David Catterick, PhD

Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics: TESOL Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts


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


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 M.Ed. in TESOL at the University of Manchester in the U.K.

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 here 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 elementary school-age children, Sarah, Sophie, and Esther. David and his family often travel to other parts of Saskatchewan and neighbouring provinces so the girls can take part in Scottish Highland Dancing competitions.


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


    Saskatchewan Council for the Education of Non-native English Speakers (SCENES)

    Member, TESOL Inc.