The Working Group on Language and Literacy

Janet F. Werker, Leadership Team - UBC

18 December 2020


The Royal Society of Canada has established a task force to equip Canadians with accurate information about our response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Janet F. Werker is a member of the task force and heads up the Working Group on Language and Literacy. The working group includes academics and partners from the Ensuring Full Literacy team and will produce articles and policy briefings on Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on language and literacy development. 

The Working Group on Language and Literacy 

The Working Group will publish a number of articles as a part of the Globe and Mail’s ‘Zero Canada Project’, and compile them for a report to the Royal Society. The project asks us to imagine Canada’s first day with zero new COVID-19 infections. How did we get here? And what kind of future do we want to build for Canadians?

Our group will consider these questions as they relate to the landscape of language and literacy development in Canada, covering topics such as education, new technologies, pedagogy, bilingualism and machine learning.