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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 Education 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, offering an LLE MEd for student who are experienced educators, and an MEd Field in Language Teaching for novice teachers. 

The LLE MEd Program Details are as follows: 

  • The LLE MEd degree requires ten completed courses.  There is no thesis requirement.
  • At least five of the ten 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).
  • Non-LLE courses (if you choose to take them) can include Masters-level courses from the Curriculum  & Pedagogy program or courses from any other OISE departments: Social Justice Education, Applied Psychology and Human Development, and Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education

The LLE MEd Field in Language Teaching Details are as follows: 

The MEd Field in Language Teaching is designed for novice teachers interested in beginning their careers as language teachers. Students pursuing this field will graduate with:

  1. a solid theoretical and intellectual grounding in LLE research;
  2. a course-based, practitioner focus on the fundamentals of language teaching; and
  3. the opportunity to gain practical experience in a language-education context through a required practicum.

This combination of theoretical, scholarly and practical experiences allows graduates to apply for teaching positions in a number of language-education contexts in Canada and elsewhere. The field in Language Teaching will be clearly noted on graduates' transcripts.

Please note: this concentration does NOT lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers, and it does NOT lead to TESL Ontario certification.

The LLE MEd field in Language Teaching can be taken on a full-time basis only. If you apply to this field in Language Teaching, you still must take 10 half courses, and 5 of those courses must be in LLE. However, the 5 LLE courses you take must conform to the following guidelines:

  1. You are required to take these three LLE courses:
    • CTL3002H: Second Language Teaching Methodologies
    • CTL3010H: Second Language Learning
    • CTL3797H: Practicum in Language and Literacies Education
  2. Your other two LLE courses must be chosen from the following list of courses:
    • CTL3000H: Foundations in Bilingual and Multicultural Education
    • CTL3003H: Planning and Organizing the Second Language Curriculum
    • CTL3008H: Critical Pedagogy, Language and Cultural Diversity
    • CTL3013H: Language Assessment
    • CTL3020H: Writing in a Second Language
    • CTL3101H: Language Awareness for Language Educators
    • CTL3039H: Academic English Research & Acquisition

For the other 5 half courses that comprise the MEd, candidates may choose other LLE or non-LLE courses. The courses listed above are offered every year. The required practicum course will ordinarily be offered to students in the Language Teaching field who have completed their first year. During your placement, which will take place in a professional language education setting, you will observe and shadow the host teacher, and then carry increasing levels of responsibility for language teaching. The practicum can take place in any language teaching context, most likely in your dominant language. The placement is overseen by an experienced language teacher in the practicum setting, as well as by an LLE faculty member teaching the practicum course. 

Practicum settings may include:

  • Private adult language schools in the GTA;
  • Private classroom settings at all levels (i.e., for children, youth, and/ or adults) to learn French as an additional language;
  • ESL classroom settings in independent schools at the elementary and secondary level;
  • Private school settings for children and adults to learn additional languages;
  • International languages - Elementary programs run by publicly-funded school boards (these programs do not require OCT certification);
  • Adult learning centres run by publicly-funded school boards; or
  • English for Academic Purposes classroom settings
  • Other language teaching contexts (not restricted to English)


The LLE Program offers a wide variety of courses. Our classes typically consist of 15 to 25 students.

The LLE MEd can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, whereas the LLE MEd Field in Language Teaching can only be taken on a full-time basis. 

Full-time students are required to take at least two couses (or maximum of three) in the fall session and at least two courses (or a maximum of three) in the winter session.  Part-time students may take a maximum of 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.