Martin Guardado, PhD

Professor and Director, English Language School

Extension | Education

English Language (ESL) | Educational Psychology

About Me

Areas of Expertise

  • Heritage language socialization and maintenance
  • Language, culture, identity
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Discourse/ interactional analysis
  • Culturally- and linguistically-diverse students
  • Technology and education
  • Internationalization of higher education
  • Action research


Dr. Guardado is an applied linguist/ sociolinguist investigating language socialization and literacy practices within immigrant communities in Canada, with a particular focus on the development and maintenance of heritage languages. Recent and current funded projects include investigating multilingualism among Japanese families in Montreal, and examining trilingualism in families and communities using a variety of languages in Alberta, Canada. Additionally, his research has examined English as a Second Language (ESL) students’ experiences of online peer feedback on writing, the use of podcasting in ESL classes in the Chinese community of Edmonton, and Task-Based Language Teaching in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes.

Dr. Guardado started his career in education as a teaching assistant in the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1982. Since that time, he has taught courses in language and culture, language socialization, as well as ESL/EFL to all levels and age groups in the United States, El Salvador and Canada. He has also taught public school teachers, student teachers, graduate students, and international students in community colleges and universities both in El Salvador and in Canada. He obtained a secondary school teaching diploma and a B. A. (honours) in TEFL from Universidad Francisco Gavidia in El Salvador, a TESOL in-service Diploma from Vancouver Community College, a Masters in TESL, and a Ph.D in Applied Linguistics from The University of British Columbia.

Awards and grants

2019-2024 — Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight  Grant, Heritage Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices: An Examination of Linguistically Mixed Families in Alberta, $95,000, Principal Investigator (Co-Investigator: Rika Tsushima)

2014-2016 — Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) Research Team Grant, $7,500, Information Seeking and Diffusion Among Chinese Immigrant Women in Alberta, University of Alberta. Principal Investigator: Dr. Martin Guardado. Research Team: Dr. Solina Richter (Faculty of Nursing, U of A), Dr. Louanne Keenan (Community Engaged Research, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, U of A), and Dr. Yuping Mao (Media and Communication, Erasmus University, The Netherlands)

2014-2015 — Vice-President (Research) Special SSHRC Grant, $7,984, Principal Investigator, Allophone Mothers: Japanese Female Immigrants’ Perspectives on Heritage Language in a Multilingual Canadian City, University of Alberta

2013 — Lifelong Learning Award: Research and Scholarship, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta

2010-2012 — Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant, Spanish Language Socialization in Edmonton, $29,625, Principal Investigator

2008 — Ann Hawson Memorial Prize for Dissertation in Modern Language Education, Language and Literacy Education Department, University of British Columbia

2007 — Joseph Katz Memorial Award for Multicultural Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

2007 — Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant, University of British Columbia

2005 — Ph.D. Tuition Fee Award, University of British Columbia

2003-2005 — Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)– Three-year Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia

2004 — Ph.D. Tuition Fee Award, University of British Columbia

2003 — Ph.D. Tuition Fee Award, University of British Columbia

2001 — Best Graduate Student Paper Award-The Canadian Modern Language Review

Travel Awards

2005 — AILA 14th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Madison, Wisconsin

2005 — Graduate Student Conference Travel Award, Faculty of Education, UBC

2006 — The Canadian Modern Language Review Student Presentation Award


Research Interests

  • Language, culture and identity
  • Multilingualism/ trilingualism
  • Language socialization in home, school and community settings
  • Community-based research
  • Heritage language development and metapragmatics
  • Heritage languages and cosmopolitanism
  • TESL and technology
  • Task-Based Language Teaching
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Short-term study abroad
  • Global citizenship/ competence