Cristina Petersen

Faculty/staff profile

Instructor, English Language Development

Cristina Petersen



Centre for Business and Access

Ewing 218

BA, MA Applied Lingustics, TESL Canada Certification

School of Arts and Science

Cristina Petersen has been involved in English language teaching since her first experience teaching abroad in Japan. She holds a TESL certificate, Bachelor and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria. She has taught English to a wide range of ages, levels and nationalities. She was trained in the Reggio Emilia approach in South Korea, which led to her research in Project-based Learning in adult ESL in her Master’s program. She has enjoyed Project-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum development and leading professional development workshops on this topic.  She also trained and worked as a teacher trainer (TEFL) and an academic English language coach, working with undergraduate and graduate students on their language learning objectives and integration of these goals with their new lives in Canada.

Cristina loves learning languages, having studied German, Japanese, Spanish and even a little SENĆOŦEN. She is a passionate and outgoing educator and hopes to pass on her enthusiasm for the profession in unique and creative ways. Cristina enjoys art, writing, horseback riding, skiing and exploring the outdoors with her family and friends. 

Cristina currently works as a Multilingual Support Specialist (MSS) in the School of Arts and Science, where she supports faculty with their multilingual students. In addition, she is a member of Camosun's Antiracism & Decolonization Action Committee (ARDA) and works with colleagues in Nursing and ELD to support the offerings of the Self Care Café-Camosun Edition, promoting employees' and students' well-being by partaking in self-care activities and sharing self-care strategies.

XÁL,EȽ  (SENĆOŦEN) “It’s getting written.”

The future is getting written every day we show up for our students and each other.

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Petersen, C., & Nassaji, H. (2016). Project-Based Learning through the Eyes of Teachers and Students in Adult ESL Classrooms. Canadian Modern Language Review72(1), 13–39.

Petersen, C. (2019). Murray the Dragon. Victoria: Tellwell Talent Inc.