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Faculty Profiles

Marlon  Valencia


Dr. Marlon Valencia is a Professor of English as a second language and a teacher educator in the School of Communication and Literary Studies.

Marlon is a Licenciado en Lenguas Modernas (B.A. + B.Ed.) from Universidad del Valle in Colombia. He holds Master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics from York University, and Foreign Languages and Cultures from Washington State University. Marlon earned his Ph.D. in Language and Literacies Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, where he also completed a Collaborative (Ph.D.) Program in Comparative, International and Development Education. His doctoral dissertation examined how future language teachers construct their imaginaries in language teacher education and how this influences the negotiation of their professional identities in Canada, Chile, and Colombia.

Marlon’s scholarly work involves a critical orientation to applied linguistics. His research interests include: multiliteracies; language politics; the use of technology in the language classroom; as well as the intersection between creativity, imagination, teachers’ and language learners’ identities.

Dr. Valencia is an experienced language instructor and has taught English as a second language and Spanish in Canada, Colombia, and the United States. In the past few years, he held a lecturer position at Ryerson University, where he taught a class titled Language and identity.

Marlon is a TESL Canada certified ESL instructor (Professional Standard Three -Permanent) and a TESL Ontario Certified Theory and Methodology Trainer.

To learn more about Dr. Valencia’s work you may follow him on Academia and Research Gate.