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Dr. Guofang Li

Member, Language Sciences Steering Committee / LST Research co-Lead / Enhancing Language & Literacy Education co-lead / Professor

Language & Literacy Education

Faculty of Education

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism

Dr. Guofang Li is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transnational/Global Perspectives of Language and Literacy Education of Children and Youth in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC. Her program of research aims to improve the life success of immigrant and minority students by addressing the cultural, linguistic, instructional, and structural barriers in their literacy learning and academic achievement both in school, at home, and in the communities. Her recent research interests span longitudinal studies of immigrant children’s bicultural and bi-literacy development through school, children and youth’s new literacies practices in and out of school, technology-enhanced language teaching in primary and secondary schools, pre- and in-service TESOL teacher education, and current language and educational policy and practice in globalized contexts. Recent publications include a 2018 special issue on supporting teachers to work with culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students, families, and communities, two edited volumes on Chinese-heritage students’ language and schooling in the global and local contexts (Routledge, 2016, 2017). Her work and contribution has been recognized by numerous national and international awards including the 2016 Mid-Career Award from the Second Language Research Special Interest Group (SIG), American Educational Research Association (AERA), the 2016 Carol Weinstein Outstanding Research Award, Classroom Management SIG, AERA, the 2013 and 2006 Ed Fry Book Award of the Literary Research Association (LRA), the 2011 Publication Award from ACPSS, the 2010 AERA Early Career Award, and the 2008 Social Context of Education Division Early Career Award of AERA. Her website is

Research Interests: bilingual education, new literacies practices, language teacher education, and language policies