In the area of Second Language Education, I am particularly interested in language teaching methodology and teacher education. I focus on classroom practice of good pedagogies: linguistic and cultural literacy; curriculum and materials development: and language policy in second language education. Although most of my work is centred on teaching English in Quebec, I am also interested in second language education in a wide variety of global contexts. A special area of interest is the teaching of English to English-Creole speaking students.
In the area of Creole Studies, I have focused on the historical development of the English and English Creole of Trinidad & Tobago. The publication of my Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago in early 2009, is a kind of umbrella for much of my work on historical texts, including literature and recordings. Current projects are “Vernacular plant names in T&T: Recognising indigenous flora” (with Yasmin Baksh-Comeau, Director of the Herbarium, T&T); and Voices of Creole Protest: Penny Cuts and Suzy & Sambo, a book ofside-by-side original and translated vernacular texts, with notes on linguistic and historical features. In conjunction with the Hip-Hop Project (with Mela Sarkar and Bronwen Low), I am working on multilingual lyrics in Canadian rap.
The following are some of the courses I have taught here at McGill University since 1997.
First Year Professional Seminar
Foundations of Second Language Education
L2 Literacy (Teaching Reading in ESL)
Third-Year TESL Methods
Fourth-Year TESL Methods
Fourth-Year Professional Seminar
Language & Literature
Advanced Methods in L2 Teaching
Second Language Curriculum Development