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Dr Frances Giampapa

Dr Frances Giampapa

Dr Frances Giampapa
Ph.D. (OISE, UToronto), M.A.(UWA), B.A. (Hons) (UWA)

Senior Lecturer in Education

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Dr. Frances Giampapa is a Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL/Applied Linguistics). Using linguistic ethnography, her research focuses on the migration, language and identities nexus across multilingual contexts. 




Dr. Frances Giampapa is a Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL/Applied Linguistics), specialising in Critical - Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B.A. Honours in Linguistics, and a Masters in Italian Linguistics for which she was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Research Award & the M.A.K. Halliday scholarship in Applied Linguistics. She then studied Second Language Education/Applied Linguistics at OISE/University of Toronto, winning an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral research on Italian Canadian youth and the negotiation of identities: The discourse of Italianità,language and the spaces of identity. In 2004, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Social Sciences andHumanities Research Council for the Literacy to Multiliteracies: Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Generation within the New Economy project (Early,Willinsky & Cummins).

She has been a visiting fellow at OISE/University of Toronto (2006, 2012) and L’ Universidad de Castilla-LaMancha, Departamento de Filologia Moderna de la Facultad de Letras (2010, 2016). She is a WUN Research Mobility Award recipient working with WUN project partners in the Migration Studies Project Centre, Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State.

She has published in the areas of multiliteracies, language and identities in multilingual contexts, and ethnographic field methods. She has published in special journal issues (Canadian Journal of Education, 2010); edited books (Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography, Routledge 2012;The Collaborative Creation of Power in Multilingual Schools, Trentham 2011; Readings in Language Studies: Language and Power, Routledge 2010; Negotiation of Identities across Multilingual Contexts, Multilingual Matters,2004). She co-edited a special Issue for the Journal of Language, Identity and Education,2011 on researcher identities and ethnography across multilingual contexts.




Frances Giampapa teaches and co-ordinates units across the MSc TESOL, EdD TESOL and PhD programmes.


  • globalisation
  • migration
  • multilingualism
  • identities
  • critical ethnography
  • EAL literacies
  • multiliteracies


  • UKLA
  • Linguistic Ethnography Forum
  • International Pragmatics Association (IPra).
  • National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC).
  • AILA Language and Migration International Network.
  • Centre for Multilingualism in Education - London Met.



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