Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning,
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE),
University of Toronto, Canada
Hi, my name is Shakina Rajendram and I'm an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto. I graduated with my PhD in Language & Literacies Education and a collaborative specialization in Comparative, International & Development Education from OISE in 2019, a Master of Arts with Distinction in Special Needs Education from the University of Nottingham, England in 2013, and a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Exeter, England in 2010. I have over 12 years of experience teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students in the K-12 and higher education levels. My current research focuses on teacher education and supporting multilingual learners through translanguaging and multiliteracies pedagogies.
My projects on multiliteracies involve the integration of technology and multimodal activities (i.e., storytelling, poetry, identity texts, linguistic portraits, music, video apps) to support the language and literacy learning of plurilingual K-12 learners and second language learners in higher education.
My research on critical academic literacies explores how linguistically and culturally diverse international students in higher education draw on their plurilingual and pluricultural repertoires to navigate higher education, and the role of virtual plurilingual communities of practice.