Barrett, Alexander James
(Last updated: September 21, 2021)


Florida State University, August 2021 – Present
Ph.D. in Instructional Systems & Learning Technology, expected 2026

San Francisco State University, January 2009 – December 2011
M.A. in Education (TESOL), received January 2012

San Francisco State University, January 2005 – August 2006
B.A. in English Literature, received August 2006
Minor in Philosophy

Evergreen Valley College, August 1999 – May 2003
San Jose, California
A.A., received May 2003

ITTT (International TEFL & TESOL Training) certificate, received 2006

-Academic Positions-

Florida State University, August 2021 – Present
Graduate Research Associate (part time)

Alasala Colleges, September 2020 – September 2021
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Course Director (full time)

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, August 2017 – August 2020
Suzhou, China
Lecturer (full time)

The British Council, November 2017 – September 2019
Shanghai, China
Examiner (part time)

Namangan State University, October 2015 – August 2017
Namangan, Uzbekistan
English Language Fellow contracted with the U.S. Department of State (full time)

Hyogo Prefecture Board of Education, August 2013 – August 2015
Sumoto High School, Hyogo, Japan
Assistant Language Teacher (JET) (full time)

Minerva Bilingual School, August 2012 – June 2013
Gracias, Lempira, Honduras
Teacher (full time)

City College of San Francisco, January 2011 – May 2011
Student Teacher (part time)

San Francisco State University, January 2010 – May 2010
Teaching Assistant (part time)

Project SHINE, February 2009 – May 2009
Volunteer tutor (part time)

-Management Experience-

Costco Wholesale, April 1999 – May 2012
450 10th street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Manager (full time)


Refereed Journal Articles

Pack, A., Kiss, T., Barrett, A. & Chen, C. (2021). Towards a Non-Dichotomous View of Motivators and Demotivators in Language Learning. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 1-14.

Barrett, A., Pack, A. & Quaid, E. D. (2021). Understanding learners’ acceptance of high-immersion virtual reality systems: Insights from confirmatory and exploratory PLS-SEM analyses. Computers & Education, 169(2021), 1-17.

Quaid, E. & Barrett, A. (2021). Interpretations of spoken utterance fluency in simulated and face-to-face oral proficiency interviews. Language Education & Assessment, 4(1), 1-18.

Barrett, A., Pack, A., Guo, Y. & Wang, N. (2021). Technology acceptance model and multi-user virtual reality learning environments for Chinese language education. Interactive Learning Environments.

Pack, A. & Barrett, A. (2021). A review of virtual reality and English for academic purposes: Understanding where to start. International Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 11(1), 72-80.

Pack, A., Barrett, A., Liang, H.-N. & Montiero, D. (2020). University EAP Students’ Perceptions of Using a Prototype Virtual Reality Learning Environment to Learn Writing Structure, International Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 10(1), 27-46.

Barrett, A. (2019). Extended Icebreaker. English Teaching Forum, 57(3), 33-35.

Book Reviews

Barrett, A. (2018). Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching: The Case of China, ETiC: English Teaching in China, 10, 22-24.

Invited Book Chapter

Quaid, E. & Barrett, A. (2020). Toward the Future of Computer-Assisted Language Testing: Assessing Spoken Performance through Semi-Direct Tests. In B., Zou, & M., Thomas (Eds.), Recent Developments in Technology-Enhanced and Computer-Assisted Language Learning, 208-235. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Refereed Book Chapters

Barrett, A. (2019). Semantics. In C., Chen & G., Morris (Eds.), How Language Works- A brief introduction to linguistics, 92-110. Shanghai: Macmillan Red Globe Press.

Refereed Conference papers

Quaid, E., Pack, A.,  Barrett, A. & Zhou, L. (2020). Students’ intention to use high-immersion virtual reality systems for learning paragraph structure: A PLS-SEM exploratory study. In K.-M., Frederiksen, S., Larsen, L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (Eds.), CALL for widening participation: short papers from EUROCALL 2020 (pp. 291-297).

