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About

For a more formal overview, please consult my CV.

In 2006, I moved to Tiohtiá:ke Tsi/Montréal, the unceded territory of the Mohawk from the city that I was born and raised in: Tkaronto/Toronto--the unceded territory of the  Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. I was curious about life on the other side of the cultural border. What started out as a curiosity soon became a linguistic journey into understanding second language acquisition.

I was teaching English as a second language while undertaking a French language certificate and,  as my proficiency in French increased, I started to understand some of the hows and whys of error production among my mostly Francophone students. I soon found myself asking the question: how do these multiple instances of cross-linguistic influence affect our perception of a second language? What effect might this have on understanding grammar,  word recognition, and hearing individual sounds, and thus, my MA thesis at Concordia University was born.

Now as a PhD student in Education at Concordia, I am continuing my research in second language perception and focusing on how  learners perceive the multiple dialects of their target language: how do they build the sophisticated L2 phonemic inventory that they need to navigate the many native and non-native accents heard outside of the classroom?

Beyond language, I am a huge fan of punk rock, garage rock, and soul music--if it's loud and melodic, I'll scream along!

I am also an aspiring horticulturist who likes to write short fiction and prose and relax in the evenings with a nice, foreign horror film or two.

Finally, I greatly enjoy hot cuppas with croissants--chui une vraie franglophone!