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Saskia Van Viegen

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Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Assistant Professor
Teaching Stream

Office: Ross Building, S562
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20768
Email: saskiast@yorku.ca

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I am an applied linguist interested in bi/multilingualism in education, focusing specifically on language assessment and language teaching and learning in K-­12 and post­secondary educational contexts. Related areas of interest include language and content integration, disciplinary literacies, translanguaging pedagogies and biliteracy development.

I have conducted several empirical projects in collaboration with Ontario and British Columbia Ministries of Education to lead educator professional learning and build capacity for system­-level education reform for supporting language learners, particularly youth from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.

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Publications from my work appear in several edited books and journals, including: European Journal of Teacher Education, TESOL Quarterly, Language Assessment Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Education, and Canadian Modern Language Review.

I am co-editor, with Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman, UBC & Dr. Meike Wernicke, UBC, of a special issue to be published in the TESL Canada Journal on Language in the Canadian University.

My forthcoming book is co-edited with Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau - Plurilingual Pedagogies: Critical and Creative Undertakings for Equitable Language (in) Education. Springer Educational Linguistics Series.

Degrees

PhD., OISE/University of Toronto
M.A., Western University
B.A. Hons., Western University

Research Interests

Education , Post-Secondary Education and Research, Language Assessment, Disciplinary Literacy, Translanguaging, Language and Content Integration

Current Research Projects

Exploring multilingual assessment in the educational context

    Summary:

    This project investigates approaches to multilingual assessment in the secondary educational context in order to address varied teaching and learning needs of bi/multilingual students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds enrolled in Ontario schools. Reflecting the complex, dynamic language practices of bi/multilingual speakers and communities, this approach recognizes the rich linguistic resources of bi/multilingual students, providing them with an opportunity to demonstrate their academic knowledge and literacy skills using the full range of their linguistic repertoire. SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

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    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Language and Literacy Learning Among Youth Refugees in Canadian Secondary School Classrooms.

    Summary:

    The study addresses three urgent needs: (a) to help education systems and community groups understand how to support youth refugees to catch up to their same-age peers in school as quickly as possible; (b) to support youth refugees, for whom limited prior schooling, limited first language literacy and challenges of academic language learning (compounded by socio-emotional challenges) often present a barrier to learning, social adjustment and academic success; and (c) to develop innovative policies and pedagogical practices that engage with the digital, multimodal literacy practices of today's youth. SSHRC Insight Grant. Joint project with: Maureen Kendrick, UBC (PI); Margaret Early, UBC; Shelley Taylor, Western University.

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    Role: Co-investigtor

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Grant
Translingual reading in the post-secondary context.

    Summary:

    Working from a multilingual paradigm, wherein students’ linguistic resources are seen as part of a singular, dynamic and integrated linguistic system, this study examines the reading processes and strategy use of bi/multilingual adolescent readers (ages 17-21 years) at the post-secondary level. Knowledge in this arena is critically important both to support the disciplinary teaching and learning needs of these youth, and to generate theories and models of reading that reflect current understandings of bi/multilingualism as translanguaging/translingual practice. York University LAPS Minor Research Grant.

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    Role: Principal investigator

    Funders:
    York University LAPS Minor Research Grant.
Implementing English language proficiency (ELP) assessment standards in British Columbia Education.

    Summary:

    The BC Ministry of Education has recently developed English Language Learning (ELL) Standards for use in BC Education. This project examines the effectiveness of these standards, identifies language assessment practices among ELL teachers, and promotes effective use of the ELL Standards. Joint project with: Margaret Early, UBC; Valia Spiliotopoulos, UBC.

    See more
    Funders:
    UBC Dept. of Language and Literacy Education Ritsumeikan Seed Grant
Language and Literacy Learning Among Youth Refugees in Canadian Secondary School Classrooms.

    Summary:

    The study addresses three urgent needs: (a) to help education systems and community groups understand how to support youth refugees to catch up to their same-age peers in school as quickly as possible; (b) to support youth refugees, for whom limited prior schooling, limited first language literacy and challenges of academic language learning (compounded by socio-emotional challenges) often present a barrier to learning, social adjustment and academic success; and (c) to develop innovative policies and pedagogical practices that engage with the digital, multimodal literacy practices of today's youth. SSHRC Insight Grant. Joint project with: Maureen Kendrick, UBC (PI); Margaret Early, UBC; Shelley Taylor, Western University.

