Thompson Rivers University

Dian Henderson

Name: Dian Henderson
Position: senior lecturer
Phone: 371-5571


To Learn.... to Live fully... to laugh outloud!
To listen ... to the quiet and the boisterious.
To hear the stories that form ones' beliefs and behaviours.

Research Interests

Using "The Way of Council" in ESL classrooms
Developing community in an international / intercultural classroom
The power of stories in defining cultural identity
Canadian Language Benchmarks


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)


Kipnis, W. & Henderson, D. (2011, summer). How to grow an ESL scholarship. Groundwork ??? Adult Basic Education, 31 (3), 8-9.

Densky, K. (2010, winter). Teaching tips: developing community in the ESL classroom. TEAL News ??? The Association of B.C. Teachers of English as an Additional Language, (D. Henderson, cont.), 11 and 24.

Church, A., Densky, K. & Henderson, D. (2009). Viability study for the expansion of the current TESL program at Thompson Rivers University. Unpublished manuscript, Thompson Rivers University.

Henderson, D. & Thompson, D. (2007). Level three methodology: Chilean teacher Training Program. Unpublished manuscript, Thompson Rivers University.

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 Pedagogical Grammar, Second Language Acquisition theory and the TESL practicum. My international experience also includes teacher training in Vina del Mar, Chile and working with grade eight students in Xianghe, China.

Courses Taught

I mostly teach reading, writing and grammar. I love teaching writing and believe everyone has something noteworthy to say. But to write, one must read, and so I love to read and to teach it 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 level one, two, three and four grammar,
level two, three, four and five reading,
level two, three, four and five writing
level two and four oral skills,
and level two mixed skills.
In TESL, I have taught TESL 302, 304 and 305.

Professional Affiliations

TESL Canada


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