Hetty Roessingh, PhD

Hetty Roessingh

Professor Emerita

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Language and Literacy

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Email: clmacgil@ucalgary.ca
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Phone number

Office: 403.220.6442


Office: EDT1040


Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy University of Calgary, 1996

MA University of Calgary, 1975

BEd University of Calgary, 1974


Dr. Roessingh was born in Indonesia but immigrated to Canada with her family at a young age. She completed her BEd, MA and PhD at the University of Calgary between 1968 and 1996, and taught English as a second language at the high school level until 2000, when she joined the Faculty of Education at U of C.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Roessingh offers her expertise to Alberta Education (ESL Avisory committee, AUA representative) and is active in a number of Charter schools that have high numbers of ELLs. Staff development, classroom based research, and engaging pre-service teachers in service learning opportunities are the focus of this work, with a goal of classroom level impact, and policy reform at the jurisdiction and Ministry levels.

  • Alberta Education, AUA representative on ESL Advisory Committee
  • Almadina Language Charter Academy
  • Westmount Charter School


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

My research program focuses on the instructional needs of learners (k – 12) for whom English is a second language (ESL). Published works have included tracking studies for ESL high school dropout and achievement outcomes in grade 12; rates of English language acquisition; ESL curriculum and program and materials design; early language and literacy development. Current interest includes research on the transitional supports from high school to university that can produce better academic outcomes for English language learners (ELLs), and insights into the development of early to academic literacy among young learners.

  • Bilingual/second language education
  • Early childhood education
  • English for academic purposes (EAP) curriculum design
  • Literacy
  • Pedagogical approaches in ESL/EAP teaching and learning environments
  • Second language teaching and learning
  • Second language acquisition (SLA)


  • Mitacs summer student scholarship ($6000) 2020 (Bonnie Travis). Early written literacy outcomes among grade 3 students
  • Alberta Education Partnership Grant ($50,000) 2019. Supplementing early learning with a play-based, sensorimotor and language development program in preschool and kindergarten (with Werklund School of Education, Foothills School Division and Calgary Separate School Division)

  • SSHRC Connections Grant ($38,000) 2019. Play based learning and literacy development. May 6 – 7, 2019.  Events at UofC further enhanced through a grant from VP Research Office ($5000), Werklund Community Engagement Event Funding, and internal support from our Associate Dean, Research. Total: $50,000.  


  • Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of professional service, TESL Canada. 2017
  • Dawn Seabrook DeVargas Fellowship , ATESL . 2011