BiographyMy name is Moustapha Fall. I am a dual citizen of Canada and Senegal. I completed most of my secondary education in Canada and the United States. I got my Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin, my Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and my Doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
When I resigned from my teaching position at high school in 2008 in the United States, I wanted to deepen my knowledge and learn more about the cognitive mechanisms that are involved in leaning a second language. Henceforth, I embarked on a four-year- journey to investigate the relationship between mother tongue literacy and second language learning
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My primary research is on Second Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy, but my interdisciplinary training in Francophone studies has also prepared me to study the impact(s) that socio-cultural phenomena have on learning and/or acquiring a second language.
I have always been interested in Language, as a system of communication, but also as a vehicle for cultural expression. My keen interest in speech acts in classroom and among various speech communities around the world has led me to produce books and articles on the century-old debate over linguistic interdependence between mother tongue literacy (L1) and second language learning (L2).
I enjoying reading and writing. I love philosophical debates and the history of ideas.