John Jordan earned a Master of Arts Degree in English from Colorado State University with a concentration in TESL/Linguistics. Earlier he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in German, also from CSU. He also completed significant graduate coursework in Educational Technology at the University of Northern Colorado, specializing in Instructional Design and Distance Education.
John has been teaching English for over 25 years: from basic reading through advanced composition, in situations ranging from international students through online instruction. Most recently he served as Learning Resource Coordinator for INTO Colorado State University, where he taught ESL and supervised user-end technology for students and faculty. This included serving as the Blackboard Department Coordinator, managing online course offerings and training faculty in its use.
John has taught students from over 70 countries of the world. His particular area of expertise is writing, having taught English composition classes from developmental English through research writing, as well as literature classes. More recently he has worked with graduate students, preparing them for graduate research and writing. He also served as the Writing Center Coordinator at both Colorado State University and Aims Community College, where he also supervised the Business Lab.
John has presented many times at the regional CoTESOL Conference, International TESOL Conference, and the AECT (Technology in Education) Conference. Indeed, at last fall’s 2013 CoTESOL Conference John was awarded the Best of CoTESOL award for his presentation on alternative icebreakers and introductions.
John has long had a reputation as a dynamic classroom instructor—innovative, involved, conscientious and caring, with an exceptional facility with technology in the classroom. For the past eight years John has taught hundreds of Arab students, most of them hailing from the Gulf countries. Indeed, Colorado State University experienced a “Saudi tsunami” starting in 2006. He is happy to reverse the tide by moving to Riyadh. John delighted to continue his teaching career at Alfaisal University.