Task 1 explores the linguisitic and cultural landscape of the university where EAP students go to.







This is a quiz to activate any prior knowledge students have about linguistic and cultural diversity in Canada and in Toronto. Answers to these questions are in the next slide.

Suggested time: 2 minutes 






Go over the answers with students. You may ask them if these answers confirm what they had in mind.

Suggested time: 2 minutes








Some students might want to know whether their first language is one of the languages most spoken in Canada. If this is the case among your students, you may visit Statistics Canada website. 

Suggested time: 5 minutes





The 3 topics are aimed at reinforcing the idea that learning English and “mainstream” Canadian culture are important, but learning about other languages and cultures can be helpful, too, especially in a multilingual and multicultural society such as Canada. 

Suggested time: 1 minute



You can get students to reflect on each one of these items and write down some ideas in their notebook. You, the instructor, can also participate by talking about your linguistic and cultural identity. 

Suggested time: 10 minutes





Students work in groups of 3 or 4. Give each one about 2 minutes to share their stories. When everyone has delivered their monologue, ask them to reflect on the last topic. Later, they may share some ideas with the whole class.

Suggested time:10 minutes






This is the end of task 1. For a copy of this task, download the PDF document below.












Funding and Awards


University of Toronto

Ontario Graduate Scholarhip (OGS)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) - Doctoral Disseration Grant 2017

International Foundation Program (IFP) at New College - University of Toronto - Senior Doctoral Fellowship 2017

Graduate Student Award, Multilingual Matters - American Association of Applied Linguistics 2018

Leithwood Award for OISE/University of Toronto Best Dissertation of the Year 2018