Barrett, Alexander James
(Last updated: May 3, 2022)
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
CITI Program, Ethics in Human Subjects Research: Social/Behavioral, received 2021
ITTT (International TEFL & TESOL Training) certificate, received 2006
Florida State University, August 2021 – Present
600 W College Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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
Lecturer (full time)
The British Council, November 2017 – September 2019
Examiner (part time)
Namangan State University, October 2015 – August 2017
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 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, CA 94112
Student Teacher (part time)
San Francisco State University, January 2010 – May 2010
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
Teaching Assistant (part time)
Project SHINE, February 2009 – May 2009
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
Volunteer tutor (part time)
Costco Wholesale, April 1999 – May 2012
450 10th street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Manager (full time)
Refereed Journal Articles
Barrett, A., Pack, A., Monteiro, D. & Liang, H.-N. (under review). Exploring the effects of variations in audience appearance on speaker anxiety and performance in virtual reality and real-life presentation contexts. Behavior & Information Technology.
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12397
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2021.104214
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. https://doi.org/10.29140/lea.v4n1.385.
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2020.1855209
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. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJCALLT.2021010105
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. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJCALLT.2020010103
Barrett, A. (2019). Extended Icebreaker. English Teaching Forum, 57(3), 33-35.
Barrett, A. (2018). Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching: The Case of China, ETiC: English Teaching in China, 10, 22-24.
Invited Book Chapters
Barrett, A. & Pack, A. (2022). The State of Extended Reality Technologies in Language Education and Research. In B. Zou, M. Thomas, D. Barr & W. Jia (Eds.), Emerging Concepts in Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning (pp. 16-41). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-8981-6.ch002
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 (pp. 208-235). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/987-1-7998-1282-1
Refereed Book Chapters
Barrett, A. (2019). Semantics. In C., Chen & G., Morris (Eds.), How Language Works- A brief introduction to linguistics (pp. 92-110). Macmillan Red Globe Press.
Refereed Conference papers
Barrett, A., Zhang, N., Ke, F., Moon, J. & Sokolikj, Z. (2022). Development of an evidence-centered model for computational thinking in virtual worlds with children with autism. The 8th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN2022), 30-32.
Bhowmik, S., Barrett, A., Ke, F., Yuan, X., Southerland, S., Dai, C.-P., West, L. & Dai, Z. (2022). Simulating students: An AI chatbot for teacher training. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C. & Kali, Y. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences – ICLS.
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). https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2020.48.1203
Zhang, N., Barrett, A., Ke, F., Moon, J. & Sokolikj, Z. (working paper). Development of a Domain-General Evidence-Centered Model for Computational Thinking. International Conference of the Learning Sciences.
-Conference Presentations –
Barrett, A., Pack, A., Guo, Y. & Wang, N. (2022, June 23-25). Investigating the new wave of technology: Language learners’ acceptance of VR technology for learning Chinese characters. Psychology of Language Learning 4 (PLL4). Sydney, Canada & virtual.
Bhowmik, S., Barrett, A., Ke, F., Yuan, X., Southerland, S., Dai, C.-P., West, L. & Dai, Z. (2022). Simulating students: An AI chatbot for teacher training. International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Hiroshima, Japan & virtual.
Barrett, A., Zhang, N., Ke, F., Moon, J. & Sokolikj, Z. (2022, May 30-31). Developing an evidence-centered model for computational thinking in virtual worlds with children with autism. Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN2022). Vienna, Austria & virtual.
Pack, A. Quaid, E. & Barrett, A. (2022, March 22-25). Virtual Reality a good fit for TESOL? Insights from ELLs. TESOL International Convention. Pittsburgh, USA.
Quaid, E. D., Barrett, A. J. & Pack, A. (2021, August 26). 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, November 16-23). Technology acceptance model application for high-immersion virtual reality learning environments. JALT 2020 46th Annual International Conference. Virtual.
Quaid, E., Pack, A., Barrett, A. & Zhou, L. (2020, August 20-21). Learner Acceptance of a Virtual Reality Learning Environment for Learning Paragraph Writing Structure. EuroCALL 2020 online conference.
Pack, A. & Barrett, A. (2019, April 12-14). 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, April 12-14). 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, January 12). 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, August 16-18). Investigating the Use of Virtual Reality Technologies to Support the Learning of Academic English Essay Writing, GloCALL Conference. Suzhou, China.
Barrett, A. (2017, April 15). Communicative Games, Challenges and Opportunities in ELT Conference. Namangan, Uzbekistan.
Barrett, A. (2017, November 11). Building Quality Note-Taking Skills, English is Key to Dialogue TESOL Conference. Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Barrett, A., Kuchkarova, Y. (2016, June 16-18). Using Rubrics for Performance Assessment, KazTEA Conference. Oskemen, Kazakhstan.
Barrett, A., Sarimsakova, D. (2016, June 16-18). Learning a Lot in a Little Time, KazTEA Conference. Oskemen, Kazakhstan.
Barrett, A. (2016, December 10). Communicative Games, Central Asia ELF Program Conference. Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Barrett, A. (2014, October 23-24). Practical Techniques for Teaching Language, JET Program Skill Development Conference. Awaji, Japan.
Barrett, A. (2011, December 2). Interlanguage Pragmatics: implications of positive transfer, Biannual SFSU TESOL conference. San Francisco, California.
Editorial Review Board
- TESL Reporter, since 2022
- International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, since 2022
Peer Review: Journal/Organization (count)
- TESL Reporter (1)
- International Conference of the Learning sciences (2)
- Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (2)
- Computer Assisted Language Learning (4) (Top-10 reviewers of 2021)
- Interactive Learning Environments (2)
- EuroCALL (3)
- International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (5)
- IGI Gloabl (1)
- Student-Staff Liaison Committee, XJTLU, Chair
- Teaching Centre Committee, XJTLU, Member
- Department Learning and Teaching Committee, XJTLU, Member
- 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.
-Honors & Awards-
- 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, Immersive Learning Research Network
- Member, IEEE
- Member, TESOL International Association
- Member, Association for Educational Communications & Technology
- Member, International Society of the Learning Sciences
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