Thomas Axtell
c/o ELS Language Center
Box 57967
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 11584 home






English as a Second Language, Teacher Training; Curriculum Development; Communications; Distance Education; Organizational Development; Project Management; Human Resource Planning; Broadcasting; Children's Television and the Internet.

January 2000 to present
ESL Instructor,
ELS Language Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Teaching all levels to adults whose first language is Arabic.

English Department Supervisor,
Al Ghad, private primary school, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Supervising and providing professional development training to elementary school teachers in ESL. Held workshops in Computer Assisted Language Learning and My First Web Page. Conducted a formative evaluation of the training program.

September - December 1999

ESL Instructor
Centre Lingusita, Montreal, Québec

Taught beginners and intermediate adults in the workplace and in Centre Linguista classsrooms.


March-June, 1999

ESL Teacher
Anglophonie, Thetford Mines, Québec

Taught beginners.

ESL Teacher
Belarus State University (online pilot project), Belarus

Developed and taught online writing program for intermediate and advanced students. Students received daily feedback on their work and carried on a dialogue with their online instructor.

Practice Teaching
Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Québec

Oct. - Dec. 1998

Practice Teaching
Séminaire de Sherbrooke, Québec

1993 - 1999
Director and Owner
Axtell Communications & Training, Private Practice, Garthby, Quebec

Consulting services in communications, education, vocational training and human resource development. Worked for Movement for Canadian Literacy and Unaaq Inc. in Ottawa. Clients in Québec included Universalia, Taqramiut Nipingat Inc., Aboriginal Business Canada and Maison Waseskun House. Completed training cost-effectiveness study for the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee. Produced TV series on Aboriginal Exporters. Produced the Story of Nunavut a multi-media kiosk presentation. Planned for Internet infrastructure development in Nunavik (Qc.). Developed the Waseskun Community Network, an electronic training and support Intranet for Aboriginal caregivers. Concept, research and proposal to create the Aboriginal Writing Network.

1990 - 93
Training Director,
Atii Training Inc., Ottawa, Ontario

Coordination and development of Inuit management training programs for 400 participants. Initiated and managed a national pilot project to demonstrate interactive televised instruction.

Training Coordinator,
Wawatay Native Communications Society, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Developed and delivered training programs in journalism, radio, television and newspaper production, community radio and management to a staff of over 50. Coordinated five-year plan, new James Bay TV and Radio service, and Cree Children's TV series. Taught English as a second language.


Training Consultant,
Private practice, various clients.

Wrote a two-year training curriculum for Inuvialuit Communications Society (Inuvik, NWT). Evaluated the Northern Native Broadcast Access Program for the Secretary of State, Evaluated Wawatay television training program.


1983 -1985

Instructor, Training Director and General Manager,
OkalaKatiget Society, Nain, Labrador

Managed the start-up of an organization providing radio, television, newspaper and trail radio services to Northern Labrador Inuit. Hired and developed skills of staff of 18. Constructed and Installed studio facilities. Taught journalism in English as a second language.


1980 - 1982

Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, Baker Lake, N.W.T.

Trained Inukshuk Project staff at the Keewatin TV Production Center. Fostered the development of an innovative regional program formats. Advisor to project Director. This pioneering project led to the creation of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation.



Labrador Inuit Association, Nain, Labrador

Conducted field study on Inuit communications needs for the establishment of a regional communications organization.



Online Guide Training, Certificate, Connected University (Pepperdine) California. 1999.
Masters of Arts - School of Education, Bishop's University, Lennoxville. May, 1999.
Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate - Bishop's University, Lennoxville. May, 1999.
French Immersion - McGill University, Montreal, 1978.
Bachelor of Arts - Communications & Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, 1976.
Center for Social Action and Change - Antioch College, Baltimore, 1973.
Matriculation - Thetford Mines High School, Quebec, 1972

Software: PageMaker, HTML, Word, Excel, PageMill®, Illustrator Photoshop and Grammar 3D.

References available upon request.