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Dr. Patricia Duff

Professor

Language & Literacy Education

Faculty of Education

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism

Patricia (Patsy) Duff is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, working primarily in the graduate programs in Teaching English as a Second Language and Modern Language Education.She is also Associate Dean, Research, in the Faculty of Education and co-director of the Centre for Research in Chinese Language and Literacy Education. Patsy’s main scholarly interests, as an applied linguist, are related to language socialization across bilingual and multilingual settings; qualitative research methods in applied linguistics (especially case study and ethnography and complementary approaches to classroom research); issues in the teaching, learning, and use of English, Mandarin, and other international languages in transnational contexts; the integration of second-language learners in schools, universities, and society; multilingualism and work; and sociocultural, sociolinguistic, and sociopolitical aspects of language(s) in education. She has published and lectured widely on these topics.

Research Interests: Language socialization across bilingual and multilingual settings; qualitative research methods in applied linguistics (especially case study and ethnography and complementary approaches to classroom research); issues in the teaching, learning, and use of English, Mandarin, and other international languages in transnational contexts; the integration of second-language learners in schools, universities, and society; multilingualism and work; and sociocultural, sociolinguistic, and sociopolitical aspects of language(s) in education.