Alan Cameron was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Inspired by a student exchange to Québec as a young man, he began his studies of languages, linguistics and literatures at the University of Calgary and completed his first degree in French, Russian and Latin. Alan received his postgraduate degrees in French and Slavonic Studies at UBC. His Ph.D. dissertation was a comparative analysis of Russian and English Romanticism, focusing on the influence of Lord Byron on Mikhail Lermontov’s Hero of Our Time. After graduating, Alan taught English as a second language in Vancouver and then moved to Cranbrook for a year where he taught English literature, as well as French and Russian language. In 1975 he joined the faculty at Fraser Valley College and has been teaching French and Russian there ever since. Teaching the language and literature of two major linguistic groups has provided a unique perspective.
An enthusiastic proponent of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Alan has adapted his first-year communicative Russian language textbook Russian for the Twenty-First Century for study via computer, especially using the Can8 system, and hopes to develop a fully online version in the future. He published an article on using Can-8 for language teaching in the American Language Review. He presented a paper on Bulgakov and Dostoyevsky at the UFV symposium in 2003 and another paper on Tolstoy for the Centenary symposium on Tolstoy and the Peace movement. Alan presented a paper on using computers for oral language evaluation at the 2007 Congress of the AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education)HHis latest projects include a French applied linguistics textbook entitled Carpe Linguam: Introduction à la linguistique française appliquée and a new first-year French language text Bonjour, le Canada! which is due to be published by Pearson in 2014.
Alan is active in community and university matters. He has been the president of a local hockey club for whom he used to play goal. Retired from ice hockey now, he still plays hockey with his children in front of the garage. He has lead several student exchanges with Québec and taken various groups of students to France on study tours. Alan and Melissa his wife since 1996 live in Abbotsford with their children, twin girls Isabella and Aleksandra and son Mackenzie, step siblings to his grown up kids Victor and Crystal. Alan loves to ski, play golf, power-walk, listen to music and read. He continues to enjoy watching Jeopardy!, movies and Monty Python and playing Rockband with Melissa and the kids.