Mark W. Tanner

Assistant Professor, TESOL Minor Coordinator , Linguistics

4063 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I strive to be a teacher who encourages and embodies inspiring teaching and learning and to help students discover the unique and latent talents, skills, and potential that lies within them. My goal is to help students be excellent teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). I strive to model qualities of an effective teacher as I showcase the attitudes, characteristics, and qualities they need to discover in themselves to teach in a way that embodies the aims of a BYU education.


I research several areas within the field of Applied Linguistics. These areas include features that help and hinder the intelligibility and comprehensibility of non-native English speakers. I also empirically evaluate pronunciation teaching and learning techniques as a means of identifying those pedagogical practices that can best help learners improve their fluency and accuracy in speech production. Finally, I am involved in research in the training of ESL/EFL teachers, employment in TESOL, and second language acquisition.


I am the area coordinator for the TESOL minor/certificate program. I am a member of the TESOL graduate program’s curriculum committee, advisement team, and admissions committee. I am a reviewer for a few journals and an abstract reader for the international TESOL convention. I am an academic advisor to undergraduate and graduate TESOL students and have served as chair or committee member for over 100 master’s theses and projects and mentor for several ORCA and Hum Grant projects.

Citizenship assignments

Administrative Duties:

  •  Area Coordinator – TESOL Undergraduate Minor (2010 – 2013; 2014 – Present)
  •  Advisor – TESOL Minor Program (2010 – Present)
  •  Coordinator – Community OutReach English Program (CORE) – (2004 – 2019)
  •  Department Liason to Harold B. Lee Library for TESOL and Applied Linguistics Materials (1996 – Present)

Committee Memberships:

  •  TESOL Curriculum Committee (2007 – present)
  • MA TESOL Admissions Committee (2007 – present)
  •  New Faculty Hiring Committees (2018-2019 (Chair); 2017-2018; 2015-2016; 2014-2015)
  •  Curriculum Committee – LING 601/602/603 (2016-2017)
  •  MA TESOL Program Accreditation Committee (Chair) – (2006-2007)
  • TESOL Graduate Certificate and MA TESOL Admissions Committees (Chair) – (2003-2007)
  •  Graduate student Fellowship Committee (2003-2007)
  • Teacher Education Subcommittee – Distance Learning Program (1993-1995)



  •  President, Past-President – Deseret Language and Linguistic Society (DLLS) – (2004 – 2006)
  •  Program Chair – Deseret Language and Linguistic Society (DLLS) – (2003 – 2004)
  • Board Member – Deseret Language and Linguistic Society (DLLS) – (1998 – 2006)
  • Missionary Training Center (MTC) Advisory Committee – Member – (2000 – 2007)


  • TESOL Program Reviewer (2013-2014) – Brigham Young University – Hawaii.
  •  Chair-elect, Chair and Past-Chair of the Teacher Education Interest Section (TEIS) – International TESOL organization. Dates of service (2002-2006)
  • Interest Section Representative for the Teacher Education Interest Section (TEIS) – International TESOL organization. Dates of service (1999-2002).
  • Editor – Educational Linguistics Newsletter, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (1985-1986)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Second Language Pronunciation