author: Brisson, Genevieve – Supervisors: Dr. Theresa Rogers, Dr. Monique Bournot-Trites (01/17)

Authenticating “non-native speaker teacher” professional identity in French as a second language (FSL) education
Author: Wernicke-Heinrichs – Supervisors: Dr. Steven Talmy, Dr. Monique Bournot-Trites (09/13)

Predictors of Grade 3 French immersion students’ reading comprehension: The role of morphological awareness, vocabulary and second language cultural knowledge (11/09)
Author: Denizot, Isabelle – Supervisors: Dr. M. Bournot-Trites, Dr. L. Gunderson

The negotiating of teaching presence in international online contexts (11/08)
Author: Morgan, Tannis – Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Carey

Reading foreign language websites: A qualitative investigation of students’ reading strategies in German (11/08)
Author: Tallowitz, Ulrike – Supervisor: Dr. Monique Bournot-Trites

Language socialization in Canadian Hispanic communities: ideologies and practices (05/08)
Author: Guardado, Martin Jose – Supervisor: Dr. P. Duff


More than a tape-recorder: Negotiations of English Language Teacher Identities in the JET Program in Japan
Author: Takeda, Yuya – Supervisor: Dr. Ryuko Kubota (08/17)

Effect of peer tutoring in reading for boys in French immersion
Author: Hodson, Helen – Supervisor: Dr. Monique Bournot-Trites (10/11)

The effects of tiered corrective feedback on second language academic writing (11/10)
Author: Anderson, Timothy – Supervisor: Dr. M. Bournot Trites

Learning as Laowai: Race, social positioning, and Chinese language acquisition in China (11/10)
Author: Ilnyckyj, Roma – Supervisor: Dr. P. Duff

Dilemmas in an online academic discussion (05/10)
Author: Gallant, Jenny – Supervisor: Dr. S. Carey

Interactions and positionings of Spanish heritage language learners in Canadian high school Spanish classes: Negotiating ethnolinguistic identities and ideologies (11/09)
Author: Abdi, Klara – Supervisor: Dr. P. Duff

The effects of Wimba on learning: A student’s and faculty perspective (11/06)
Author: Wang, Tianxuan – Supervisor: Dr. S. Carey

Language use in the Japanese as a foreign language classroom (05/05)
Author: Nakamura, Emy – Supervisor: Dr. P. Duff