I began my doctoral studies in the Languages Culture and Literacies (LCL) program from the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in 2017. Later, in 2018, I presented my current research interests at CAAL/ACLA (the Canadian Association of Applied Linguists), which I am currently turning into an article (pending publication). In late 2018 I passed my comprehensive exam and have completed all LCL course requirements. In 2019, at the beginning of my third year of studies, I was awarded a Graduate Fellowship and an academic scholarship. Later, I was accepted to present further theoretical evidence to the distinctive approach to French immersion in western Canada at the EducLang conference in Ottawa, which I am currently converting to an article. Later this year, I will be presenting the preliminary findings of my research at the Language Planning and Policy Conference in August this year.
My research on French immersion queries if French immersion students in British Columbia develop a separate sense of self (separate identity) and separate French accent. My interests lie in student-group affiliation, plurlilingualism in the classroom, second language acquisition, Canadian bilingual education and language and identity studies.
Ma recherche s’interroge sur l’identité unique et l’accent des étudiants en immersion française en Colombie-Britannique. Je m’intéresse à la question de l’affiliation de groupe chez les adolescents, le plurilinguisme dans la salle de classe, l’acquisition des langues étrangères, le bilinguisme canadien et les études sur la langue et l’identité.
Just How Far Has That “Trial Balloon” Flown?: Diversifying our Understanding of French Immersion Through Identity and Accent-Based Research
Poljak, L. (2019). Literature Review on current trends in Accentedness and Comprehensibility Research, with Respect of L2 Speech Ratings. In SFU Ed Review.
Poljak, L. (2018). A Textual Analysis of DavidSoComedy’s Ugly Girls YouTube Response Video. In SFU Ed Review.
Poljak, L. (2015). Are French immersion “accents” unique? In J. Levis, R. Mohammed, M. Qian & Z. Zhou (Eds). Proceedings of the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference (ISSN 2380-9566), Santa Barbara, CA (pp. 73-84). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.
President’s PhD Scholarship, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, $6500 (2020) Dr. Tai Whan
Kim Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Languages & Linguistics, Donner Award, $2000 (2020)
Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, $3250 (2019) Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Award,
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (2018)
Graduate Fellowship, French Department, Simon Fraser University, $3125 (2014)
French Memorial Graduate Scholarship, French Department, Simon Fraser University, $2100 (2014)
French Department Award for Excellence, Simon Fraser University, $900, (2012)
Consulat Général de France Award, French Department, Simon Fraser University, (2010)
Bureau des Affaires Francophones et Francophiles Award, Simon Fraser University (2009)