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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Katherine Rehner

Katherine Rehner

phone: (416) 978-0273

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

UTM: Dept. of Language Studies

Research Overview

Her research expertise is in the areas of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, French as a first and second language, French immersion, and second language education. Her current research examines the development of sociolinguistic competence by first and second language speakers of French in the Canadian context.

Academic History

Katherine Rehner obtained her Phd in Second Language Education from OISE at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation focused on aspects of the development of linguistic and discourse competence by second langauge learners of French. She holds a master's degree in education from York University in Language, Culture, and Teaching, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a diploma in Teaching English as an International Language.

Teaching Overview

Katherine Rehner's teaching includes courses in the areas of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, interlanguage pragmatics, and second language teaching methodologies.

Representative Publications

Among Katherine Rehner's many publications are her solo-authored book Developing aspects of second language discourse competence (2004) and her co-authored book (with R. Mougeon & T. Nadasdi) The sociolinguistic competence of immersion students (2010). She has contributed chapters to numerous edited collections (e.g., Identity and nativelikeness in bilingual FSL learners, 2009, with F. Mougeon) and regularly publishes her research findings in top journals in the field (e.g., The sociolinguistic competence of former immersion students at the post-secondary level: The case of lexical variation, 2011).

Research Grants and Contracts

She has held a number of solo and joint grants from national and provincial funding agencies. Her recent and on-going projects involve the investigation of the sociolinguistic abilities of first and second language speakers of French in the Canadian context.

Honours and Awards

Katherine Rehner has received a number of awards and honours for her research, including the Governor Generalís Gold Medal Award and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Second Language Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Researchersí Association. She was also listed as one of Canada's top three "research stars" in the area of Language and Translation. She has also been honoured for the quality of her teaching through the University of Toronto Mississauga Teaching Excellence Award.

Professional Activities

She is a member of a number of national and international societies devoted to second language education and applied linguistics, including the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, and the Association for French Language Studies.