James Hunter

James HunterDirector, TESOL Programs

I am an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and teacher-trainer. For the past 20 years, I have worked at Gonzaga University, with leaves of absence in 2000 and 2009 to teach at Mukogawa Women's University (Nishinomiya, Japan) and Abu Dhabi Women's College (Abu Dhabi, UAE). I have also taught at International House, Mataró and the Lake School in Oxford, UK. I am the current director of the MA/TESOL program.

In my free time I play traditional Irish music with Floating Crowbar. I play whistles, flute, uilleann pipes, and bodhran.


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham, Department of English
  • M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Eastern Washington University
  • Royal Society of Arts Certificate, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Godmer House School of English, Oxford, UK
  • B.A. (Honors), Japanese and Korean Studies and Politics, The Universities of Oxford and Sheffield, UK

Languages Studied

  • Japanese 
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
  • Korean
  • Arabic
  • Salish

hunter@gonzaga.edu | Rosauer Center 228 | (509 313-6564