Leila Ranta, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-7511
6-119K Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5


My research has mainly focused on different aspects of second language grammar development and the teaching of grammar in second language classes. Studies I have been involved in include interlanguage analysis, form-focused instruction experiments, the relationship between the analytic component of aptitude on L2 learning, and issues relating to teachers’ corrective feedback. More recently, I have been exploring the relationship between SLA theory/research and grammar teaching practice. This has been done through surveys of adult ESL teachers’ beliefs and grammar teaching practices and the analysis of ESL grammar textbooks. My interest in these topics has led me to become a member of the executive committee of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) and co-editor, with Dr. Joanna White, of the Language Awareness journal.

A second area of engagement has been the study abroad experience. This includes a SSHRC-funded study of international graduate students’ exposure to English and my ongoing role as the Academic Advisor for the Visiting Students Certificate Program (VSCP) at the University of Alberta International.


EDPY 417 - Grammar of English for Teachers of Adult ESL

The aim of this course is to develop students' explicit knowledge of English grammar, which provides the conceptual basis for grammar instruction. Emphasis will be placed on developing students' ability to provide explanations of the most important grammar rules for adult ESL and to design grammar focused activities. Prerequisite: LING 101 or equivalent.

Winter Term 2021
EDPY 581 - Psychological Aspects of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education

Introduction to the study of bilingualism. Deals with the following questions: What is bilingualism? How do we measure bilingualism? How does a person become bilingual? What are the consequences of individual and societal bilingualism? Prerequisite: LING 101 or equivalent.

Winter Term 2021
EDPY 585 - Teaching and Learning Grammar in Second Language Education

Explores how grammar teaching can be contextualized according to the principles of communicative language teaching. Theories concerning the relationship between adult learners' implicit and explicit knowledge of grammar will be reviewed, and different approaches to grammar instruction will be explored. Prerequisites: EDPY 416, EDPY 417, and EDPY 418 or equivalents, or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2020
EDPY 903 - Directed Research Project

Fall Term 2020

Browse more courses taught by Leila Ranta


Form-focused instruction
Author(s): Ranta, L. & Lyster, R.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness
Page Numbers: 40-56

Where good pedagogical ideas come from: The story of an EAP task
Author(s): Light, J. & Ranta, L.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: TESL Canada Journal
Volume: 33
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 40-56

How much exposure to English do international graduate students really get? Measuring language use in a naturalistic setting
Author(s): Ranta, L., & Meckelborg, A.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Canadian Modern Language Review
Volume: 69
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1–33

Examining the interface between metalinguistic task performance and oral production in a second language
Author(s): White, J., & Ranta, L.
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: Language Awareness
Volume: 11
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 259-290

Corrective feedback and learner uptake: Negotiation of form in communicative classrooms
Author(s): Lyster, R., & Ranta, L.
Publication Date: 1997
Publication: Studies in Second Language Acquisition
Volume: 19
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 37-66