Marianne Barker

Marianne Barker
Contact Information
Email address: 
marianne.barker [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Biography: 

Marianne is a doctoral student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. She grew up in Manitoba and Alberta, then completed her undergraduate studies in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) in Saskatchewan. After graduating, she moved to Turkey to teach English in a university preparatory program. Based on her experience as a Canadian expat teacher navigating a complex tense political context that permeated classroom discussions, she decided to pursue a Master’s program that would allow her to further explore this topic through a critical pedagogy lens. Under the supervision of Dr. Adeela Arshad-Ayaz at Concordia University (Montreal, QC), Marianne’s Master’s thesis explored possibilities for local forms of critical pedagogy in EFL contexts. This project inspired further interest in exploring language teaching, learning and use in relation to power and identity within and beyond the classroom. Marianne is currently pursuing doctoral research in the Canadian context under the supervision of Dr. Susan Ballinger. Her research explores the link between language and integration, particularly through government funded programs for language learning for immigrants.

Position: 
Plurilingual Lab Grad Talk Chair
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