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The Centre for Educational Research in Languages and Literacies (CERLL) is proud to share that the second annual Symposium of Southern Ontario Universities on New Perspectives in Language Education was held successfully in the summer. 

On June 11-12, 2021, more than 150 participants from all over the world attended and took part in over 30 presentations about language and literacies education. Dr. Farahnaz Faez, our Plenary Speaker for Day One, from Western University in London, Ontario Canada, gave a talk titled “Teacher language proficiency and teacher efficacy: Exploring relationships and impacting factors.” Dr. Ajit Mohanty, our second day Plenary Speaker, from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, delivered a talk titled “Changing contours of multilingualism: challenges and chances for multilingual education.” Both of their presentations were timely in relating to the latest languages and literacies research and trends. 

CERLL would like to thank everyone who attended, presented, and supported this successful Symposium. It was truly amazing to see many members of the Languages and Literacies community from all over the world, come together and partake in this sharing of emerging research and considerations for these changing times. We have already begun planning for our next Symposium in Spring 2022 and look forward to reuniting with you there.

Upcoming Events

Coming Nov 2021


The CERLL Informal Seminar series is a space for students to share their in-progress research on topics related to language and literacies education, sponsored by the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies at OISE/University of Toronto. The informal seminar series is a collaborative and support space for students to work through ideas, share their interests, and gain experience presenting their work. Students are encouraged to participate at any stage of their program, in order to foster a strong and supportive community of developing researchers. 


If you are interested in sharing your work with the OISE community through an informal seminar, please use this form to sign up! It’s a great way to share your work, test out ideas, get feedback from your peers or practice for an upcoming presentation.

The CERLL Tea Time Research Circle, an initiative begun in 2016, aims to bring faculty, MA/MEd, PhDs, and visiting scholars together to discuss contentious and current issues in languages and literacies education and research. The CERLL Research Circle stems from CERLL’s purpose to disseminate current and relevant research practices that take place all over the world and make that research accessible.

Contact enrica.piccardo@utoronto.ca if you are interested in speaking.


Next Teatime Talk: January 14 – Preparing teachers to support multilingual learners through translanguaging and multiliteracies pedagogies in K-12 classrooms

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CERLL Team Members from left to right: Mauran Manogaran, Sargam Sachdeva, Michael Koslowski, Hamidreza Moeiniasl.


CERLL Team Members from left to right: Mauran Manogaran, Sargam Sachdeva, Michael Koslowski, Hamidreza Moeiniasl.



Strengthening collaborations during COVID-19, CERLL held its first symposium in 2020 online

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Dr. Enrica Piccardo, Head of CERLL

As head of the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies (CERLL), formerly known as the Modern Language Centre (MLC), I warmly welcome you to our website. CERLL focuses on language and literacy teaching and addresses a broad spectrum of theoretical and practical issues related to second, minority and majority language learning. Since the establishment of the MLC in 1968, the quality and range of the Centre’s graduate studies programs, research and development projects, and dissemination services have brought it both national and international recognition. Our work focuses on curriculum, instruction, and policies for education in second, foreign, minority, and majority languages, particularly in reference to English and French in Canada but also other languages and settings — including studies of language learning, literacy, methodology and organization of classroom instruction, language education policies, student and program evaluation, teacher development, as well as issues related to bilingualism, multi/plurilingualism, and cultural diversity. 

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