Graduate Student Members

Anna Bartosik

Anna Bartosik

Anna Bartosik is a 4th-year PhD student in the LLE program. 

Research Interests:
Teacher development, motivation, educational technology

Hamidreza Moeiniasl

Hamidreza Moeiniasl

 

Hamid Reza Moeiniasl is a 4th-year Ph.D. student in the LLE program.
Research interests: Language assessment, Technology-assisted assessment, Language Teacher Education, L2 Reading, Teaching and assessment of critical thinking 

Thesis topic: Investigating the Potentials of Computerized Dynamic Assessment in Supporting  Critical Thinking Skills

Mohammad Reza Shalizar

Mohammad Reza Shalizar

Mohammadreza is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the LLE program
Research interests :
Second language writing development, Complex Dynamic Systems Theory ( CDST ), CEFR, Multilingual writing

Leila Farzinpur

Leila Farzinpur

 Leila Farzinpur is a 4th -year Ph.D.  Candidate in the LLE program.

 

Research Interest: L2 Writing Challenges, Academic Writing Identity, L2 Writing Assessment, Developing Teaching Materials for L2 Learners, Academic Writing Pedagogy, L2 Writing Development

 

Supervisor: Dr. Katherine Rehner

 

Thesis Topic: Academic Writer Identity Construction and Awareness in the Canadian Academic Context: The Experience of Multilingual Student Writers at the Undergraduate Level

Yecid Ortega

Yecid Ortega

Yecid Ortega  is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in both language and literacies education (LLE) & comparative, international, development education (CIDE) programs and SSHRC/OGS (2018 -2020) award winner.

Research interests: Plurilingualism, EFL/ESL, critical theory, raciolinguistic ideologies, social justice, peacebuilding, globalization, neoliberalism, linguistic anthropology

Thesis: Social justice and peacebuilding curriculum (SJPBC): Understanding the lived experiences of marginalized English language students in post-conflict Colombia

Supervisor: Dr. Antoinette Gagné

Thesis Committee:Jeff Bale and Kathy Bickmore

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Zehra Melike Palta

Zehra Melike Palta

Zehra Melike Palta, a 4rdyear PhD student in the LLE program.

SupervisorDr. Antoinette Gagné

Research interest/areas:social and academic integration of refugees, linguistic minority rights, language politics, language learning and education

 

Thesis/dissertation topic: Exploring the reflections of non-sponsored refugees on their lived experiences to (re)conceptualize integration: A photovoice study of young Alevi refugee adults in Toronto

 

 

Conttia Lai

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, supervised by Prof. Alister Cumming, comprises three case studies of the textual borrowing practices of international graduate students. It is largely informed by her teaching practices and interactions with second language student writers in higher education contexts.

 

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Yuliya Desyatova

Yuliya Desyatova

Yuliya Desyatova is a 4rd-year PhD student in LLE program.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient (2018-2019; 2019-2020)

Supervisor – Dr. Enrica Piccardo

Research interests:

Classroom-based and classroom-relevant research, policy implementation in language teaching; language teacher professional development.

Her  thesis is examining the implementation of portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) as a mandatory assessment protocol in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program.

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Christopher Gradin

Christopher Gradin

Christopher Gradin is a 1st-year PhD student in Language and Literacies Education. 

Research Interests: Heritage & minority language education, plurilingualism, CEFR(-J), language planning & policy, symbolic capital, funds of knowledge, third space.

Supervisor: Dr. Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman

Reshara Alviarez

Reshara Alviarez

Reshara Alviarez is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the Language and Literacies Education (LLE) program.

Research Interests: Plurilingualism, bidialectalism, World Englishes, student achievement, postcolonial studies, Caribbean language varieties

Supervisor: Dr. Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstmann

Amy Christine Parker

Amy Christine Parker

Amy Christine Parker is a 4th-year doctoral student in LLE. 
 
Research interests: Cognitive research, sociocultural learning, child development, collaborative learning 
 
Her thesis topic is heritage language acquisition in Kindergarten through story-telling. 
 
Thesis supervisor: E. Piccardo
 
Stephanie Shuler

Stephanie Shuler

Stephanie Shuler is in her final year of her PhD studies in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL). 

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) award winner (2015). 

Research interests: multiple literacies, thriving, alternative and holistic education, leisure studies, inclusion, peace building and mothering. 

As a social entrepreneur, Stephanie is the co-founder of an international social design initiative pursuing the co-creation of a self-sustainable ecovillage. Stephanie has conducted research that investigates: Thriving – a hierarchical values analysis. 

Thesis topic: What are parents’ narratives about their experience with their child’s language-based learning disability?

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Cooper 

Faith Marcel

Faith Marcel

Faith Marcel is a Phd Candidate in Language and Literacies Education (LLE) in the collaborative Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) program.

Research interests: Investigating AR, VR, Mixed Realities and VoiceThread in language learning and other academic contexts, and integrating educational technologies in language classrooms to promote greater engagement and meaningful interaction for all learners.

Supervisor: Dr. Enrica Piccardo

Thesis/dissertation topic: Investigating Mobile Mixed Reality (MR) Technologies