Fran Byrnes, Ph.D.
Associate Director, David Nunan TESOL Institute
Dr. Fran Byrnes has worked in the field of adult TESOL for over 30 years, in teaching and teacher training, and in the design and development of multimedia and online materials. Dr. Fran Byrnes received her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research interest and expertise lies in inter- and intra-cultural communication and in the theory and methodology of TESOL teaching and adult learning. In addition to her many teaching and training roles in Australia (Macquarie University, Sydney; Sydney University; University of Technology, Sydney; University of Western Sydney) Dr Byrnes has been a prominent and successful teacher of linguistics and TESOL, and a teacher trainer, in England, Italy, Germany and Japan. Dr. Byrnes, worked with Dr David Nunan on the Atlas Series for English language learning and on the Listen In series for Thomson Asia. She is the Editorial Associate for the Journal of Applied Linguistics and has many years experience in academic and educational editing and publishing.
Message from Fran Byrnes, Ph.D.
Hello, and welcome to Anaheim University's MA in TESOL.
I have been involved in English language teaching and language teacher education in many different parts of the world for over thirty years. My academic work has focused on the interdependence of teaching and learning, language teaching methodology, teacher education, discourse analysis and second language acquisition. My most recent research work has been on the links between theory and practice in intercultural communication.
I am passionate about language and language learning, in particular how attitudes and beliefs about teaching and learning impact on classroom practice, and how classroom practice impacts on learning. In my TESOL teaching career I have been especially interested in the skills of listening and speaking, and so I am especially pleased to be on board for this AU journey with you. I look forward to our learning and interaction.
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