Thompson Rivers University

Dian Henderson

Name: Dian Henderson
Position: Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 371-5571


Being outdoors. Spending time with family and friends. Gardening, cooking, walking and talking.

Research Interests

I am deeply curious about the process of teaching and learning and exploring ways to integrate the Way of Council and Experiential Learning into my classes.
I love teaching writing as a way of supporting students to find their voice through the power of words. I am fascinated by the connection between stories, cultural identity, and community in the classroom.
I enjoy developing new curriculum and seeking new ways to approach the process of teaching and learning.
I am committed to Indigenizing the Curriculum in English Language Teaching and Learning, and I am sincerely grateful to the Secwepemc People upon whose land I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest.


Bachelor of Education with a major in ESL (U of A)
TESL Cert. Level Three Permanent
Master of Arts in Education (School for International Training)


Selected Presentations and Publications include:
Henderson, D. (2019, Nov 16). The heart of resilience. Plenary presented at the 2019 Lower Mainland regional Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Henderson, D. (2019) "Way of Council as part of the Experiential Learning Cycle", BC TEAL, Vancouver, BC.

Henderson, D. (2018) "The Culture of Curiosity: Inductive teaching Keeps them Engaged", C.E.L.T., Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC.

Krauza, W. & Henderson, D. (Feb. 2018) "Re-designing ESL: Creating a Community of Success through Curricular Change",
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC.

Church, A., & Henderson, D. (2018) "Reaching Students by Creating a Community of Readers, Teaching Practices Colloquium, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

Henderson, D. (2017) "Learning through Community", Hawaii International Conference on Education, Hawaii, USA.

Church, A. & Henderson, D. (2015) "Reading Strategies that Transcend", Tri-TESOL, Des Moine, WA.

Cederlof, C., & Henderson, D., (2015). "Mining the Curiosity and Internal Motivation of Adult Learners", UBCO Learning Conference, Kelowna, BC.

Employment History

I taught in Korea as part of a research study using Krashen's Communicative Approach. I have also taught ESL for immigrant Canadians through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Winnipeg One School Division and Red River College. I then worked for nine years in the Public Schools in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. In 1996, we moved to British Columbia where I have taught English for academic purposes ever since. I have been actively involved in teacher training through TRU's TESL program teaching Curriculum and Instruction, Pedagogical Grammar, Second Language Acquisition theory, Pronunciation, Assessment, and the TESL practicum. My international experience also includes working with teacher training in Vina del Mar, Chile, and working with grade eight students in Xianghe, China, teacher training in Beijing, China, and in Mexico City and Cancun, Mexico.

Courses Taught

I mostly teach writing, reading, and grammar. I love teaching writing and believe everyone has something significant to say, but to write, one must read, and so I love to teach Reading as well. As an ESL teacher, I have also become excited about the 'mystery' of English grammar. I enjoy the questions my students ask, and I love the puzzle of English grammar!
In ESL, I have taught grammar in levels 1-4,
level 2-5 reading,
level 2-5 writing
level two and four oral skills,
and level two mixed skills.
In TESL, I have taught TESL 3010, 302, 304, and 305.

Professional Affiliations

TESL Canada


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