Marian J Rossiter

Marian J. Rossiter

Professor Emeritus, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Educational Psychology

Research and Interests

Marian Rossiter has had extensive experience teaching in and coordinating adult English as a second language programs. Marian has conducted classroom-based research on the effects of communication strategy instruction and affective strategy instruction on L2 performance and motivation.  Her most recent research focuses on second language speaking, pragmatics, vocabulary, and teacher development. Marian's interest in immigration issues is reflected in her research on immigrant youth settlement issues. Marian served as the editor of the TESL Canada Journal ( from 2011 to 2017.

Representative Publications

Abbott, M. L., Lee, K., & Rossiter, M. J. (in press). Enhancing the impact of evidence-based publications on K-12 ESL teacher practices. Alberta Journal of Educational Research.

Rossiter, M. J., Abbott, M. L., & Kushnir, A. (2016). L2 vocabulary research and instructional practices: Where are the gaps? TESL-EJ20(1), 1-25.

Abbott, M. L., Rossiter, M. J., & Hatami, S. (2015). Promoting engagement with peer-reviewed journal articles in adult ESL programs. TESL Canada Journal, 33(1), 80-105.

Rossiter, M. J., Hatami, S., Ripley, D., & Rossiter, K. R. (2015). Immigrant and refugee youth settlement experiences: “A new kind of war”. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 6(4.1), 746-770. 

Bickley, C., Rossiter, M. J., & Abbott, M. L. (2014). Intercultural communicative competence in the ESL classroom. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 60(1), 135-160. 

Rossiter, M. J., Abbott, M. L., & Hatami, S. (2013). Enhancing the reading of peer-reviewed research in the Teaching English as a Second Language Community. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 59(4), 674-692.

Schwabl, K., Rossiter, M. J., & Abbott, M. (2013). University students’ and instructors’ paraphrasing and citation knowledge and practices. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 59(3), 1-19. Alberta Journal of Educational Research

Munro, B. J., Abbott, M. L., & Rossiter, M. J. (2013, September). Mentoring for success: Accommodation strategies for ELLs. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 14(2), 22-38.

Munro, B. J., Abbott, M. L., & Rossiter, M. J. (2013, July). Getting to the science: Helping English language learners show what they know. Alberta Science Education Journal, 42(3), 34-43.

Ngo, H. V., Rossiter, M. J., & Stewart, C. (2013). Understanding risk and protective factors associated with criminal involvement in a multicultural society. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4(1), 54-71.

Rossiter, M. J., & Derwing, T. M. (2012). Still far to go: A call for systematic programming for immigrant and refugee children and youth. In F. E. McCarthy & M. H. Vickers (Eds.), Refugee and immigrant students (Vol. 4, pp. 91-108). International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Ngo, H. V., Rossiter, M. J., & Stewart, C. (2011). Crime and crime prevention in a multicultural society. Calgary, AB: Centre for Criminology and Justice Research, Mount Royal University.

Abbott, M. L., & Rossiter, M. J. (2011). ESL instructor professional development: Program administrator and instructor views. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 57 (2), 204-219.

Nicholas, B., Rossiter, M. J., & Abbott, M. L. (2011). Learners’ stories in the ESL classroom. Canadian Modern Language Review, 67 (2), 247–268. DOI:10.3138/cmlr.67.2.247

Rossiter, M. J., Derwing, T. M., Manimtim, L., & Thomson, R. I. (2010). Oral fluency: The neglected component in the communicative classroom. Canadian Modern Language Review, 66(4), 583-606.

Derwing, T. M., Munro, M. J., Thomson, R. I., & Rossiter, M. J. (2009). The relationship between L1 fluency and L2 fluency development. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 31, 533-557. 
DOI: 10.1017/S0272263109990015

Rossiter, M. J., & Rossiter, K. R. (2009). Diamonds in the rough: Bridging gaps in supports for at-risk immigrant and refugee youth. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 10 (4), 409-429. 
DOI: 10.1007/s12134-009-0110-3

Rossiter, M. J., & Rossiter, K. R. (2009). Immigrant youth and crime: Stakeholder perspectives on risk and protective factors. Edmonton, AB: Prairie Metropolis Centre (Working Paper Series),

Rossiter, M. J. (2009). Perceptions of L2 fluency by native and non-native speakers of English. The Canadian Modern Language Review, 65 (3), 395-412. 

Rossiter, M. J., Derwing, T. M., & Jones, V. M. L. O. (2008). Is a picture worth a thousand words? TESOL Quarterly, 42, 325-329.

Rossiter, M.J. (2005). Slavic brides in rural Alberta. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 6, 493-512.

Rossiter, M.J. (2005). Developmental sequences of L2 communication strategies. Applied Language Learning, 15(1-2), 55-66.

Derwing, T.M., Rossiter, M.J., Munro, M.J., & Thomson, R. (2004). L2 fluency: Judgments on different tasks.  Language Learning, 54, 655-679.

Rossiter, M.J. (2004). International corresondence marriages: The Slavic connection. Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration: Working Papers Series.

Rossiter, M.J. (2003).  "It's like chicken but bigger": The effects of communication strategy instruction in the ESL classroom.  The Canadian Modern Language Review, 60, 105-121.

Rossiter, M.J. (2003).  The effects of affective strategy instruction in the ESL classroom.  In Special Issue: Strategy research and training (N.J. Anderson, Ed.).  TESL-EJ, 7(2), 1-20.

Derwing, T. M., & Rossiter, M. J. (2003). The effects of pronunciation instruction on the accuracy, fluency, and complexity of L2 accented speech. Applied Language Learning, 13, 1-17.

Derwing, T. M., & Rossiter, M. J. (2002). They speaked and wrote real good: Judgements of non-native and native grammar. Language Awareness, 11, 84-99.

Derwing, T. M., Rossiter, M. J., & Munro, M. J. (2002). Teaching native speakers to listen to foreign-accented speech.Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 23, 245-259.

Derwing, T. M., & Rossiter, M. J. (2002). ESL learners’ perceptions of their pronunciation needs and strategies. System, 30,155-166.

Breitkreutz, J. A., Derwing, T. M., & Rossiter, M. J. (2001). Pronunciation teaching practices in Canada. TESL Canada Journal, 19, 51-61.

Rossiter, M. J. (2001). The challenges of classroom-based SLA research. Applied Language Learning, 12, 31-44.

Derwing, T. M., Rossiter, M. J., & Hannis, D. (2000). Enhancing social work students’ confidence to listen to foreign-accented speech. Canadian Social Work, 2, 22-29. 

Rossiter, M. J., & Pawlikowska-Smith, G. (1999). The use of CLBA scores in LINC program placement practices in western Canada. TESL Canada Journal, 16, 39-52.

Courses Taught

    EDPY 416                         Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language
    EDPY 418                         Methods and Programs in the Teaching of ESL to Adults
    EDPY 419                         TESL Supervised Diploma Practicum
    EDPY 575                         TESL Supervised Master’s Practicum
    EDPY 590                         Classroom Research Issues in Second Language Learning
    EDPY 594                         Teaching Pronunciation to ESL Learners
    EDPY 595 Settlement/Adjustment Issues for ESL Immigrants to Canada
    EDPY 596                         Program Development in the Teaching of ESL
    EDPY 592                         Teaching English for Academic Purposes
    EDPY 597                         Selected Topics in Teaching English as a Second Language
    EDPY 597/697                  Content and Language Integrated Learning for ESL Adults
    EDPY 599/699                  Vocabulary Instruction, Acquisition, and Assessment
    EDPY 903                         TESL Research/Capping Project