    See more
    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Grant

Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/TESL3300 6.0 A Practicum in TESOL SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ESL1200 6.0 C Society and Culture LGCL


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ESL1200 6.0 C Society and Culture LGCL
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/TESL3300 6.0 A Practicum in TESOL SEMR


I am an applied linguist interested in bi/multilingualism in education, focusing specifically on language assessment and language teaching and learning in K-­12 and post­secondary educational contexts. Related areas of interest include language and content integration, disciplinary literacies, translanguaging pedagogies and biliteracy development.

I have conducted several empirical projects in collaboration with Ontario and British Columbia Ministries of Education to lead educator professional learning and build capacity for system­-level education reform for supporting language learners, particularly youth from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.

Publications from my work appear in several edited books and journals, including: European Journal of Teacher Education, TESOL Quarterly, Language Assessment Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Education, and Canadian Modern Language Review.

I am co-editor, with Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman, UBC & Dr. Meike Wernicke, UBC, of a special issue to be published in the TESL Canada Journal on Language in the Canadian University.

My forthcoming book is co-edited with Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau - Plurilingual Pedagogies: Critical and Creative Undertakings for Equitable Language (in) Education. Springer Educational Linguistics Series.

Degrees

PhD., OISE/University of Toronto
M.A., Western University
B.A. Hons., Western University

Research Interests

Education , Post-Secondary Education and Research, Language Assessment, Disciplinary Literacy, Translanguaging, Language and Content Integration

Current Research Projects

Exploring multilingual assessment in the educational context

    Summary:

    This project investigates approaches to multilingual assessment in the secondary educational context in order to address varied teaching and learning needs of bi/multilingual students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds enrolled in Ontario schools. Reflecting the complex, dynamic language practices of bi/multilingual speakers and communities, this approach recognizes the rich linguistic resources of bi/multilingual students, providing them with an opportunity to demonstrate their academic knowledge and literacy skills using the full range of their linguistic repertoire. SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Language and Literacy Learning Among Youth Refugees in Canadian Secondary School Classrooms.

    Summary:

    The study addresses three urgent needs: (a) to help education systems and community groups understand how to support youth refugees to catch up to their same-age peers in school as quickly as possible; (b) to support youth refugees, for whom limited prior schooling, limited first language literacy and challenges of academic language learning (compounded by socio-emotional challenges) often present a barrier to learning, social adjustment and academic success; and (c) to develop innovative policies and pedagogical practices that engage with the digital, multimodal literacy practices of today's youth. SSHRC Insight Grant. Joint project with: Maureen Kendrick, UBC (PI); Margaret Early, UBC; Shelley Taylor, Western University.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-investigtor

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Grant
Translingual reading in the post-secondary context.

    Summary:

    Working from a multilingual paradigm, wherein students’ linguistic resources are seen as part of a singular, dynamic and integrated linguistic system, this study examines the reading processes and strategy use of bi/multilingual adolescent readers (ages 17-21 years) at the post-secondary level. Knowledge in this arena is critically important both to support the disciplinary teaching and learning needs of these youth, and to generate theories and models of reading that reflect current understandings of bi/multilingualism as translanguaging/translingual practice. York University LAPS Minor Research Grant.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal investigator

    Funders:
    York University LAPS Minor Research Grant.
Implementing English language proficiency (ELP) assessment standards in British Columbia Education.

    Summary:

    The BC Ministry of Education has recently developed English Language Learning (ELL) Standards for use in BC Education. This project examines the effectiveness of these standards, identifies language assessment practices among ELL teachers, and promotes effective use of the ELL Standards. Joint project with: Margaret Early, UBC; Valia Spiliotopoulos, UBC.

    Project Type: Funded
    Funders:
    UBC Dept. of Language and Literacy Education Ritsumeikan Seed Grant
Language and Literacy Learning Among Youth Refugees in Canadian Secondary School Classrooms.

    Summary:

    The study addresses three urgent needs: (a) to help education systems and community groups understand how to support youth refugees to catch up to their same-age peers in school as quickly as possible; (b) to support youth refugees, for whom limited prior schooling, limited first language literacy and challenges of academic language learning (compounded by socio-emotional challenges) often present a barrier to learning, social adjustment and academic success; and (c) to develop innovative policies and pedagogical practices that engage with the digital, multimodal literacy practices of today's youth. SSHRC Insight Grant. Joint project with: Maureen Kendrick, UBC (PI); Margaret Early, UBC; Shelley Taylor, Western University.

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Grant


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/TESL3300 6.0 A Practicum in TESOL SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ESL1200 6.0 C Society and Culture LGCL


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ESL1200 6.0 C Society and Culture LGCL
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/TESL3300 6.0 A Practicum in TESOL SEMR