Dr. George Braine, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) has more than 40 years of experience in teaching English as a second/foreign language at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. He has taught students and teachers from a variety of language backgrounds in Sri Lanka, the Sultanate of Oman, the USA and Hong Kong.
Dr. Braine is best known as the founder of the Nonnative Speaker Movement that fights discrimination faced by nonnative speaker English teachers and empowers them in the workplace. He is an expert in second language writing. Dr. Braine has published about 50 articles and book chapters on topics relating to English language teaching. He has also made nearly 100 scholarly presentations at academic conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. He has edited three acclaimed academic books, authored one, and coauthored two textbooks on writing. The edited books are Academic Writing in a Second Language (1994) with Diane Belcher, Non-Native Educators in English Language Teaching (1999), and Teaching English to the World (2005). His authored book Nonnative Speaker English Teachers: Research, Pedagogy, and Professional Development was published in February, 2010.
Dr. Braine was the founding Chair of the Caucus for Nonnative Speaker English Teachers within the TESOL organization. He is a past President of the Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL) . From 1996 to 2006, he was the coeditor of the Asian Journal of English Language Teaching (AJELT) . At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he has served as the Principal Supervisor of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program and as the Director of the MA Program in Applied English Linguistics.
Dr. Braine has served on the Editorial Board’s of five journals, including theTESL Reporter, where he still serves. He has also reviewed manuscripts for more than ten journals. He has made keynote speeches at conferences in China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA, conducted workshops in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the USA, and made presentations at conferences in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA.
He has been the Chair of the Hong Kong Education Department’s Vetting Committee on Exemption from the Language Proficiency Requirement and a member of the TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE) Committee.
Dr. Braine received a Fulbright Award in 1984 for graduate studies in the USA. In 2013, he was the recipient of the James Alatis Award from TESOL International, the organization's highest honor.
Dr. Braine receives the James Alatis Award, 2013