Sylvie Roy

Associate Dean Research



University of Toronto-OISE


Université du Québec à Montréal


Université de Sherbrooke

Contact information


Office: 403.220.5641


Main Campus : EDT432

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Bilingual/Second Language Education
  • French Immersion School
  • Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Qualitative Research - Ethnography


Dr. Sylvie Roy’s research focuses on discourses and practices of learning and teaching French as a second language. Related to this work is looking at macro and micro understanding of language issues, ideologies, discursive practices in francophone or French immersion contexts in Canada. She also looks at what people say about bilingualism and multilingualism from a sociolinguistic for change point of view. Sociolinguistic for change look at language practices from a critical lenses and situated in historical context, in time and space. Sociolinguistic of change allow researchers and participants to understand that they are part of constructing discourses and linguistic ideologies. Social dynamics are explicitly discussed and utilized for change in schools and other public institutions.

Current Projects:

Apprentissage du français en immersion au primaire : discours et pratiques (CRSH)

Learning French in immersion : discourses and practices (SSHRC)


Dr. Sylvie Roy received her PhD at the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education). She completed her MA at the Université du Québec à Montréal in Didactique des langues secondes. Her areas of expertise are : sociolinguistics, teaching and learning a second language, discourse analysis, francophone minorities, bilingualism. She is the Past President of the Canadian Applied Linguistics. She is currently the Chair of Languages and Diversity EDSA.

Professional & Community Affiliations


  • Roy, S. (accepted) Qui a le meilleur français? Représentations des variétés linguistiques du français en immersion. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée.
  • Roy, S., & Galiev, A. (2011). Discourses on Bilingualism in the Canadian French Immersion Program, Canadian Modern Language Review/Revue canadienne des langues vivantes. 67 (3), pp. 351-376.
  • Roy, S. (2010). Not Truly, Not Entirely. . . . Pas comme les francophones. Canadian Journal of Education. Special Issue on Language, Identity and Educational Policies. 33(3). pp. 541-563.
  • Roy, S. (2009). Enseigner et apprendre le français en Alberta. Education Canada, vol. 49, no 1, p. 8-12.
  • Auger, N. et S. Roy. (2011). Quelles constructions identitaires des élèves en classes d’immersion ? Perspectives comparées : Canada / France. Chap. Perspectives linguistiques et culturelles", coll. Enfances et Langage, Paris, L'Harmattan.

Journal Articles - Non-Peer Reviewed