Mr. Jess Burden comes from San Francisco, California. He has nearly 20 years of experience in teaching English as a Second Language, academic English and composition courses in the USA and overseas, including more than three years of experience managing academic English programmes at international universities in Vietnam and Kazakhstan. He is currently completing a Virtual English Language Fellowship with the USA Department of State, in which he remotely teaches upper division philology students at South Kazakhstan University in Shymkent, conducts workshops for Philology Department faculty, and provides weekly English lessons for athletes and coaches of the Kazakhstani Olympic team preparing to compete in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Burden specializes in curricular development, with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition courses. He also has extensive experience teaching business English, including a one-year stint teaching at government ministries and major media companies in Prague, the Czech Republic. He is particularly keen on returning to Central Asia at a time when the Belt and Road Initiative has made this region as vital to global trade as it was during the days of the Silk Road. His over-arching goal is to help students seize the opportunities by facilitating in-depth analysis of current economic, social, environmental and technological trends.
Mr. Burden comes to British Management University in Tashkent with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from San Francisco State University.