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


Fred H. Genesee

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:

Ballinger, S., Lyster, R., Sterzuk, A., & Genesee, F. (2017). Context-appropriate crosslinguistic pedagogy: Considering the role of language status in immersion education. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, 5(1), 30-57. PDF icon pdf

Pierce, L., Genesee, F., Delcenserie, A., & Morgan, G. (2017). Variations in phonological working memory: linking early language experiences and language learning outcomes. Applied Psycholinguistics, 38(6), 1265-1300. PDF icon pdf

Genesee, F. (2016). Rethinking early childhood education for English Language Learners: The Role of Language. In V. Murphy & M. Evangelou (Eds), Early childhood education in English for speakers of other languages. Pp, 21-42. U.K.: British Council. PDF icon pdf

Kay-Raining Bird, E., Genesee, F., & Verhoeven, L. (2016). Bilingualism in children with developmental disorders.  Journal of Communication Disorders, 63, 1-14. PDF icon pdf

Pierce, L., Chen, J.K., Delcenserie, A., Genesee, F., & Klein, D.,   (2015). Past experience shapes ongoing neural patterns for language. Nature Communications. PDF icon pdf

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

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.  PDF icon pdf

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

Cenoz, J., Genesee, F., & Gorter, D. (2013). A critical analysis of CLIL: Taking stock and looking forward. Applied Linguistics, 35, 243-262.  PDF icon pdf


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