Plurilingual Lab is a research laboratory located in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at McGill University

We conduct research in the areas below:

  • plurilingualism, multilingualism and bilingualism

  • plurilingual and pluricultural competence (PPC)

  • mixed methods research

  • classroom-based research

  • ethnography and action research

  • quasi-experimental and experimental research

  • qualitative research

  • cognition and emotion in second language learning

  • translanguaging, cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparisons, translingualism

  • innovative second language curriculum, teaching and learning

  • effects of language pedagogy on dimensions of language learning

  • social justice among minoritized student populations (immigrants, newcomers, international students, speakers of non-official languages, populations in situation of refuge)

  • drama/theatre in second language learning

  • writing in English as a second language

  • literacies and multiliteracies in second language learning

  • pronunciation teaching to multilingual students

  • second language teacher education and teacher training

  • teaching English as a second language (TESL, TESOL, TEFL)

If you are interested in applying for an MA or PhD program in any of the research areas above, we suggest you look up the interests of the professors with whom you are interested in working and contact them directly (months in advance before the December 1 deadline):


Dr. Susan Ballinger

susan.ballinger [at] mcgill.ca

(Dr. Ballinger is not taking new PhD students at the moment)

Dr. Angelica Galante

angelica.galante [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Amir Kalan

amir.kalan [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Caroline Riches

caroline.riches [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Mela Sarkar

mela.sarkar [at] mcgill.ca

(Dr. Sarkar is not taking new PhD students at the moment)

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