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Alum Dr. Angelica Galante receives Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year at OISE

September 13, 2019

Congratulations to alum Dr. Angelica Galante, recipient of the 2018 Leithwood Award for Outstanding Thesis of the Year at OISE, which recognizes cutting-edge research by doctoral candidates.

Her award-winning thesis, "Plurilingual or monolingual: A mixed methods study investigating plurilingual instruction in an EAP program at a Canadian university," reveals plurilingual instructionwhich invites students to make use of their primary languages and culturesis more effective than monolingual instruction in second language education. Galante, a graduate of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Professor Enrica Piccardo

The Leithwood Award

The award was created in 2003 under the auspices of Professor Ken Leithwood when he was Associate Dean of Research at OISE, and recognizes exceptional and stimulating research produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. It also gives OISE an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding quality and diversity of scholarly interests among its doctoral students. 

Cutting-edge doctoral work

Galante’s novel study of plurilingual pedagogy in language education bridges the gap between the theory and practice of plurilingualism. Already gaining national and international attention, this ground-breaking work contributes practical, new directions in language pedagogy and language policy and is set to shape the future direction of language theory, policy and classroom practice.

Read Dr. Angelica Galante's award-winning thesis

Dr. Angelica Galante is currently Assistant Professor and Director of the Plurilingual Lab in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, in the Faculty of Education, at McGill University.