New appointment – literacy education

Dr. Fatima Pirbhai-Illich is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. She obtained her BA in Sociology from Concordia University, Montreal, and her MA Linguistics (TESOL) from the University of Surrey (UK).  She completed her doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia,  where her research focused on the educational outcomes and pathways of ethnic and linguistic minority students.

Fatima is currently teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of literacy education,  specifically the area of reading and second-language acquisition.  She comes to Regina from the Faculty of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; The National Institute of Education, Singapore; and the University of British Columbia. Fatima’s present research focuses on literacy and social justice and, in particular, the relationship between literacy ability and educational outcomes.

Fatima volunteers at Cornwall Alternative School  and she offers her knowledge in ESL to aid the integration of new immigrants/refugees to Regina. She conducted an ESL literacy workshop for the Regina Public School Board and presented a workshop at the Treaty 4 Education Conference on April 4, 2007.  She has been invited to give a keynote address at the SCENES conference in May of this  year

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