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About Our Program


The Language and Literacies Education Program investigates questions about the relationships of literacies in language and language in literacies across communities, societies, instructional environments, and informal learning settings.

Language and Literacies courses address current issues in the study of applied linguistics and literacies, such as:

  • The learning, teaching, and use of Indigenous, official, international/heritage, and sign languages and literacies;

  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to the development of first and additional language and K-12 literacy skills;
  • The development of bilingual, multilingual, and translinguistic abilities;
  • Language and literacy education policies and planning;
  • Pedagogy oriented on multiliteracies development, including early literacy and adolescent reading, writing and oral language development, and children’s literature across the curriculum;
  • Social justice issues related to plurilingualism and cultural and linguistic diversity; and
  • Pedagogical implications of the fact that language and literacy are infused into all aspects of learning  in contexts characterized by linguistic diversity.



Program Structure

The Language and Literacies Education program is designed for flexibility.  Choose courses that best meet your needs.  The program details are as follows:

  • The LLE MA degree normally requires eight completed courses and a Masters thesis. Additional courses may be required of some candidates.

  • Students are required to successfully complete CTL3001H – Research Colloquium in Language and Literacies Education and a course in research methods from the LLE approved research methods course list. 

  • At least four of the courses must be Language and Literacies Education courses.  LLE courses are identified with CTL3000-level course codes (i.e CTL3000H to CTL3999H) and Special Topics courses in LLE are identified as CTL5300H to CTL5699H (Masters Level) and CTL6300H to CTL6999H (Doctoral Level). The remaining courses are electives.  The remaining courses are electives.

  • Non-LLE courses (if you choose to take them) can include Masters-level courses from the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program or courses from any other OISE departments: Social Justice Education, Applied Psychology and Human Development, and Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education


The LLE MA Program offers a wide variety of courses (click here to view course titles). Our classes typically consist of 15 to 25 students. 

The LLE MA can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students usually take three courses in the fall and winter sessions. Part-time students take one course per session. A typical course involves 12 classes. During the fall and winter session, a class will meet once each week. The summer session has a first term (May to June) and a second term (July to August), during which time if you choose to take courses, classes meet twice a week for six weeks per term. Classes are normally scheduled for the early evening (e.g., 5pm to 8pm) or the early afternoon (e.g., 1pm to 4pm), Monday through Thursday. We also offer a large selection of online courses, which allow you to participate from home.  


Specific resources related to the program include the OISE library’s Modern Language Collection, la Collection Franco-Ontarienne, the Children’s and Young Adult literature collection, and the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies.