The FSL Teacher Education Consortium is comprised of CASLT (the sponsor organization) and teams of research experts from three Canadian Faculties of Education:
University of Ottawa (EducLang – Education and Languages Research Group)
University of British Columbia (Department of Language and Literacy Education)
University of New Brunswick (L2RIC – Second Language Research Institute of Canada)
- Each university’s team of researchers will focus on different provinces and territories, allowing for insights, findings, and recommendations unique to the context.
- This consortium offers a feasible way to reach the following goals:
- Realize the aims of this pan-Canadian study in the short-term
- Build productive partnerships with Canadian faculties of education over the long-term
- Optimize FSL education on a national level
Ongoing roundtable events are planned over the next year to gather feedback on the research project, recruit representatives from faculties of education to participate in the study, and build a strong sense of community around this important topic. The ultimate goal of this roundtable stage is to expand the FSL Teacher Education Consortium beyond the timeline of the research study.
The first roundtable event, held November 17, 2020, brought together 46 participants — consortium members, CASLT representatives, and representatives of faculties of education across Canada — to discuss initial directions and hopes for the study and for research on FSL teacher education more broadly.
Stay tuned for more details on the next roundtable event, set to take place in the spring of 2022.
Stephanie Arnott is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. She is a core member of the Education and Languages Research Group (EducLang) and coordinator of the Second Language Education Cohort (cL2c). Her research focuses on student motivation, the knowledge base of L2 teachers and innovation in Canadian FSL education.
Karla Culligan is a Research Associate in the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC) in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. She conducts research and teaches courses in the areas of bi/multilingualism, teacher education, assessment, and mathematics education.
Joseph Dicks is the Director of the Second Language Research Institute of Canada and professor in the Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick. His teaching and scholarly work are in the areas of bilingualism, assessment, and program policy, planning and evaluation. Dr. Dicks is also the former co-editor in chief of the Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics (CJAL).
Paula Kristmanson is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick and a member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC). Her research interests include teacher education as well as various aspects of second and additional language learning and teaching.
Josée Le Bouthillier
Josée Le Bouthillier is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. Her research interests focus on literacy in second language contexts and teacher education. She offers methods courses on French as a second language in the Bachelor of Education program and on literacy instruction for L+ contexts at the master’s level.
Mimi Masson is a professor (long-term appointment) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. She works with future French as a Second Language teachers and leads the Second Language Education (cL2c) cohort in the Bachelor of Education program. Her research interests include second language teacher identities, second language teacher professional learning and development, and arts-based research/teaching practices.
Lisa Michaud is a Faculty Associate and member of the research team at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada (L2RIC) at the University of New Brunswick. She is currently completing a master's degree in which she examined the communicative competence of early immersion students at their Grade 12 oral interview. She taught for many years in a French immersion program at the high school level.
Valia Spiliotopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Her current research focuses on French and English as a second language teacher education and professional development, content and language integrated learning, and assessment. Valia has also published in the areas academic writing, educational technologies, and interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education.
Meike Wernicke is Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research in French-as-a-second language teacher education has focused on teacher study abroad, teacher identity, and includes research interests in intercultural education, multilingual language policy, decolonizing approaches in language education, and discourse analytic research methodologies.