studying in the library

Darren Gordon, EdD

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Modern Languages   306.756.3270      

Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics: Phonology, Thai, TESOL Practicum, TESOL Internship.
  Learning is always transformational—we are never the same when we commit ourselves to know about ourselves, others, the world, and the Creator who opens Himself up to be known. 

Teaching Philosophy

Similar to the awareness that everything good comes from God, a central idea that makes learning meaningful and significant is an understanding that all truth is God's truth. This reality centres the learning process on the subject that is being considered, observed, and investigated. It also creates a learning environment in which all learners "gather" around the subject together, from different places of understanding and from different vantage points, seeking to understand more fully and more deeply the truth of the subject. A few of the more important implications of such an approach to learning for education are an increased need for embracing humility, hospitality, integrity, courage, and perseverance.


Growing up in western Washington, I spent a lot of time enjoying waterways and mountains. Added to my love of the outdoors was a love of languages and cultures. These loves came together in working with minority language communities in such places as Indonesia, Thailand, and Laos. Passing on skills to students for language learning and language teaching has become my most recent passion, teaching at Payap University, Simpson University, and now Briercrest College.


EdD Educational Leadership, George Fox University, 2017
MA Applied Linguistics, Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University), 2002
BA Cross-cultural Mission, Simpson College (now Simpson University), 1995


SLA and language teaching
Language restoration
Educational leadership and higher education partnerships


  • Cheeseman, N., Hall, E., & Gordon, D. (2015). Palaungic Linguistic Bibliography with Selected Annotations. Mon-Khmer Studies (Notes, Reviews, Data-Papers), 44:i-liv. (2015).

  • Review of Interreligious Learning and Teaching: A Christian Rationale for a Transformative Praxis by Largen, Kristin Johnston with Mary E. Hess and Christy Lohr Sapp (2014) in International Journal of Christianity and Education, 19(2): 161-162. (2013).

  • A selective Palaungic linguistic bibliography. Mon-Khmer Studies (Notes, Reviews, Data-Papers), 42:xiv-xxxiii.

Getting the chance to come together with a small group of believers to intensively study the Word while doing activities that we all have a passion for is really cool!
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015