Fred H. Genesee

Academic title(s): 

Professor Emeritus


Contact Information:


Office: 2001 McGill College, 1438
Phone: 514.398.6022
Email: fred.genesee[at]


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 7th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1



Research Areas:

Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience | Developmental Science

Research Summary:

Prof. Genesee's primary research interests focus on bilingualism and bilingual first language acquisition in normal and impaired populations. In particular, his research examines the early stages of the acquisition of two languages with the view to (a) better understanding this form of language acquisition and (b) ascertaining the neuro-cognitive limits of the child's innate ability to acquire language. He is also interested in second language acquisition in school and the modalities for effective acquisition in school contexts.

Selected References:

Books on bilingual education:

Mehisto, P., & Genesee, F. (Eds). Building Bilingual Education Systems: Forces, Mechanisms and Counterweights. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Hamayan, E., Genesee, F., & Cloud, N. (2013). Dual Language Instruction: From A to Z. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinle & Heinle.

Paradis, J., Genesee, F., & Crago, M. (2011). Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning (2nd Edit.). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

Cloud, N., Genesee, F., & Hamayan, E. (2009). Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners. Portsmouth, NH: Heinle & Heinle.

Research papers on bilingual education:

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., Savage, R., & Haigh, C. (2014). Predicting risk for oral and written language learning difficulties in students educated in a second language. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35, 371-398.

Genesee, F., & Fortune, T. (2014). Bilingual education and at-risk students. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, 2(2), 165-180.

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., Savage, R., & Haigh, C. (2011). Individual differences in second language reading outcomes. International Journal of Bilingualism, 15(1), 3-25.

Research papers on internationally-adopted children:

Pierce, L., Genesee, F., Gauthier, K., & Dubois, M.E. (2014). Communication patterns between parents and children: Comparing mothers and fathers in different learner contexts. Applied Psycholinguistics,

Delcenserie, A., & Genesee, F. (2014). Language and memory abilities of internationally-adopted children from China. Journal of Child Language, 41, 1195-1223.

Pierce, L.,  Genesee, F., Gauthier, K., & DuBois, M.E. (2014). Communication patterns between parents and children: Comparing mothers and fathers in different learner contexts.  Applied Psycholinguistics. doi: 10.1017/S0142716414000125.