Assistant Professor of Teaching
Language & Literacy Education
Faculty of Education
Research Themes: Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism
Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, and Academic Coordinator of the French specialization in the Bachelor of Education program in the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her research examines how content-based language learning approaches, language assessment, intercultural education, and language policy can impact bi/multilingualism and academic success. Her teaching and program development in the Bachelor of Education program and at the graduate level focus on both French and English language learning methodology and theory. Valia also has extensive experience in leading projects related to the assessment of learning for accreditation, curriculum redesign, and faculty development in educational technology at the university level.
Valia completed a B.A. and B.Ed. at UBC, an M.A. at Laval University, and a PhD at UBC. Prior to her current role, she was an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University where she assumed a variety of educational leadership roles; she was the Coordinator of the graduate, in-service teacher education program, and Director of the former Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research. She has also served as the Associate Director of the Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation unit at the University of Victoria, and was a Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (formerly the Office of English Language and Writing Support).
Research interests: Academic Writing, Assessment, Content and Language-Integrated Learning/Immersion, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Intercultural Competence, Second Language Education (French and English), Teacher Education.