Hetty Roessingh

Hetty Roessingh



Professor Emerita

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Language and Literacy

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Office: 403.220.6442


Office: EDT1040

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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 current research program focuses on the role of handwriting in producing quality writing outcomes throughout the educational trajectory: from early literacy to academic literacy development. Cursive handwriting is finding its way back onto the curriculum in various provincial Ministries 

  • Early childhood education
  • Literacy and language 
  • Handwriting
  • English for academic purposes (EAP) curriculum design




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