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Abstract: Hilman

Immigration to Canada is increasing, and with our points system, this means that the number of internationally trained professionals is also increasing.  However, these professionals need to acquire certain level of English in order to make use of their education and skills in the workplace.  The goal of my poster is to show one example of the challenges faced by an internationally trained health professional dealing with monolingual ‘norms’, her own identity, and recognition for credentials. Recent ideas of investment (Norton, 2000; Norton & Toohey, 2011) relate to how power affects access language acquisition, access to the workplace, and in turn, notions of identity, especially for professionals.  Using case study methodology (Yin, 2009) within the framework of investment (Norton, 2000; Norton & Toohey, 2011), I would like to show some emerging social problems related to notions of bilingualism, investment and identity. 


Norton, B. (2000). Identity and language learning: Gender, ethnicity and educational change. Harlow, UK: PearsonEducation/Longman.

Norton, B & Toohey, K. (2011). Identity, language learning and social change. Language Teaching 44 (4). 412-446

Yin, R.K. (2009). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 4th Ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc.