Heather Lotherington

Professor, Associate Dean Research

B.A. - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B.; Cert. T.E.S.L. - Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario; M.A. - Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K.; Ph.D. - University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Location(s) / Contact Info:

282A, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 22024

Email: hlotherington@edu.yorku.ca

CV of Heather Lotherington


Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects

Biography

HI! I am the Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Education where I also hold a Professorship in Multilingual Education. I am interested in multimodality; multilingual and plurilingual education; language, literacy and technology; and pedagogical innovation. My research projects over the past decade have approached different facets of language, literacy, education and digital multimodality.
 
My latest book is: Teaching Young Learners in a Superdiverse World: Multimodal Approaches and Perspectives (Routledge, 2017), co-edited with Cheryl Paige. This is a first person, multi-voiced follow-up to Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Rewriting Goldilocks (Routledge, 2011). These two volumes (and myriad papers) chronicle the decade-long, award winning collaborative action research venture between York University and Joyce Public School (Toronto District School Board) that I spearheaded with Cheryl, and undertook with Professor Jen Jenson. Our current volume illustrates how we co-designed a sustainable model of innovative classroom teaching, learning and internal professional development that utilized plurilingualism and digital multimodality.
 
Current research interests centre around language teaching/learning in mobile environments, exploring the posthuman spectrum in communication, and machine emergence in the teaching of human languages.

Scholarly Interests

Multilingual education; Multimodal literacies; Literacy and culture; Communication and education

Research Areas

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Bachelor of Education - Graduate Studies

    Selected Publications

    Selected Presentations

    • Heather Lotherington (2018, September). Scaffolding multilingual language education in digital times. . Presented at: Invited keynote presentation at Linguistic theory in second and foreign language teaching, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Germanistik and Minin University, Braunschweig, Germany.
    • Heather Lotherington (2017, May). Post-modernizing school learning: An evolving playbook to re-read/write language and literacy education for civic engagement. Presented at: LLRC Pre-Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary, AB
    • Heather Lotherington (2016, October). From multiliteracies to posthumanism: Language, literacy, education and society at a digital crossroads. . Presented at: Digital Literacies Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • Heather Lotherington (2016, March). Teaching multimodal literacies in the superdiverse elementary classroom. . Presented at: COST Action IS 1410: The digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (DigiLitEY) Cyprus
    • Heather Lotherington (2015, April). Conversations with Siri: English language learning opportunities in the post-human spectrum. . Presented at: BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging Info-Tech, Shenzhen, China
    • Heather Lotherington (2015, March). How to build your own world: Language, identity and learning in a superdiverse elementary classroom.. Presented at: Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
    • Heather Lotherington (2014, April 8). Rewriting communicative competence for the cloud. Presented at: Global Learning Alliance Conference, Teachers’ College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
    • Heather Lotherington (2014, March 31). Revolution below the radar: Action research towards plurilingual education in the superdiverse elementary school. Presented at: University of Oulu, Finland
    • Heather Lotherington (2014, March 20). Reimagining communicative competence for global conversations in a digital world. . Presented at: University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    • Heather Lotherington (2014, February 28). From ABCs to multimedia programming: Reconceptualizing language and literacy education. . Presented at: Linnaeus University, Sweden
    • Heather Lotherington (2014, February 24). Can communicative competence be upgraded for 2.0 communication practices?. Presented at: Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
    • Lotherington, H. (2013. February). Literacy, mediation, and complexity. . Presented at: Research Workshop on Language and Literacy, King's College London
    • Lotherington, H. (2011, November). Teacher development from the inside out: Connecting multiliteracies research to classroom language and literacy teaching and community awareness. . Presented at: National Association of Foreign Language Education, Beijing, China
    • Lotherington, H. (2011, May). Collaborative action research in an urban elementary school: Developing multimodal literacies at Joyce Public School. . Presented at: Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Germany
    • Lotherington, H. (2010, February). Comics, games, movies, talk shows: Re-imagining emergent literacy instruction as multimodal collaboration in the multicultural urban classroom. Presented at: Pro.T, Cordoba Argentina
    • Lotherington, H. (2009, November). Scaffolding inclusive language and literacy education: Interdisciplinary digital narrative projects at primary school. Presented at: National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC), Reading, U.K.
    • Lotherington, H. (2009, May). Schools as shared cultural spaces. Presented at: Merchavim and the Walter Lebach institute, University of Tel-Aviv
    • Lotherington, H., organizer (2009, April). Language Immersion in formal and informal contexts: Plurilingual voices. Presented at: New Perspectives for Research and Public Policy, CCERBAL, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa
    • Lotherington, H. (2009, March). L1, L2, LX: Teaching multimodal learners in the millennium classroom. Presented at: TESOL Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado, USA
    • Lotherington, H. (2007, May). Literacy, language and technology: New narratives and new educational possibilities. Presented at: Leading Learning Conference, Huntsville, Ontario
    • Lotherington, H. (2006, March). The evolution of digital literacies. Presented at: Big Ideas, TVOntario, hosted by Andrew Moodie

    Other Research Outputs

    Academia.edu profile: https://yorku.academia.edu/HeatherLotherington

    ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Heather_Lotherington  

     

     

    Research Projects

    Coming to grips with digital tools for English language learning: What is out there?

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Amount funded: $2203.70

    Year Funded: 2016

    Duration: 1

    Funded by: Faculty of Education Minor Research Grant

    Effects of mobile digital access on language forms and functions

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Amount funded: $3000.

    Year Funded: 2018

    Duration: 1

    Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Investigation of what is mobile in mobile language learning and what is typical of mobile language apps.

    Investigating the use of mobile apps for English language teaching

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Amount funded: $2,000

    Year Funded: 2015

    Duration: 1

    Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Remediating communicative competencies

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Year Funded: 2014

    Duration: 3

    Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Researching new literacies in the multicultural classroom: Developing a ludic approach to linguistic challenges in elementary education.

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Amount funded: $125,788

    Year Funded: 2008

    Duration: 4

    Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Awards

    • 2010 Toronto District School Board Award for program/project excellence , Toronto District School Board - 2010
    • (Inaugural) Researcher of the Month, January-May 2012 , People for Education - 2012
    • Gordon and Jean Southam Fellowship, Association of Commonwealth Universities Titular Fellowship - 2017
    • York Research Leader, York University - 2016-2017
    • Massey York Visiting Scholar, massey College, University of Toronto - 2016-2017

    Professional Affiliations

    York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments