LINGUIST List 30.1545

Mon Apr 08 2019

Support: Applied Linguistics: MA / MSc, University of Ottawa

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Date: 05-Apr-2019
From: Nikolay Slavkov <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics: MA / MSc, University of Ottawa, Canada
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Department: Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute
Level: MA / MSc

Institution/Organization: University of Ottawa

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics


Project 1
Research Assistant position for a research project supervised by Dr. Nikolay Slavkov at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of the University of Ottawa.

Project Title: Language Background Profiling at Canadian Elementary Schools: Towards Bilingual and Multilingual Norms

Description: This project investigates what tools and processes public schools in Canada use to determine the language backgrounds of incoming students. It combines family, educational and public perspectives related to the concepts of first/native language, bilingualism, and pluri/multilingualism. Recognition of issues related to simultaneous (from birth) versus sequential bilingualism, the role of home or heritage languages, and the ways in which school entry questionnaires treat them constitutes a central part of this research.

Duties: The graduate student(s) will be involved in collection and analysis of school registration forms and other publicly available documents; research interviews with families of school-age children; other research and project support, as needed.

Conditions: Applicants must email a one page (single spaced) cover letter describing their background and interests and a CV to Prof. Slavkov ( Shortlisted candidates may be invited to a brief informal interview by Skype or telephone. Applicants must also be admissible to the University of Ottawa’s MA program in Bilingualism Studies and be prepared to apply for the program for Fall 2019 admission (

***Important Language Requirements:*** All applicants must have an excellent knowledge of one of the two official languages: either English or French. In addition, at least a receptive knowledge of the other language is also necessary.

For more details about the projects, please email Prof. Slavkov (

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Nikolay Slavkov
        70 Laurier Ave East
        Room 130
        Ottawa Ontario K1N 6N5

Contact Information:
        Prof. Nikolay Slavkov

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