Curriculum Vitae

Barrett, Alexander James

-Professional Profile-

7 years TESOL experience; 12 years 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-

The British Council                                      November 2017 – Present
Shanghai, China
Examiner (part time)
-Give oral interviews to candidates taking the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam to assess their spoken English skills, paying attention to lexical resources, grammatical range and accuracy, fluency and coherence, and pronunciation.
– Assess essays and other scripts written by candidates taking the IELTS exam, marking task completion, coherence and cohesion, lexical resources, and grammatical range and accuracy.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University     August 2017 – Present
Suzhou, China
English Teacher (full time)
-Teach required English for Academic Purposes courses
– Develop classroom materials and assessments (formative and summative)
-Invigilate and mark university entrance exams for all incoming students
– Chair of the Student-Staff Liaison Committee
-Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
– Member of the XJTLU Teaching Centre Committee
-Internal Moderator of assessments for first-year Transition to University Learning students
– Virtual Learning Environment Representative- maintaining the course management system (Moodle based) for my module
-Academic Advisor for over 20 first year students each term
– Delivered and participated actively in regular professional development workshops

Namangan State University                   October 2015 – August 2017
Namangan, Uzbekistan
English Language Fellow contracted with the U.S. Department of State (full time)
-Taught required listening and speaking courses to undergraduate students majoring in English Teaching and Education as part of a pre-service teacher training program
– Cultivated the academic literacies of new university students in listening to lectures, taking notes, summarizing, and interpreting academic discourse
-Developed the English teaching methodologies of local university English teachers by giving bi-weekly workshops and training sessions on all four skills
– Trained over 150 university teachers from all over Uzbekistan in government-mandated week-long training seminars
-Designed all materials to be used with new curriculum for the classes I teach
– Launched an English conversation club at the university to help students enhance their speaking skills
-Planned and implemented the first English Speech Contest to be held at my university
– Engaged in cultural diplomacy to promote intercultural exchanges between the U.S. and Uzbekistan
-Paneled the selection committee for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent
– Mentored and advise students and colleagues who are planning to apply for exchange programs and Master’s degrees in the United States

Hyogo Prefecture Board of Education    August 2013 – August 2015
Sumoto High School, Hyogo, Japan
Assistant Language Teacher (JET) (full time)
-Collaborated with a Japanese teacher of English to instruct students at the upper secondary level
-Adapted curricula to encompass integrated skills learning goals and cross-cultural enrichment
-Independently conducted low-beginner lessons in the community, 1.5 contact hours, bi-weekly

Minerva Bilingual School                         August 2012 – June 2013
Gracias, Lempira, Honduras
Teacher (full time)
-Taught secondary level English literature and grammar
-Designed and implemented the curriculum and assessments for the courses I taught
-Lead actor in the pedagogical committee to create continuity in curricula over all grade levels and school years

City College of San Francisco                January 2011 – May 2011
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Student Teacher (part time)
-Participated in teaching advanced listening and speaking with mentor teacher Dr. Curt Sanford
-Aided in teaching, grading, and developing curriculum
-Planned and taught several lessons focusing on peer collaboration and self assessment

San Francisco State University              January 2010 – May 2010
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Teaching Assistant (part time)
-Assisted Dr. Casey Keck in teaching second year composition for multilingual students
-Supported the instructor in facilitating group discussion, responding to students’ questions on writings and leading one-on-one writing conferences
-Conducted classes and proctored exams

Project SHINE                                           February 2009 – May 2009
c/o San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Tutor (part time)
-Volunteered as a coach for SHINE (Students Helping In the Naturalization of Elders), a service-learning initiative that benefits elder immigrants and refugees
-Tutored students and led small group discussions in a non-credit beginner level class at City College of San Francisco


San Francisco State University                     January 2009 – December 2011
-M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), received Dec. 2011
-Capstone research focus on interlanguage pragmatics
-Coursework emphasized theoretical foundations and contemporary research in linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics; as well as classroom teaching methodology

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
-Liberal Arts coursework

-Management Experience-

Costco Wholesale                                       April 1999 – May 2012
450 10th street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Manager (full time)
-Administrated point of sale operations and general warehouse business procedures
-Hired and trained multiple employees and composed and conducted annual performance reviews
-Wrote and implement a department schedule of my design for over 80 employees and ensured schedule integrity with weekly audits
-Lead facilitator in equipment management and materials supply

-Other Qualifications-

Technological competencies
-Course management systems (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard etc.)
– Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
-Web design (CSS, WordPress)
– Virtual Reality Learning Environments (VRLLL, Veative, Ovation etc.)
-Online teaching applications (Edmodo, Padlet, Kahoot etc.)
– Basic video and sound editing (Audacity, YouTube etc.)
-Data processing and coding (SPSS, NVivo)

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

Pack, A., Hai-Ning, L., & 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., Hai-Ning, L. & Montiero, D. (Forthcoming). 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(2), XX-XX.

Quaid, E. & Barrett, A. (Forthcoming). 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. (pp. XX-XX). IGI Global.

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

-Grants and Awards-

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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