Donna M. Brinton

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Donna M. Brinton is an American applied linguist, emerita at the University of Southern California and educational consultant.

Teacher training[edit]

Brinton was professor of TESOL at Soka University of America and a lecturer in applied linguistics and associate director of the Center for World Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she worked for 27 years.[1] She later worked as senior lecturer in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC) designing an teaching online classes in the MAT-TESOL program. In addition to teaching numerous applied linguistics and TESOL classes, Brinton is a prolific author. She has made a name of herself as a CLIL expert and is perhaps best known to the wider applied linguistics community as a long-term editor of The CATESOL Journal, a publication of the California Teachers of Speakers to Other Languages organization.[2] To undergraduates she is most widely known for her textbooks, the 2013 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed., with others) and the 2010 The Linguistic Structure of Modern English[3] which she co-authored with her sister, historical linguist Laurel J. Brinton.

Several of her works[4][5] highlight an approach to language teaching known as content-based instruction (CBI), in which the new language is the medium of instruction, so that the language and content are taught at the same time, much as one learned in a first language. This takes advantage of the connectedness of the form and function of language.[6]

Women in linguistics[edit]

The Brinton sisters represent the first generation of female linguists that came to the fore in significant numbers, having been academically socialized in the 1970s. While singular women were working in the field earlier to the 1970s, the Brinton sisters' generation was really the first to tip the balance more favourably for the women. The gender imbalance remains to a degree a problem in the field to this day, which is addressed by such groups as the Linguistic Society of America's Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics.[7]

International engagements[edit]

As a TESOL teacher educator, Brinton has worked across the globe, often as a U.S. Department of State English language specialist,[8][9] assigned to such locations as the Philippines,[10][11] China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Korea,[12] Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Senegal, Mali, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,[13] Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, and Curaçao.[14]

Selected works[edit]

  • D Brinton, MA Snow, MB Wesche. 2003. Content-based second language instruction. University of Michigan Press.
  • Brinton, Laurel J. and Donna M. Brinton. 2010. The Linguistic Structure of Modern English. 3rd ed. John Benjamins Publ. Co.
  • Celce-Murcia, Marianne, Donna M. Brinton, Marguerite Ann Snow and David Bohlke. 2013. Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, 4th ed. Heinle Cengage.
  • DM Brinton, O Kagan, S Bauckus. 2017. Heritage language education: A new field emerging. Routledge.


  1. ^ Innhwa Park, 2009. "A Field of Exciting and Diversified Opportunities: An Interview with Donna Brinton," UCLA Issues in Applied Linguistic 17(1)
  2. ^ CATESOL Editorial Staff page
  3. ^ "The Linguistic Structure of Modern English". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Brinton, Donna M., Marguerite A. Snow, and Marjorie Wesche. Content-Based Second Language Instruction. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press
  5. ^ Zuengler, Jane, and Donna M. Brinton. "Linguistic Form, Pragmatic Function: Relevant Research from Content-Based Instruction." The Content-Based Classroom: Perspectives on Integrating Language and Content. Ed. M. A. Snow and D. M. Brinton. White Plains, NY: Longman, 1997
  6. ^ Daryl M. Rodgers “Making the Case for Content-Based Instruction” Italica, Vol. 91, No. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 16-28
  7. ^ "LSA Committee". Retrieved Feb 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Global Neighbors," EFLIS Newsletter, March 2018,
  9. ^
  10. ^ Jess Malabanan, Feb. 18, 2018. "Bataan English teachers to benefit from US Embassy professional development workshop" iOrbit News Online
  11. ^ Patricia Bianca S. Taculau, "Filipino Teachers undergo Language Seminar.” Manila Times March 8, 2018
  12. ^ "Across the Borders: Content-Based Instruction in the EFL Contexts," The Korea Association of Teachers of English July 2009,
  13. ^ Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Volume 26, January 2006, pp. 261-281
  14. ^ "LinkedIn Public Profile". Retrieved February 19, 2018.