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Denise Lussier

Professor Emerita, Researcher

Educational Psychologist and Docimologist

(514) 398-4527 Ext. 00025
denise [dot] lussier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Specialization and research interests

  • Development of intercultural competence in language education ((Conceptual framework, 1997; 2009)
  • Measurement and evaluation in language learning
  • Development of curriculum

Studies and Diplomas

1984 Ph.D. (Educational Psychology), Laval University, Québec
Title: Les effets des activités d' échanges interlinguistiques et interculturels sur le
développement de la compétence de communication dans un système traditionnel d’enseignement
1979 M.A. (Second Language Education / Measurement and Evaluation), Laval University, Quebec.
Title: Élaboration et validation d’un test pour mesurer la compréhension orale en anglais, langue seconde chez des élèves francophones de la 5ème année primaire au niveau secondaire 2.
1972 M.Ed. (School Administration/Development of Curriculum) Boston University, Boston.

Professional distinctions and honors

Academic Awards

2009 McGill University: Honorific Emerita Professor
2006 AQEFLS- Prix Ghislaine Coutu-Vaillancourt (Association québécoise des enseignants de français langue seconde) for an out standing contribution to the field of language teaching in Canada and at the international level on the development of a conceptual framework of reference on intercultural communicative competence.
1994 ADMEE Canada- Prix Benoît Poulin (Association pour le développement de la mesure et de l'évaluation en éducation) for an outstanding contribution to the field of measurement and evaluation. Quebec City, October 27.
1988 SEVEC - Prix de l'éducateur au Canada Canada Annual Merit Award to honour Canadians who provide exemplary services in the field of language for Doctoral thesis and impact of research in languages. Given by SEVEC (Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada) and the Secretariate of State. Toronto, October 26.

Keynote Addresses

Argentina, 2010  - Congrès Sedifrale XV

Sweeden, 2009 - University of Stockholm  

Mexico,  2009, UNAM, Faculté de philosophie 

Oxford University, 2007 - Language World 2007 Conference

Cambridge University, 2008 -ALTE-Association of Language testers in Europe, International Colloquium

Kyoto University, 2008 - International Colloquium on plurilinguism

Portugal, 2008 - Université de Lisbon/Associaçao Portugesa dos Profesores de Francês

Paris, 2007 - Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques  et ALTE

Montréal, 2006 - Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l’Éducation et les rapports ethniques,

Paraguay, 2006 – Sedifrale XIV, Congrès des professeurs de français, langue étrangère

Australia , 2006 - Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations, National Conference

Research Expertise

With the Council of Europe

2004-2007 European Centre for Modern Languages, Graz, Austria – Co-coordinator of a project to integrate Intercultural Communication Training and Assessment in Teacher Education
2000-2003 European Centre for Modern Languages, Graz, Austria – Co-coordinator of a research project to study Cultural Mediation in the Teaching and Learning of a Modern language.
1999-2000 European Centre for Modern Languages, Graz, Austria – Co-coordinator of a research on Innovative Approaches to the Set-up and Organisation of Language Education; The Canadian Experience.

With the Inter-University Research Centre on Immigration and Metropolis

2005-2007 Coordinator of Research, domain of ‘Education and Training’, Phase 2, SSRHC

In Canada

2010-2014 Development of Language Proficiency Benchmarks in the Health and Social Services Sector
Principal investigator : Denise Lussier, McGill University and Hélène Riel-Salvatore, McGill University
Agency: HealthCanada/McGill University
2010 - Website: xenoreference.ca «Cultural representations, intercultural communication and ethnic identity among young English and French speaking adults» - 2500 references and addition of defintions according to the following categories: discourse analysis, cultural awareness, intercultural competencies, cultural studies, intercultural communication, ethnicity, identity, language and culture, cultural mediation, social psychology and cultural representations.
Principal investigator: Denise Lussier
Agencies: Québec, Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport
2008-2010 Projet Héritages : Carrefour linguistique, social et communautaire/Recherche action et cadre de référence pour les programmes PELO
Principal investigator: Denise Lussier, McGill University
Agency: Commission scolaire de Montréal, Direction générale des adultes
2004-2008 Cultural representations, ethnic identity and intercultural competences among young Canadian English and French speaking adults»
Principal investigator: Denise Lussier, McGill University
Co-investigators: R.Auger and M. Lebrun, UQAM; R. Clément, University of Ottawa
Agency: SSRHC

Publications

Ghosh, R. and Lussier, D. (2011) (Eds). Contemporary Issues in Diversity and Education. In A Journal of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada. September, Volume 40, number 2.

Lussier, D. (2011). Language, Thought and Cultures: Links to Intercultural Communicative Competence. In Canadian and International Education Journal. Ghosh and Lussier (Eds) September, Vol. 40, no 2: 34-61.

Lussier, D. (2011). Language education as the entry to intercultural communicative competence (ICC). In Canadian Issues on Diversity and Education for Liberation: Realities, Possibilities, and Problems. Special Edition, Spring: 60-66.  

Lussier, D. (2009). Theoretical Bases of a Conceptual Framework of Reference to Intercultural Communicative Competence. Journal of Applied Linguistics, 4-3 2007; 285-308.

Lussier, D. (2009). Enseigner et évaluer la «compétence de communication interculturelle» enjeux et complémentarité». Dans Le langage et l’homme, Revue de didactique du français. Bruxelles : E.M.E., 145-155.

Lussier, D. (2009). Common reference or the teaching and assessment of ‘Intercultural Communicative  Competence’. Taylor, L and Weir C.J. (Eds.) In Studies in Language Testing 31: Language Testing Matters: Investigating the wider social and  educational impact of assessment- Proceedings of the ALTE  Cambridge Conference, April 2008. SILT  32, 13:234-244. Cambridge ESOL and Cambridge University Press.

Lussier, D. (2007). Guidelines for the Assessment of Intercultural Communicative Competence. In Developing and  assessing intercultural communicative competence: A Guide for language teachers and teacher educators. Lazar, I, Kriegler. M. Lussier, D. Matei, G. and Peck C. (Eds.) European Centre for Modern Languages. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.

Lussier, D., Auger, R., Urbanicova, V. & Armengol, M. (June, 2004). Representations of others and other cultures in the context of the pre-service and ongoing training of teachers. In Cultural mediation and the teaching and learning of languages. Zarate, G, Gohard-Radenkovic, A., Lussier, D. & Penz. H. (Eds.), Chapter 7.  European Centre for Modern Languages. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

Website

xenoreferences.ca - Linked to the research project «Cultural representations, intercultural competence and ethnic identity among young Canadian English and French speaking adults». This research project was funded by the Ministry of Heritage Canada (2000-2003) and The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2004-2008). It includes: 1) a brief resume of the research project; 2) a bibliography which contains more than 2000 references. These are presented by alphabetical order. They are also classified according to the following fields of research: language and culture; social representations; approaches in  education and social psychology; mediation ; cultural, intercultural and transcultural competencies; identity; ethnicity; semiotic analysis of cultural, intercultural and transcultural discourse; research methodology.