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 418 - Methodology in the Teaching of English as a Second Language to Adults

Students will learn how to respond to adult ESL students' learning needs using current ESL teaching principles and techniques, design lesson plans, evaluate resources, and assess learner progress. Prerequisites: EDPY 416.

EDPY 588 - Teaching English as an International Language

Issues relating to the teaching of English as a global language are explored. A general approach to analyzing the teaching of English for international communication in different settings is developed. Topics may include: functions of language; diglossia; World Englishes; language endangerment; language planning; communicative language teaching in non-Western settings; content-based instruction; washback in language testing. Priority given to TESL Diploma, MEd, and PhD students. Students from other programs require consent of the TESL program.

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Featured Publications

Ranta, L. & Lyster, R.

Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness. 2018 January;

Light, J. & Ranta, L.

TESL Canada Journal. 2016 January; 33 (2):40-56

Ranta, L., & Meckelborg, A.

Canadian Modern Language Review. 2013 January; 69 (1):1–33

White, J., & Ranta, L.

Language Awareness. 2002 January; 11 (4):259-290

Lyster, R., & Ranta, L.

Studies in Second Language Acquisition. 1997 January; 19 (1):37-66