David Catterick, PhD

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics: TESOL
Live as though your life belongs to the Lord, not as though it somehow belongs to you. Allow the Lord to shape your hopes, dreams, and aspirations and see Him do more than you yourself could ever wish or hope for. 
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David Teaches:


  • LING 105 Introduction to TESOL
  • LING 220 Linguistics: English Grammar
  • LING 221 Language Teaching Methodologu
  • LING 222 Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 323 Materials Development
  • LING 420 Ethics in TESOL
  • LING 429 Professional Issues in TESOL
  • COMM 200 Intercultural Communication

Teaching Philosophy

I believe my role as a professor is to use the teaching skills I have been given in order to help my students achieve their professional goals and God-given potential. I encourage every student to commit themselves fully to their training while at the same time allowing themselves to be shaped by the work of the Holy Spirit. My hope and prayer for every student is that they will quickly recognize what Zoltan Dornyei calls their possible self and see it gradually transformed into their future self, a person who loves the Lord deeply and is willing to surrender their newly-acquired skills for His strategic purposes in the world. My desire is that I serve as a model for my student's future professional practice. I firmly believe that the true measure of teaching excellence does not rest in my own performance. Rather, the final word on my teaching is the lives of my students. Every time a program director speaks in rich and glowing terms about the life and work of my graduates and asks me whether I can send them more, I know that by God's grace I have taught well.


I was born in England but spent my early childhood in Australia. Since arriving in Saskatchewan in 2006, my family and I have come to appreciate the open skies and friendliness of the people. I enjoy the opportunity to train students who will go on to impact the world through English language teaching.


PhD in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK, 2010
MEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Manchester, UK, 1995
BA (Honours) English and German, University of Liverpool, UK, 1989


Employability Skills in TESOL
Support of International Students in Higher Education


Book chapters

  • Catterick, D. (2007) "Do the philosophical foundations of online learning disadvantage non-Western students?" in Edmundsen, A.L. (2007) Globalized e-Learning Cultural Challenges. Idea-Group Press
  • Catterick, D. (2006) "Supporting non-native English-speaking students in an online postgraduate degree" in Seth Preston, D & Hoang Nguyen, T (Eds.) (2004) Virtuality and Education: A Reader. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Amsterdam: Rodopi
  • Catterick, D. (2006) "Linguistic Authenticity and the Teaching of Regional Englishes" in Ernesta Raciene et al. (2006) Language in Different Contexts: Research Papers Volume 1, Vilnius Pedagogical University Press

Papers in Conference selections

  • Catterick, D. (2007) "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. New York: Peter Lang
  • Catterick, D. (2004) "Learning Our Language: helping learners decipher Dundonian" SATEFL Newsletter, 23,3

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Catterick, D. (2021) “Catalytic teaching and ideologized content”. International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching, Vol. 8
  • Catterick, D. (2020) “Kingdom Culture as a Plumb Line in Cross-cultural Engagement”. International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching, Vol. 7
  • Catterick, D. (2019) “Trends in TESOL Training”. TESOL Theory and Praxis, Vol. 4
  • Catterick, D. (2010) "Review: English Language Teaching in Action" TESL Canada Journal, 27,2
  • Catterick, D. (2005) "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
  • Catterick, D. (2005) "Book Review: Language Learning in Distance Education" English for Specific Purposes, 24