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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Julie Kerekes
Associate Professor

phone: (416) 978-0303
email: julie.kerekes@utoronto.ca  
website: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/mlc/kerekes.htm

Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies
Comparative, International and Development Education
Secondary Education


Research Overview

Dr. Julie Kerekes is an Associate Professor in Language and Literacies Education (formerly Second Language Education) in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. Her research and teaching focus on language and power in conversational and institutional settings, particularly workplace ESL (English as a Second Language), as well as on the professional development of second language teachers. Current projects examine the consequences of immigrant status and second language ability for employment seekers in Toronto/Canada contexts; interlanguage pragmatics in electronic communications; curricular recommendations for ESL instruction for internationally educated nurses; interactional dynamics in employment interviews and other institutional gatekeeping encounters; the discursive construction of racial identity in transracial families; and discourses of language teachers in professional development programs. She has published articles in _Journal of Pragmatics_, _Language in Society_, _Prospect_, and several invited book chapters.

Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Julie_Kerekes_CV.pdf

Academic History

Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, Stanford University
M.A. in English as a Second Language, University of Hawaii at Manoa
B.A. in Linguistics and German, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Overview

Dr. Kerekes teaches pre-service and graduate courses in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and ESL Across the Curriculum. Her teaching and research focus on linguistic manifestations of social (in)equities and the role intercultural communication plays in language teaching and learning. Utilizing an action research approach, she connects research to practice through facilitation of teachers' reflective and empirical investigations of their own practices.

Research Grants and Contracts

2011-2014. Enhancing internationally educated nursesí language competencies: Fair and effective systems change (Co-Investigator). Funded by Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

2008-2012. Internationally educated employment seekers in North America: An ideological and sociolinguistic investigation of their experiences (Principal Investigator). Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

2004. California State University Creative Leave Grant: High-Stakes Intercultural Gatekeeping Encounters: Linking the Findings to Teachers' and Employers' Practices

2002. California State University Innovative Instruction Award: Meeting the Writing Needs of Second and Foreign Language Teachers-in-Training: Curricular Changes to "TESL 560: Theories of Teaching and Learning Second Languages"

Honours and Awards

1999. Award for Research on Issues Relevant to Minority Education, Stanford University.
1993. Harry Whitten Prize for Scholarly Excellence, University of Hawaii at Manoa.