John Ippolito

Associate Professor

PhD - York; MEd - York; TESL - Humber College; MA - McMaster; BA - McMaster

Location(s) / Contact Info:

251, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 88802


Available to supervise graduate students
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers
Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects


John Ippolito is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. His research in teacher education centers on public schools and their communities, focusing on education in contexts of linguistic and cultural hyperdiversity. His applied work involves adult education as outreach to caregivers and educators and is increasingly focused on migrants and refugees. He is accredited as a Teacher of English as a Second Language, having taught in settlement programs for newcomers to Canada. He now teaches in the Bachelor of Education and Graduate Program in Education at York University where he supervises Masters and Doctoral students.

Scholarly Interests

John Ippolito’s scholarly interests are centred on minority populations in hyperdiverse societies. Focusing on teacher education, his work spans a broad range of language-related issues including Language Acquisition; Multilingualism; Adult Literacy; Discourse and Ethics. His ongoing interventionist research targets barriers between minority communities and schools with a view to broadened relationships among stakeholders in public education.

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Bachelor of Education
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Education -

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Education & Theory Into Practice (ED/EDFE 2000)

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Ippolito, J., & Rehner, K. (2022, June). Connecting adult migrants’ (in)formal language learning experiences and social integration: Preliminary stages of an international comparative research project. Presented at: Invited Plenary Presentation at the Third Symposium of Southern Ontario Universities on New Perspectives in Language Education. Toronto, ON
  • Rehner, K., & Ippolito, J. (2022, May). The (in)formal language learning experiences of adult migrants: Insights from a transnationalism and translanguaging perspective. Presented at: Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Ippolito, J., & Rehner, K. (2022, May). Teaching and learning in a contemporary global context: A comparative study of the language learning experiences of adult migrants. Presented at: Canadian Society for the Study of Education
  • Rehner, K., & Ippolito, J. (2022, April). Adult language learning and social integration during a time of pandemic: Phase 1 findings from a comparative international study of migrant experiences. Presented at: Comparative and International Education Society, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ippolito, J., Rehner, K., Dahir, M., Forget, G., Lasan, I. (2022, April). Adult language learning in a transnational context: Towards a migrant-centric view of translingual agency and social integration. Presented at: International Congress on Foreign Languages, Communication and Culture, Holguin, Cuba

Research Projects

Adult Language Learning in a Transnational Context: Towards a Migrant-Centric View of Translingual Agency and Social Integration

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount funded: $$95,414

Year Funded: 2020

Duration: 3

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

This adult literacy project is carrying out a comparative analysis of the formal and informal language learning experiences of adult migrants in Canada, the United States, and Italy. The project privileges the perspectives of migrants on their priorities for language learning opportunities that serve their needs. The project will make evidence-based pedagogical and policy recommendations for how language-learning opportunities can support the social integration of adult migrants.

Research and Community in Minority Demographic Schools

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount funded: $20570

Year Funded: 2012

Duration: 3

Funded by: Ministry of Education

This project builds on an ongoing program of school-based, community-referenced research involving minority parents and educators from elementary schools in the Greater Toronto Area. In this phase of the project, an on-line multilingual discussion forum is being used to increase involvement of minority parents around priority issues such as safety and bullying, mental health and community wellbeing, and home/school communication.

Gathering Under One Tree: In Conversation with Parents and Communities of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Schools

Role: Co-Investigator

Amount funded: $12000

Year Funded: 2007

Duration: 4

Funded by: York Region District School Board

The Gathering Under One Tree project is part of a formal, ten-year collaboration between the York Region District School Board and the Faculty of Education at York University. Centered at Armadale Public School, the project is a long-term attempt to develop alternate practices for mediating relationships between families and their children’s schools. These practices have included afterschool discussion forums, parent driven research, parent and teacher research groups, and online discussion platforms.

Facebook as Adult Literacy in Public Education

Role: Principal Investigator

Funded by: Other...

This project explores the potential for Facebook to provide minority parents with access to networking, language learning opportunities and public discussions of issues in education. In its efforts to better understand relationships between minority families and schools, the project engages a microanalysis of online exchanges through the interpretive framework of discursive psychology and conversation analysis, exploring agency and identity in textual interaction.


  • SSHRC Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - 2020-2023
  • Sabbatical Leave Fellowship, York University - 2017-2018
  • SSHRC Small Grant, York University - 2015-2016
  • Parents Reaching Out Regional/Provincial Grant, Ontario Ministry of Education - 2012-2015
  • Program Grant, Faculty of Education, York University - 2010-2011
  • First Generation Pilot Project, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities - 2008-2010
  • Incentive Grant, York University Knowledge Mobilization - 2008-2009
  • Program Grant, York Region District School Board - 2007-2011