-Conference Presentations –

Quaid, E. D., Barrett, A. J. & Pack, A. (2021). Evaluating VR system use for continuing support in university academic writing centres: An experiential approach. EAP Education and Practice Conference. University College London, U.K.

Barrett, A., Quaid, E., Pack, A. & Zhou, L. (2020). Technology acceptance model application for high-immersion virtual reality learning environments. JALT 2020 46th Annual International Conference.

Quaid, E., Pack, A., Barrett, A. & Zhou, L. (2020). Learner Acceptance of a Virtual Reality Learning Environment for Learning Paragraph Writing Structure. EuroCALL 2020 online conference.

Pack, A. & Barrett, A. (2019). Painting in a Virtual World: How Virtual Reality Can Supplement EAP, BALEAP Conference: Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, Leeds, U.K.

Pack, A., & Barrett, A. (2019). Virtual Reality Learning Environments as Pedagogical Tools for English for Academic Purposes, BALEAP Conference: Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, Leeds, U.K.

Pack, A. & Barrett, A. (2019). How to use the Virtual Reality Language Learning Lab to teach academic writing structure, JALT: Kyoto x MAVR, Kyoto, Japan.

Pack, A., Liang, H.-N., & Barrett, A. (2018). Investigating the Use of Virtual Reality Technologies to Support the Learning of Academic English Essay Writing, GloCALL Conference, Suzhou, China.

Barrett, A. (2017). Building Quality Note-Taking Skills, English is Key to Dialogue TESOL Conference, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Barrett, A. (2017). Communicative Games, Challenges and Opportunities in ELT Conference, Namangan, Uzbekistan.

Barrett, A., Kuchkarova, Y. (2016). Using Rubrics for Performance Assessment, KazTEA Conference, Oskemen, Kazakhstan.

Barrett, A., Sarimsakova, D. (2016). Learning a Lot in a Little Time, KazTEA Conference, Oskemen, Kazakhstan.

Barrett, A. (2016). Communicative Games, Central Asia ELF Program Conference, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Barrett, A. (2014). Practical Techniques for Teaching Language, JET Program Skill Development Conference, Awaji, Japan.

Barrett, A. (2011). Interlanguage Pragmatics: implications of positive transfer, Biannual SFSU TESOL conference, San Francisco, California.

-Professional Service-


  • International Conference of the Learning sciences
  • Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (Top-10 reviewers of 2021)
  • Interactive Learning Environments
  • EuroCALL
  • International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching


  • Student-Staff Liaison Committee, XJTLU, Chair
  • Teaching Centre Committee, XJTLU, Member
  • Department Learning and Teaching Committee, XJTLU, Member

-Research Support-

  • Investigating the Use of Virtual Reality Technologies to Support Public Speaking and Giving Presentations in English for Academic Purposes Environments. RMB 36,000 (US $5,350). Teaching Development Fund 18/19-R17-115. Principal Investigator. 2019-2020.
  • Leveraging Collaborative VR paint programs for the teaching and learning of Chinese characters. RMB 6,435 (US $960). Summer Undergraduate Research Fund 201952. Principal Investigator. 2019.
  • Investigating the Use of Virtual Reality Technologies to Support the Learning of Academic English Essay Writing. RMB 50,000 (US $7,250). Teaching Development Fund 17/18-R15-103. Co-Investigator. 2017-2019.


  • John and Clara McDonald Endowed Scholarship ($10,000), Florida State University, received 2021
  • Most Innovative Teaching Practice Award, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, received 2020
  • U.K. Higher Education Academy Fellowship, received 2020
  • Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America, received 1998


  • Member, TESOL International Association
  • Member, Association for Educational Communications & Technology
  • Member, International Society of the Learning Sciences

Download as PDF: Alex Barrett CV