School Choice, Multilingual Identities and Bilingual Education in Canada and Australia

With Karen Dooley, Margaret Kettle, Sylvie Roy and Simone Smala

Bilingual education in a variety of modern languages is an emerging educational field in predominantly English-speaking countries. Well established in Canada, programs there have been the focus of extensive research for decades, and Sylvie Roy will present some of her recent findings based on ethnographic research in six schools in Alberta over a period of 10 years. Her research illuminates constructions of legitimacy as bilingual speakers of French and contributes to ongoing debates around the native speaker/non-native speaker dichotomy. Simone Smala will add to the picture by presenting research findings on school choice and immersion programs in Queensland, and the research team together will discuss their current research project on school choice, schooling experiences and educational outcomes in Early Years bilingual education in Australian and Canadian contexts.

Associate Professor Karen Dooley comes to us from the School of Curriculum, Faculty of Education, QUT. She is interested in language and literacy education. Her ARC projects have looked at pedagogy for refugee young people; digital and print literacies in a high poverty, high diversity school; and the incorporation of iPads into kindergarten curricula. Karen is currently working on an ARC project looking at private literacy tutoring in Australia.

Dr Margaret Kettle teaches and researches in the area of second language education. She teaches sociolinguistics and second language methodology in the MEd (TESOL) at QUT and supervises doctoral students researching in the areas of English for Specific Purposes, language use and social change, and international higher education. Margaret’s research focuses on the relationships between language, culture and pedagogy in schooling, higher education, and communities.

Dr Sylvie Roy is a professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She examines language issues and ideologies from a sociolinguistic point of view. Her main context is French immersion. She also prepares future French teachers in the BEd program and teaches at the Graduate level in the Language and Literacy Educational Studies Area.

Dr Simone Smala is a lecturer in teacher education at the School of Education, The University of Queensland. Her particular research focus is on forms of additive bilingual education programs including CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), immersion and dual focus approaches in Australia and worldwide. She teaches courses in sociology of education, educational psychology and literacy learning, and explores the use of social media in her development of teaching scholarship.

Date Friday 19 August 2016
Time 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Room 303
Location Social Science Building #24 St Lucia Campus

School Choice, Multilingual Identities and Bilingual Education

Fri 19 Aug 2016 2:00pm4:00pm


Room 303 Social Science Building #24 St Lucia Campus