Gillian Saunders

Gillian Saunders
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Specialist

BA (UVic), MA (Queen's), Editing Certificate (SFU)

Office: LIB 135i
Gillian is an English as an Additional Language (EAL) Specialist at the Centre for Academic Communication at the University of Victoria. She has completed a BA (Honours) in English Literature at UVic, an MA in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON), and a Certificate in Editing from Simon Fraser University. She is also a Level Two TESL Canada certified English instructor (VIA, Victoria, BC). Prior to returning to UVic, Gillian taught English in South Korea for six years and traveled extensively in Asia. She is thrilled to be back home on the West Coast and at UVic, doing what she loves best.
  • Business English and Communications (BCOM)
  • Grammar
  • EAL Learning Plan Consultations
  • Pronunciation
  • Presentation Skills
  • Intensive Lab in English for Academic Purposes
  • English Conversation Café (2008-2015)
  • Academic Writing, Creative Writing, English Conversation, Business Communication, Resume
  • Writing, Introduction to English Literature, Intensive Summer and Winter Camps (2008-2013, Busan, South Korea)

Composition theory, socio-cultural factors in second language acquisition, discourse analysis, language evolution, grammar, editing, English for academic purposes, English literature, corpus linguistics, and applied linguistics.


  • BA, English (Honours with Distinction), University of Victoria
  • MA, English Language and Literature, Queen’s University
  • Certificate in Editing, Simon Fraser University
  • 270 hour TESOL diploma, VIA Training Centre
  • TESL Canada certification, Permanent Level Two
  • 150 hour TESOL certification, INTESOL Worldwide
  • Member of and volunteer proof-reader for BCTEAL
  • Member of Victoria International Academy Advisory Committee
  • Presenter at BCTEAL conferences in Victoria and Vancouver in 2015
  • Attended KOTESOL and Cambridge Day conferences in Busan, South Korea, 2009-2013