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Trudy O'Brien


Degrees:M.A. (Carleton), CTESL (Carleton), Ph.D. (Concordia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6634
Office:256 Paterson Hall

Retired and not available for graduate supervision.

Research Interests

  • Applied Linguistics / Second and Foreign Language Acquisition: From theories to pedagogy
  • Cross-cultural communication, both generally and for specific purposes
  • Current research:
    1) Cross-cultural collaboration between ESL and native English speakers
    2) Survey of the changing beliefs of two introductory level foreign language students
  • English for Academic and Specific Purposes (all levels).
  • Transitions from Academic to workplace contexts, specifically for ESL engineering students: Doctoral Thesis = The Acceptability of Technical Writing by Second Language Engineering Students: Acculturating to a Profession (2000).
  • Engineering communication and technical writing.
  • Cross-cultural communication, both generally and for specific purposes.
  • Other Languages for Specific Purposes syllabi and curriculum planning.
  • Numerous workshops, presentations and professional consulting on ESP/Thematic syllabus design, and second and foreign language pedagogy.
  • Materials development for ESL / ESP.


Current course information for this faculty member can be found by searching the Carleton Central/Public Schedule by Term and Name.

Courses previously taught

  • ALDS 1001: Introduction to Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies
  • ALDS 1002: (in the former Arts One) Introduction to Applied Language Studies
  • ALDS 2201: Analysis of Oral Language Use
  • ALDS 2203: Linguistic Theory & Second Language Learning
  • ALDS 3803: Methods & Practice in Language Pedagogy
  • ALDS 3903: Topic in Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies: Theories of Cross-cultural Communication
  • ALDS 5905: Special Topics in ALDS
  • ESLA 1300: Introductory level
  • ESLA 1500: Intermediate level
  • ESLA 1900: Advanced level
  • ESLA 1905: Advanced level for Engineering Students

Recent Publications

O’Brien, T. (2019) Bringing cross-cultural communication analysis into foreign language classrooms. In P. Romanowski and E. Bandura (Eds.),  Intercultural Foreign Language Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Contexts (pp. 71-98). Hershey PA: IGI Global.


  • 1988 Scholarly Achievement Award, Carleton University
  • 1990 Scholarly Achievement Award, Carleton University


  • TESL Canada
  • TESL Ottawa/Ontario
  • TESOL International