Centre for Integrated Plurilingual Teaching and Learning (CIPTL)

Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Québec
What the facility does

Research on the use of plurilingual pedagogies to create linguistic and conceptual links for students to promote biliteracy learning and critical literacy engagement.

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Integrated Plurilingual Teaching and Learning (CIPTL) aims to advance integrated plurilingual teaching and learning for critical education through engaging teachers in cross-curricular and cross-language collaborations. CIPTL serves the purpose of a research hub/lab to bring community stakeholders and local, national, and international researchers together, in both physical and virtual environment, to engage in a range of related research and knowledge mobilization activities. Through university-school partnerships, joint inquiry through participatory/action research allows not only for co-development and generation of critical, creative teaching and evaluation models but also situated teacher education and development to build relationships, and capacity for sustainable change in practice and identity.

The CIPTL team includes university and classroom researchers (regional and international) as well as pedagogical consultants who bring in a range of research expertise in plurilingual pedagogies, including didactics in language and literacy (particularly English and French), second or foreign languages, language across the curriculum, critical literacy, intercultural education, and related teacher education. We also work closely with stakeholders across levels (elementary, secondary, CEGEP, university, and adult education) to promote equitable and inclusive language and literacy teaching and learning. 

Research services
  • Research collaboration with teachers/schools on developing plurilingual pedagogies in individual classes or through cross-language and cross-curricular collaboration
  • Consultation on language education or bilingual programming
  • Teacher development workshops on plurilingual pedagogies
  • Teacher development workshops on literature and language teaching
  • Development of instructional frameworks to promote critical literacy and intercultural education
  • Supporting or leading research projects at ministry level to support curriculum development
  • Consultation on language policies and language programs regarding immigration, education, and work opportunities
  • Qualitative research for classroom studies
  • Design support services for language teaching and learning of immigrant students and those from other marginalized social groups
  • Designing and implementing multilingualism in assessment methods for education, work and immigrant purposes, etc. 
Sectors of application
  • Education
Equipment Function
Camcorders, audio recorders, tabletop camerasCapturing teaching in action and group discussions, and the use of languages.
Atlas.tiQualitative data analysis software. Research partners can join online.
Meeting room with videoconferencing facilitiesSpace for physical and/or virtual meetings; group discussions, interviews, teacher workshops, etc.