Thompson Rivers University

Jason Brown

Name: Mr. Jason Brown
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: BC TEAL; TESL Canada
Phone: 250-377-6040


I'm interested in international travel, cooking, renovation projects, watching team sports like hockey and basketball, and hiking when I can find the time.

Research Interests

Language learning motivation, willingness to communicate, instructed second language acquisition, directed motivational currents and project-based learning, grad-student seminar discourse analysis, as well as L2 learner engagement are some of my research interests.


Anaheim University
Ed. D. TESOL (2019) Summa Cum Laude (ABD)

University of Sheffield
Certificate Program in Japanese Language and Society (2007)

University of Birmingham
MA TEFL/TESOL (2001) with Distinction

Tokyo Language Arts College
TEFL/TESOL Diploma (1997)

Tokyo Language Arts College
Advanced TEFL Certificate (1997)

Tokyo Language Arts College
Introductory TEFL Certificate (1997)

Simon Fraser University
Bachelor of Arts Communications (1992)


Refereed Journal Articles

Accepted in Press

Sudina, E., Brown, J., Datzman, B., Oki, Y., Song, K., Cavanaugh, R., ... & Plonsky, L. (2020). Language-specific grit: exploring psychometric properties, predictive validity, and differences across contexts. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 1-18.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Brown, J., Wu, Z. & Pan, D. (2017) Zen and the Art of the Essay: Cultural differences in academic writing styles. 50th Annual BC TEAL Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Brown, J., Liu, Z., Lee, K.,Wu, Z. & Pan, D. (2016) Zen and the Art of the Essay: your yin is my yang when it comes to academic writing. 2nd Annual TRU ESL Department Research Colloquium

Brown, J., Liu, Z., Lee, K.,Wu, Z. & Pan, D. (2016) Zen and the Art of the Essay: Writing from the Lotus Position. Interculturalizing the Curriculum Regroup 2016 invited presentation.

Brown, J. (2016) Piloting a Business-Focused Writing Course: Lessons Learned.BC TEAL Interior Conference. Kamloops, BC.

Brown, J., Wu, A. and Ranjatoelina (2016) Creating a Global Village in the TRU Classroom. TRU Teaching Practices Colloqium (2016) Kamloops, BC.

Brown, J., Wu, A. and Ranjatoelina (2016) Flipped Classrooms: Intercultural Activities for Increasing Motivation. BC TEAL Annual Conference (2016) SFU Campus, Surrey, BC.

Brown, J. (2016) Blogs as Motivators for Authentic Writing. BC TEAL Annual Conference (2016) SFU Campus, Surrey, BC.

Brown, J. (2013) ???Changes on the Horizon: Resisting Attempts to Marketize Public-Sector ESL Training.??? TESL Canada 2013 Conference October 10th ??? 13th, 2013:

Hu, J., Brown, J., & Lee-Wiens, S. (2009, May). How can instructors assist ESL students in academic writing? Panel co-presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language, Vancouver, BC.

Employment History

THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY Kamloops, B.C. Since Fall, 2002 (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Social Work, ESL Department)

UNIVERSITY OF KITAKYUSHU Kitakyushu, Japan. April 2001-July 2002 (English Lecturer, Faculty of Environmental Engineering)


Tohoku Epson Sakata, Japan July, 1996 April 1999 (Corporate English Language Instructor)

SAKATA JUNIOR COLLEGE Sakata, Japan April 1998-March 1999 (College English Instructor)

Courses Taught

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
(Pre M. Ed. Program)

EDUC 5990 Graduate Writing in an Academic Context
EDUC 5990 Research Colloquium

TESL Certificate Program

TESL 3030 Intercultural Communications
TESL 3040 TESL Techniques

ESAL English for Academic Purposes Certificate Program

ESAL 0580 Academic Writing
ESAL 0570 Academic Reading Skills
ESAL 0480 Advanced Composition
ESAL 0470 Advanced Reading and Study Skills
ESAL 0450 Advanced Oral Communication
ESAL 0420 Advanced Grammar
ESAL 0380 Intermediate Composition
ESAL 0370 Intermediate Reading and Study Skills
ESAL 0350 Intermediate Oral Communication
ESAL 0320 Intermediate Grammar
ESAL 0280 Pre-Intermediate Writing Skill
ESAL 0270 Pre-intermediate Reading Skills
ESAL 0250 Pre-intermediate Oral Communication
ESAL 0180 Basic Writing Skills
ESAL 0170 Basic Reading Skills
ESAL 0150 Basic Oral Communication
ESAL 0880 Intermediate Pronunciation
ESAL 0640 Preparation for TOEFL iBT ??? Level 1

Contract Training and Overseas Teaching

English for Educators (Beijing, China)
English for Academic Purposes (Chandigarh, India)
TESL Practicum Facilitator (Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam)
English for Chinese Elementary and High School teachers (Kamloops)

Professional Affiliations

TESL Canada


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