Prof. Min “Mark” Ma, M.Litt.

Professor of TESOL & Linguistics
International Education Specialist
International Experience: China, England, Canada & USA 

Departmental Faculty, Department of Diaspora Studies



  • Master of Letters in International Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, UK
  • Master of Education in Curriculum Design & Instruction, St Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Diploma, Linguistic Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • Bachelor of Education, Lanzhou Petro-Chemical College, Langzhou, Gansu, China

Dissertation at University of Oxford

  • An Army on a One-Log Bridge: A Study of Social and Cultural Contexts of English Learning in China

Project at St. Mary’s University

  • Athabasca Glacier: A Content-Based ESL Curriculum Design

Academic Experiences

  • Strategic Language Chinese Curriculum Designer/Teacher, Campbell County School District, Gillette, Wyoming
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Monterey, California
  • Professor of TESOL and PACE Program Manager, Prairie Graduate School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Chinese Instructor, University of Oxford, Oxford, England
  • English Teacher, Lanzhou Chemical Industry Corporation, Lanzhou, Ganzu, China

Teaching Specializations

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Applied Linguistics:  Language acquisition theories, language teaching methodology, materials development
  • Intercultural Education: cultural and social aspects of education, developing international programs
  • International Media: news reporting and educational programming
  • International Development: educational development; education and literacy

Professional Experiences

  • Producer & Presenter, BBC World Service, London, England
  • International Program Officer, SINOPEC International, Beijing, China
  • Board of Directors, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Canada

Accomplishments & Awards

  • Defense Language Institute “Excellence in Teaching Award” 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Defense Language Institute Top 5% in student evaluations for teaching in 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Oxford Research Scholarship in 1996
  • Queen’s Minority Scholarship in 1994
  • Wycliffe Scholarship, Canada in 1993
  • Bell Scholarship, Cambridge in 1990


  • Chinese (Mandarin and Sichuan): native proficiency
  • English (British, American and Canadian): fluent