Katie Brubacher, PhD, MA, BEd, BA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education


Area of Study / Keywords

Elementary Education Translanguaging Emotion Newcomers with emerging print literacy Multiliteracies


Katie holds degrees in education from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include the experiences of multilingual newcomers in elementary schools especially those who arrive in Grades 4 to 6 not having learned about print literacy in any language. Approaching research from a humanizing perspective where participants are included in the research process is of particular interest to Katie. She has been a teacher for almost twenty years, mostly with multilingual elementary students in Ontario schools but also at the secondary level in England.


EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School

This course will introduce the language arts curriculum and will give a broad overview of the knowledge and skills required to implement a language arts program in the elementary school, including oral language, reading and writing. Prerequisite: EDU 100 and 210; pre/corequisite EDU 211. For students in the Elementary After Degree program: pre/corequisite EDU 210, 211, and 300. EDEL 305 is offered as part of Year 3 of the Elementary Program Route.

EDEL 451 - Methods in the Teaching of English to Multilingual Students

This course is designed for those interested in teaching English to multilingual students at the K-6 levels. Course focuses include orientation and assessment, program planning, teaching methods and techniques for second language education, integrating language and content, and multilingual materials and resources. Prerequisite: successful completion of EDFX 425; or consent of the Associate Chair.

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Featured Publications

Katie Brubacher

Journal of Language, Identity & Education. 2023 October; 10.1080/15348458.2023.2257793

Jeff Bale, Shakina Rajendram, Katie Brubacher, Mama Adobea Nii Owoo, Jennifer Burton, Wales Wong, Yiran Zhang, Elizabeth Jean Larson, Antoinette Gagné, Julie Kerekes

Multilingual Matters. 2023 September;

Antoinette Gagné; Jeff Bale; Julie Kerekes; Shakina Rajendram; Mama Adobea Nii Owoo; Katie Brubacher; Jennifer Burton; Elizabeth Jeanne Larson; Wales Wong; Yiran Zhang

OLBI Journal. 2022 December; 12

Katie Brubacher

Language and Literacy/Langue et littératie. 2022 September; 24 (2):133-152.

Katie Brubacher

CJNSE. 2019 May; 10 (1):19-27

Katie Brubacher

TESL Canada Journal. 2013 October; 30 (2):18 - 35

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