Julia Williams

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Julia Williams


Director, English Language Studies

My scholarly interests lie in the translation of second language acquisition theory into effective pedagogy and teaching materials. These interests have lead to work in curriculum design, textbook development, feedback effectiveness, teacher training, and program assessment. I’m the Director of English Language Studies, which offers courses in English to multilingual speaking students in all faculties at the University of Waterloo. This position makes me attentive to the position of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs within the Canadian university context, and the evolving institutional response to the presence of international students on campus.

In my first career, I taught French as a second language to secondary school students. I transitioned to teaching English as a second language in secondary schools, colleges, and universities. I teach courses in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Assessment, and Second Language Teaching Methodology, and I coordinate the Applied Language Studies Minor.

Contact Information Email: julia.williams@uwaterloo.ca Telephone: 519-884-4404 ext. 28658 Location: REN 2904


Doctor of Philosopher (in progress), University of Waterloo
TESL Ontario Certified Supervisor
Masters of Public Administration, Queen’s University
ESL Specialist, Brock University
Bachelor of Education (Concurrent), Queen’s University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), English and French, Queen’s University


Connections Grant
Mapping the Landscape: Language in the Canadian University Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2016.

Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement Seed Grant
Enhancing Writing and Communication Skills for Earth Sciences Students Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, 2013-2014.

Learning Initiative Fund Grant
Learning Outcomes of Discipline-Specific Language Instruction: A Proposal to Support International Students in Introductory Economics

Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, 2009-2011.

Course Taught

APPLS 205R: Second Language Acquisition
APPLS 304R: The Foundations of English Language Teaching
APPLS 306R: Second Language Assessment and Testing
EMLS 602R: Scholarly Writing in English
EMLS 129R: Written Academic English
EMLS 102R: Error Correction in Academic Writing

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