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Name Dr Frances Giampapa
Job title Senior Lecturer in Education
Department School of Education University of Bristol
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Qualifications PhD (OISE, UToronto), MA(UWA), BA (Hons) (UWA)
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Keywords identity
multilingual contexts
critical ethnography
language research
equity in education
language contact
linguistic ideologies
Areas of expertise Research Interests

Negotiation of identities in multilingual contexts; Critical ethnography; Issues of methodology in language research; Language and globalization; Multiliteracies; EAL/ESL ethnic minority students and equity in education; Language contact and linguistic ideologies.


I received my PhD. in Applied Linguistics from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. My multi-site ethnography examined the politics of language, power and identities across the Italian Canadian community in Toronto. The specific focus of the study was on the discursive negotiation of identities among Italian Canadian youth.

My postdoctoral research focused on multiliteracies, identities and minority language students in Canadian schools. This research was part of a Canada-wide project ( funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Early, Willinsky and Cummins, 2002). My current research continues to explore minority language issues, identities and culture in comparative educational contexts through ethnography and action research.