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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Julie Kerekes

Julie Kerekes
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator, Language and Literacies Education Program

phone: (416) 978-0303

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

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

Research Overview

I am an Associate Professor in Language and Literacies Education in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. My research and teaching focus on language and power in conversational and intercultural institutional settings, particularly workplace ESL, and on second/additional language learning and the professional development of second/additional language educators. My projects examine the employment trajectories of internationally educated professionals; settlement and employment of multilingual and English-learning refugees; interlanguage pragmatics in electronic communications; developments in second language teacher education; interactional dynamics in employment interviews and other institutional gatekeeping encounters; discourses of language teachers in professional development programs; and the changing linguistic landscape of Ontario's educational systems. I am a proponent of action research as well as ways to involve people outside of academia in her research, and I strive to apply my inquiries and findings to real-world problems through collaborations with professionals and learners in and beyond academia.

Curriculum Vitae

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

I teach pre-service and graduate courses in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, linguistics for language educators, workplace communication, and supporting English learners. My teaching and research focus on linguistic manifestations of social (in)equities and the role intercultural communication plays in language teaching, learning, and employment. Utilizing an action research approach, I connect research to practice through facilitation of teachers' reflective and empirical investigations of their own practices.

Representative Publications

      Book Chapters   

  1. Bale, Jeff, Gagné, Antoinette, and Kerekes, Julie A. (In Press). Meeting the needs of plurilingual English learners in public schools: Let’s start with teacher education. In J. Mueller & J. Nickel (Eds.), Globalization and diversity in education: What does it mean for Canadian teacher education?  Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association for Teacher Education.
  1. Kerekes, Julie A. and Soroka, Ostap* (In Press). Misunderstanding. Entry for The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, edited by James Stanlaw, published by Wiley.
  1. Kerekes, Julie A. and Chubak, Lynda* (In Press). Workplace communication. Entry for The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, edited by James Stanlaw, published by Wiley.
  1. Kerekes, Julie (2018). Language preparation for internationally educated professionals. In B. Vine (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of language in the workplace (pp. 413-424). New York: Routledge.
  1. Kerekes, Julie A. (2017). Language mentoring and employment ideology: Internationally educated professionals in search of work. In Jo Angouri, Janet Holmes, and Meredith Marra (Eds.), Negotiating boundaries at work (pp. 11-28). Edinburgh University Press.
  1. Kerekes, Julie. A., Chow, Joanne*, Lemak, Alina*, and Perhan, Zhanna* (2013). Trust or betrayal: Immigrant engineers’ employment-seeking experiences in Canada. In C. Candlin and J. Crichton (Eds.), Discourses of trust (pp. 297-313). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  1. Kerekes, Julie A. (2005). Before, during, and after the event: Getting the job (or not) in an employment interview. In K. Bardovi-Harlig and B. Hartford (Eds.), Interlanguage pragmatics: Exploring institutional talk (pp. 99-131). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  1. Kerekes, Julie A. (2003). Distrust: A determining factor in the outcomes of gatekeeping encounters. In J. House, G. Kasper, and S. Ross (Eds.), Misunderstanding in social life (pp. 227-257). London: Longman/Pearson.
  1. Kerekes, Julie A. (2001). How can SLA theories and SLA researchers contribute to teachers’ practices? In B. Johnston and S. Irujo (Eds.), Research and practice in language teacher education: Voices from the field (pp. 17-41). University of Minnesota: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.
  1. Kerekes, Julie A. (1994). Women and men, sympathy and advice – the same or different? In J. Sunderland (Ed.), Exploring gender: Questions for English language education (pp. 44-47). London: Prentice Hall.


       Refereed Articles

1)      Lum, Lillie, Dowedoff, Penny, Bradley, Pat, Kerekes, Julie, and Valeo, Antonella (2015). Challenges in oral communication for internationally educated nurses. The Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(1), 83-91.

2)      Botelho, Maria José, Kerekes, Julie A., Jang, Eunice E., and Peterson, Shelley Stagg (2014). Assessing multiliteracies: Mismatches and opportunities. Language and Literacy, 16 (1), 1-20.

3)    Kerekes, Julie A. (2007). The co-construction of a gatekeeping encounter: An inventory of verbal actions. Journal of Pragmatics Special Issue, High stakes gatekeeping encounters and their consequences: Discourses in intercultural institutional settings, 39 (11), 1942-1973.

4)    Peterson, Shelley Stagg, Botelho, Maria José, Jang, Eunice E., and Kerekes, J. (2007). Writing Assessment: What Would Multiliteracies Teachers Do? Literacy Learning in the Middle Years, 15(1), 29-35.

5)    Kerekes, Julie A. (2006). Winning an interviewer’s trust in a gatekeeping encounter. Language in Society, 35 (1), 27-57.

6)    Kerekes, Julie A. (2004). Preparing ESL learners for self-presentation outside the classroom. Prospect: An Australian Journal of TESOL, 19 (1), 22-46.

      Guest Editorship of a Special Issue of a Refereed Journal

1)    Kerekes, Julie A. (Guest Editor) (2007). High stakes gatekeeping encounters and their consequences: Discourses in intercultural institutional settings. Special Issue for Journal of Pragmatics, 39 (11).

a.     Kerekes, Julie A. (2007). Introduction: High stakes gatekeeping. 1891-1894.



Research Grants and Contracts

2017-2020. More than just good teaching: Mainstream teacher education for supporting English language learners and teacher education policy in Ontario (Co-Investigator). Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

2011-2014. Enhancing internationally educated nurses' 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.