Welcome To Michael Burri's Website
I am a Lecturer in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. My research focuses on how second language (L2) teachers learn to teach English as an additional language (especially pronunciation) and what this means for the development of their cognition (thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and knowledge) and their classroom practices. I am also interested in pronunciation pedagogy in relation to L2 learners’ intelligibility, comprehensibility, and listening comprehension; teacher-based assessment; and context-sensitive pedagogy.
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses/subjects I’m currently teaching include:
- English Pronunciation and Prosody
- Teaching English in International Contexts
- Assessing and Evaluating in TESOL Environments
- Methodology in Second Language Teaching
- Oral Communication and Pedagogy
I have been involved in second language (L2) teaching and L2 teacher education for nearly two decades. In the early 90s I completed a degree in Electromechanical Engineering in Switzerland, but switched to language teaching after obtaining a TESL Certificate in New Zealand (1999). In 2003, having taught in Japan for four years, I moved to Canada and enrolled in the MA TESOL program at Trinity Western University (TWU). While working on my thesis, which focused on the training of non-native English speaking teachers, I had the privilege of being Dr William Acton's research assistant. Those two years were a life-changing experience as they allowed me to specialize in teaching speaking skills - particularly in the area of pronunciation pedagogy.
Upon completion of my MA, I got a teaching/program coordinator position in the International Student Entry Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. I also began working as an adjunct instructor at TWU. In early 2013, I moved to Australia to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Wollongong. After four incredibly enriching years of being a doctoral student, I took up a full-time lecturer position at UOW in early 2017.