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Languages and Literacies Education (LLE) Graduate Student Profiles



Yecid Ortega


Yecid is a PhD student in the Language and Literacies & Comparative, International, and Development Education Programs. His main research interests draw from ethnographic approaches and critical approaches to research in language teacher education. He explores how social justice juxtaposes with concepts of culture, race, linguistics, human rights, and gender equality in different language teacher education programs (e.g., TESOL, EFL/ESL) in international contexts.

Research interest: Critical Pedagogy, Ethnography, Social Justice, Raciolinguistics, Peace education

Email: yecid.ortega@mail.utoronto.ca



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Hyeyoon Cho

Hyeyoon is a PhD Candidate in the Language and Literacies Education program. Her research is primarily focused on second language writing. For her Masters degree, she conducted research on the needs and struggles of EFL Korean writers and bi-directional rhetorical transfer in the writing of Korean learners. Her current research interests include second language writing, computer-assisted language learning, and sociocultural theory. She is specifically interested in second language collaborative writing using Web 2.0 tools (e.g., Google Docs).

Email: hyeyoon.cho@mail.utoronto.ca

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Ahmed Kandil

Ahmed Kandil started his TESOL career in 1992 upon obtaining his BA from Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt). Ten years later, he received his Master’s degree from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK). Throughout his career, Ahmed assumed the roles of TESOL instructor, curriculum designer, instructional supervisor, and unit coordinator. His main research interests are related to instructional supervision and the teaching of vocabulary.

Email: ahmed.kandil@mail.utoronto.ca



Conttia Lai

Conttia Lai is a PhD candidate in the Language and Literacies Education program. Her research interests include academic literacies development, academic writing pedagogy, self-regulated learning, and learner motivation. She teaches academic writing in the International Foundation Program at New College and the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication at U of T. Her thesis research, comprising four case studies of the textual borrowing practices of international graduate students, is largely informed by her teaching practices and interactions with second language student writers in higher education contexts.

Email: conttia.lai@mail.utoronto.ca

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Tiffany Ng

Tiffany Ng is a second-year PhD student in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning department at the University of Toronto (OISE).  Her diverse research interests stem from her fascination with languages and her personal language experience as a young immigrant in Canada.  Recently, she has developed a growing interest in the areas of mixed-method research and second language education policies.  She is fluent in English and Cantonese Chinese; currently, she is also learning German, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.   Her current research interests include: multilingual education, minority language learning and maintenance, second language teaching and learning, mutlilingual pedagogies, language policy, mixed-method research.

Email: tiffanyyy.ng@mail.utoronto.ca



Jin-Suk Yang

Jin-Suk Yang’s research interests include: study-abroad, learner beliefs, qualitative research, and sociopragmatic aspects of language learning.

Email: jinsuk.yang@mail.utoronto.ca



Angelica Galante


Angelica Galante is a PhD Candidate in LLE and the recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral award, the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation award from The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English language education, and the 2017 New College Senior Doctoral Fellowship at the International Foundation Program. Angelica has over 20 years of experience as an instructor, both in Brazil and Canada, and currently teaches Applied Linguistics and TESL courses.


Her interests include experimental mixed methods research, effects of innovative classroom approaches and English language teaching to multilingual/plurilingual students. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the effects of plurilingual instruction compared to monolingual instruction in a university EAP program. A plurilingual herself, she speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as a little French and Italian.


 Angelica has presented in several conferences, including IATEFL, AAAL, AILA, and ACLA. Her publications have appeared in edited books and journal articles, including TESOL Quarterly and TESL Canada Journal. 

Email: angelica.galante@mail.utoronto.ca


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