Associate Professor of Language and Literacy

Welcome! My name is Dr. Rahat Naqvi and I am an Associate Professor of Languages and Diversity Education at the University of Calgary.  You can find me on LinkedIn and Research GateP25726TA208569_c_20.2

I hold an M.A, an M.Phil and a PhD in the Didactics of Languages and Cultures from the Universite de la Sorbonne, Paris, France. I teach both graduate and undergraduate education students, as well as supervise, serve on committees, and sit on examining committees of both Masters and PhD students. I was named the Associate Director of the Language Research Centre, University of Calgary, in early 2010.

My research focuses on identifying and understanding elements of the pedagogical situation that enrich and empower learners’ experiences, teachers’ practices, and community potential. From earlier work developing the Dual Language Books Project, to my current focus on “Frames“, all drive at the same desire: to enable identities to flourish in multilingual environments. I have written and co-written several books, and I have authored contributions in journals as well.

September 13, 2015, I will attend Global Conversations in Literacy Research as a speaker. I will discuss how the benefits of bilingualism/multilingualism can be realized in the classroom, and the advantages multilingual pedagogies offer the monolingual students who sit alongside bilingual peers in linguistically diverse classes.

The most recent conference that I Co-Chaired was the Literacy in Transcultural, Cosmopolitan Times: A Call for Change. The The goal of the workshop was to understand local and global dynamics in order to call attention to transcultural flows to reimagine schools as cosmopolitan spaces.

I was the PI, and a Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism (IAM) International Conference,  held August 2013, at the University of Calgary. I also Co-Chaired the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies (CACS) preconference (May 28th, 2010) for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) annual conference, June 2010, at Concordia University, Montreal .

I was the recipient of the International Visitor Leadership Program on inter-religious dialogue, November 29th – December 18th, 2009, Washington, DC. The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.  Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.  These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests through the objectives of the IVLP.

From July 2010-2013, I sat as guest lecturer at Hamburg University’s International Summer School, Multilingualism – TransAtlantic Perspectives. For more information about my work at this venue, visit

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