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Anna Burnley

Anna Burnley

Associate Professor of Education


Professional Profile

Dr. Burnley is an Associate Professor and ESOL Specialist in the Education Department, Flagler College – Tallahassee. After serving as an adjunct instructor for three years beginning in 2011, she joined the faculty full-time in 2014. Dr. Burnley has provided leadership since 2018 as the Faculty Advisor for the award-winning Flagler College – Tallahassee Local Chapter of the Student Florida Education Association. She previously taught at Valencia Community College, Leon County Schools, Fort Campbell DoDEA High School, and as a graduate teaching assistant at The University of Virginia. Dr. Burnley has served as course architect for multiple asynchronous online and hybrid courses in the Education Department, and in 2021, collaborated through hybrid learning for a transnational course offered at Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany. Her publications can be found at Google Scholar, and she has presented at conferences in the U.S., Canada, England, Germany, and Scotland.

Teaching and Related Service


  • Carson-Newman University, Ed.D.
  • University of Virginia, M.A.
  • Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Certificate
  • Murray State University, B.A.

Area of Expertise:

  • TESOL, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Additional / Second / Plurilanguage Acquisition
  • Teacher Education

Courses Taught at Flagler College – Tallahassee:

  • Cross-Cultural Communications
  • Applied Linguistics for Educators
  • ESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
  • Electronic Portfolio Development (co-teach)

Area of Research:

Dr. Burnley's area of expertise is in studying and disseminating instructional strategies designed to recognize, reduce, and/or eliminate known and unknown bias in pre-service teachers as they enter the teaching profession.  Of particular interest to Dr. Burnley are intentional instructional strategies supporting inclusion of English Learners through the use of globally shared stories, including fairy tales.


More Information


  • The Neglected Vineyard: Language Prestige and Unpreserved History of Early French Immigrants and
    Their Viticulture in Tallahassee, 2021, collaborative class between Flagler campus sites and
    Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany.
  • Welcoming English Learners Through Shared Stories, 2020, Scottish Association for Teaching English
    as an Additional Language Teachmeet Conference, Scotland.
  • Using Folktales and Global Mythology to Promote Classroom Inclusivity, 2020, Sunshine State TESOL
    Annual Conference: 30 Years of the Consent Decree, U.S.
  • Teaching About Language Endangerment to Educators-in-Training During COVID-19, 2020, Teachers of
    English as a Second Language, Newfoundland and Labrador Inaugural Annual Conference:
    Language Learning in a Time of Change, Canada.
  • Using Folktales and Global Mythology to Promote Classroom Inclusivity for English Learners, 2020, Georgia TESOL 39th Annual Conference, U.S.
  • Understanding Desired Language Acquisition as a Pathway to Language Endangerment in the University Education Process of Teachers-in-Training, 2020, Foundation for Endangered Languages 24th Conference, England.
  • Pre-service Teachers and English Learners: The Ethnographic Interview, 2019, 5th Saarbrücken
    Conference on Foreign Language Teaching: The Magic of Language – Productivity in Linguistics
    and Language Teaching, Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • Understanding Pre-service Teachers' Attitudes Toward English Learners, 2019, Flagler College
    Scholarship 20/20 Academic Research Presentations, U.S.