Curriculum Vitae

Barrett, Alexander James

-Professional Profile-

9 years TESOL experience; 11 years business management experience
-Highly motivated M.A. recipient, with notable business and academic background
-Strong inter-cultural experience, capable of adapting to a variety of situations successfully
-Skilled manager, experienced organizational abilities to conceptualize and execute complex projects

-English Language Teaching Experience-

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University                         August 2017 – Present
Suzhou, China
English Teacher (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
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Student Teacher (part time)

San Francisco State University                        January 2010 – May 2010
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Teaching Assistant (part time)

Project SHINE                                                      February 2009 – May 2009
c/o San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Tutor (part time)


San Francisco State University                     January 2009 – December 2011
-M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), received Dec. 2011

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

 San Jose State University                              January 2003 – December 2004
-Coursework in global culture, English literature and languages

Evergreen Valley College                                            August 1999 – May 2003
San Jose, California
-Associate in Arts, received May 2003

-Management Experience-

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

-Other Qualifications-

Technological competencies
-Course management systems (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard etc.)
– Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
-Virtual Reality Learning Environments (Mondly, Veative, Ovation etc.)
– Online teaching applications (Edmodo, Padlet, Kahoot etc.)
-Video, sound, and image editing (YouTube, Audacity, Adobe Photoshop)
– Data processing and coding (SPSS, NVivo)

Awards, certifications, and skills
-Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Most Innovative Teaching Practice Award, received 2020
– U.K. Higher Education Academy Fellowship, received 2020
-Member of BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes), since 2019
– Member of JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching), since 2014
-Member of TESOL International Association, since 2012
– ITTT (International TEFL & TESOL Training) certificate, received 2006
-Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America, received 1998
– Language skills: intermediate Spanish, elementary Japanese, elementary Chinese

-Conference Presentations –

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.


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.

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

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

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

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

-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.

-Courses Taught-

English for Academic Purposes, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University August 2017 –  Present
Required year-two course designed to improve university English skills such as listening to lectures, reading academic material, writing academic essays and reports, and giving professional presentations

Listening and Speaking, Namangan State University                October 2015 – August 2017
Required for English majors and pre-service teachers. Academic and professional aural and oral competency through mediums of debate and presentations

English communications II, Sumoto High school                           August 2013 – August 2015
Integrated skills course focusing on the functions of grammar in context for the intermediate level

English communications I, Sumoto High School                           August 2013 – August 2015
Integrated skills course focusing on the functions of grammar in context for the beginner level

English Expressions II, Sumoto High School                                   August 2013 – August 2014
Conversational English with an emphasis on grammatical forms, listening competency, and dialogue practice

Introduction to Academic Writing, Sumoto High School                                           Fall 2013
Sentence, paragraph, and essay structure and organization for academic purposes

English Literature, Minerva Bilingual School                                      August 2012 – June 2013
Understanding and responding to short fiction writing, examining elements of story, poem, and narrative structure

English Grammar, Minerva Bilingual School                                     August 2012 – June 2013
Thorough examination of basic English grammar, sentence mapping, phrase structure and paragraph writing

           -Courses Assisted-

Advanced Listening and Speaking, City College of San Francisco                      Spring 2011
Academic and professional listening and speaking skills and strategies, focus on oral communication activities, oral presentations and listening competency with vocabulary and grammatical structures appropriate to the advanced level

Second Year Composition for Multilingual Students, San Francisco State        Spring 2010
Expository argumentative composition and critical reading of nonfiction: supporting arguments with outside sources, developing revising strategies and research skills

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