David Catterick

Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics: TESOL

Email: dcatterick@briercrest.ca
Phone: 306-756-3301

Faculty of Christian Ministry


David started his teaching career over twenty years ago, teaching English in a German school. Between 1989 and 1997, David taught English and ministered in four different colleges and universities in China, met his Canadian wife, and completed his MEd in TESOL at the University of Manchester in the UK. In 2010, he completed his PhD in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick in the UK.

During his final two years in China, David taught and developed courses for a graduate-level, in-service TESOL training program at China's largest teachers' university. In 1998, he went to teach English for Academic Purposes at the University of Dundee in Scotland, developing courses and programs to help international students cope with the challenges of English-medium higher education. In his final years at the university, David was also involved in a number of European Union-funded language projects in central and eastern Europe.

David has been teaching at Briercrest College since August 2006. He enjoys the opportunity to "multiply ministries" through the field of TESOL, encouraging students to be used by God in English language teaching contexts around the world.

David likes to spend his spare time with his wife, Sandra, and their three school-age children, Sarah, Sophie, and Esther. David and his family love road trips on the wide open roads of North America.


BA (Hons.), University of Liverpool, 1989
MEd, University of Manchester, 1995
PhD, University of Warwick, 2010


Areas of Specialization

TESOL English language teaching Needs of international students

Research Interests

  • English language teacher training
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Support of international students in online distance learning

Courses Taught

COMM 300 Intercultural Communication
LING 105 Introduction to TESOL
LING 220 Linguistics: English Grammar
LING 221 Language Teaching Methodology
LING 321 English Language Skills in TESOL
LING 320 Materials Development
LING 429 Professional Issues in TESOL

Notable Publications

Book chapters

  • "An Academic Writing Course in Cyberspace" in Henrichsen, L. 2001,Case Studies in TESOL Practice: Distance Learning, TESOL Inc.
  • "Supporting non-native English-speaking students in an online postgraduate degree" in Seth Preston, D & Hoang Nguyen, T (Eds.)
  • Virtuality and Education: A Reader. Disciplinary Press, Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • "Do the philosophical foundations of online learning disadvantage non-Western students?" in Edmundsen, A.L.
  • Globalized e-Learning Cultural Challenges. Idea-Group Press.

Papers in Conference selections

  • "Towards a Pedagogy of Cultural Literacy" IATEFL 1999 Edinburgh Conference Selections, IATEFL.
  • "Language Teaching and the Online Revolution" SATEFL Newsletter, 19, 3.
  • "Mapping and Managing Cultural Beliefs about Language Learning among Chinese EAP Learners", in Directions for the Future: Issues in English for Academic Purposes, Peter Lang AG.
  • "Learning Our Language: helping learners decipher Dundonian." SATEFL Newsletter, 23, 3.
  • "Teaching or Coaching? Reflecting on Roles and Objectives in One-to-One EAP." In New Approaches to Materials Development for Language Learning: Proceedings of the 2005 joint BALEAP/SATEFL conference, Peter Lang A.G., edited by Olwyn Alexander, pp. 135- 149. New York: Peter Lang.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • "Book reviews: CALL Environments: Research, Practice and Critical Issues"ReCALL Journal, 11, 3.
  • "Book Review:Language Learning in Distance Education: English for Specific Purposes, 24.
  • "An 'uneven playing field' or 'one size fits all'?: Investigating differences in support needs between native and non-native students in VLEs."Journal of Southeast Asian Education, 5, 1.
  • "Review:English Language Teaching in Action"TESL Canada Journal, 27,2

Memberships and Affiliations

TESL Saskatchewan

TESL Canada Professional Standard Three (Permanent) certification