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Roma Chumak-Horbatsch

Title:

BA, OTC, DCS, MA, PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 6334

Email Address:

rchumak@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Language acquisition.
  • Childhood bilingualism.
  • Multilingual pedagogy.

Biography:

I am an associate professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, where I teach courses in language development and childhood bilingualism. I have a background in applied linguistics and early language and literacy development. My research focuses on multilingual pedagogy and the unique language and literacy needs of young bilingual learners. In my book, Linguistically Appropriate Practice (2012: University of Toronto Press) I profile the language and literacy reality of children who arrive in classrooms with limited (or no) proficiency in the classroom language and present a research-based, field-tested practice that helps teachers re-tool their current practice and transform their classrooms into multilingual and multi-literate environments where languages and literacies come to life.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Implementing multilingual pedagogy in a K-5 school.
  • Multilingual pedagogy in childcare centres.

Current Courses:

  • Language development.
  • Cognitive development.
  • Childhood bilingualism.

Selected Publications:

Books:

  • Linguistically Appropriate Practice: Working with A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children University of Toronto Press (2012: University of Toronto Press)

Chapters:

  • Instructional practice with young bilingual learners: a Canadian profile. In (eds.) Cabrera, N. J. and Leyendecker, B. Handbook of Positive Development of Minority Children (in press)

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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Office details

  • Office location: KHS 350-C, Kerr Hall South
  • Hours available: By appointment.