Research Projects
Research Projects

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Research Grants

Current Research Projects:

  • SSHRC Insight Grant (2021 - 2026): Canadian stakeholders and the use of high-stakes standardized tests: Evidence-based language testing for citizenship, academic, and professional purposes (Role: PI)

  • SSHRC Insight Grant (2017 - present): Breaking down barriers: A own-language task-based approach to teaching learners with refugee experience (Role: PI)​ (web: The SLEEC Project) (extended to 2022)

  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2018 - 2021): Hul'q'umi'num' phonetic structures: Exploring paths towards fluent pronunciation (Application: Co-Investigator, PIs: S. Bird and D. Gerdts)

  • SSHRC Partnership Grant (2017 - present): NEȾOLṈEW: one mind, one people working to understand and enhance indigenous adults' contributions to reviving indigenous languages in Canada (Application: Collaborator; PIs: O. McIvor, UVic and P. Jacobs, SFU)

 

* SSHRC = Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

 

Completed Projects:

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  • Funded by SSHRC Connection Grant (completed in 2018): Mapping the landscape: Colloquium on language in the Canadian university (Role: Co-Investigator; PI: S. Van Viegen, SFU; Co-Investigators: S. Zappa-Hollman, UBC; P. Kinnear, U of T)

  • Funded by the University of Victoria’s Internal Research Grant (completed in 2017): Assessing English for academic purposes: A rarely evaluated means to carelessly examined ends? (Role: PI)​​

 

  • Funded by SSHRC* Partnership Development Grant (completed in 2016): Netolnew: one mind, one people working to understand and enhance indigenous adults' contributions to reviving indigenous languages in Canada (Role: Collaborator; PIs: O. McIvor and P. Jacobs)

  • Funded by SSHRC* Strategic Research Grant (Research Development Initiatives Program) (completed in 2013): Assessing graduate English-as-an-additional-language students’ academic language-learning needs across disciplines: Questionnaire development, implementation, and validation (Role: PI)​

  • Funded by the University of Victoria’s Internal Research Grant (completed in 2013): Use of iReflect in facilitating graduate English-as-an-additional-language students’ oral language production (Role: PI)

  • Funded by IELTS™ (The International English Language Testing System) Australia (completed in 2012): Cognitive processes involved in performing the IELTS™ Speaking Test: Respondents’ reported strategic behaviours in testing and non-testing contexts (*Jointly supported by the British Council and IELTS™ Australia with support from the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations) (Role: PI)​

 

  • Funded by SSHRC* Insight Development Grant (2011 - 2014): Picking up the strands: Weaving together multimedia documentation in developing corpora for Salish and Wakashan language and music (Role: Collaborator; PI: S. Urbanczyk)

 

  • Funded by SSHRC* Standard Research Grant (completed in 2012): Do the ways learners reflect matter: Modalities of reflection and their relationship to adult second-language learners’ reported strategic behaviours and oral language production (Role: PI)

 

  • Funded by the University of Toronto’s Community Teaching Project Research Award (completed in 2001): Pathway to communicative competence (Role: PI)

 

  • Funded by the Educational Testing Service (completed in 2008): The speaking section of the TOEFL® iBT (SSTiBT): Test-takers’ reported strategic behaviours (Role: Co-principal investigator, PI: M. Swain)

 

  • Funded by SSHRC Internal Research Grant and Faculty Research Grant (completed in 2007): Awareness raising and modalities of reflection on advanced adult second-language learners’ development of strategy use and oral production (Role: PI) 

 

  • Funded by the Learning and Teaching Development Grant (completed in 2008): Coming-to-know-while-talking-it-through: Languaging grammatical concepts (Role: PI)

 

  • Funded by the Learning and Teaching Centre Grant (completed in 2009): Academic language-learning needs across disciplines (Role: PI)

 

  • Funded by the University of Victoria’s Internal Research Grant (completed in 2010): Language learners as language researchers: Corpus-aided discovery learning using peer-peer discussion sessions (Role: PI)

 

  • Funded by the Learning and Teaching Centre (completed in 2010): Progress/Outcomes assessment of the Learning and Teaching Centre’s Writing Centre (Role: PI)