Alwyn Spies, PhD

Associate Professor of Teaching

Languages and World Literatures, World Literatures
Other Titles: Japanese
Office: CCS 173
Phone: 250.807.8126

Research Summary

Critical pedagogy, intercultural communication, memoirs/autobiography

Courses & Teaching

World Literatures


BA English/Pacific and Asian Studies, UVIC, MA & Ph.D. Asian Studies, UBC

Selected Publications & Presentations

“Risk and potential: establishing critical pedagogy in Japanese popular culture courses” book chapter in Teaching Japanese popular culture  (D. Shamoon and C. McMorran, Eds) Ann Arbor, MI : Association for Asian Studies, 2016. Pp. 19-44. Co-authored with Sally McLaren.

“Creating and measuring the effectiveness of a blended learning environment for beginner-level language courses at UBC” in UBC Working Papers in Linguistics 41, 2015, Proceedings of the Okanagan Workshop on Innovation in Language Teaching.  Co-authored with Ramine Adl and Claude Desmarais.


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