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Chairholder: Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau

When we learn a language, we also learn about the cultures, traditions and beliefs associated with it. Plurilingual education encourages the use of students’ plurilingual and pluricultural resources for teaching and learning in the classroom to develop openness, respect and intercultural competencies in all learners. It also promotes social integration.

As Canada Research Chair in Integrated Plurilingual Teaching and Learning, Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau aims to bring plurilingual teaching and learning to Canada’s classrooms. To do this, she and her research team are collaborating with ESL and French teachers to generate plurilingual teaching methods. They are also developing assessment frameworks and methods that embrace the use of different languages in the classroom as well as the use of technologies for both physical and virtual learning. In addition, Lau and her team are creating culturally responsive teacher education that will help educators to better meet the needs of students in today’s connected, diverse classrooms.

*This was taken from the Canada Research Chairs website. Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau, Canada Research Chair in Integrated Plurilingual Teaching and Learning

On Saturday, February 19, 10:30 a.m., Bishop’s University officially announced the appointment of Dr. Sunny Lau, Associate Professor at the School of Education, as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Plurilingual Teaching and Learning. To begin the event, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau et The Honourable Geneviève Hébert said a few words. Then, Dr. Lau and her colleague Dr. Geneviève Brisson from the Département de pédagogie de l’Université de Sherbrooke, offered a workshop for parents who are interested in supporting their children’s second language learning at home. The bilingual workshop (mostly English and French) aims to introduce and demonstrate strategies to use stories as means to promote children’s love for reading and their critical literacy and thinking across languages. This activity has been recorded and is available online: Teaching your child how to think: A plurilingual approach to reading and in-depth learning.