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Yiqiang Wu


Scholarly Interests:

Restructuring learning process and sequence of L2 curriculum with focus on efficiency and effectiveness; application of American Corpus study to facilitate L2 learning by prioritizing acquisition of most frequently used words and related phrases, usages, and collocations.

Courses Taught:

  • ESLM 525 Second Language Acquisition;
  • ESLM 545: English Structure & Proficiency Assessment;
  • ESLM 577 Sociolinguistics & Cultural Foundations of L2 Education;
  • ESLM 578: Theory & Practice in ESL;
  • ESLM 587: Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment for L2 Education;
  • ESLM 588 Internship;
  • ESLM 687 Faculty/Students Research;
  • ESLM 697 Independent Study;
  • ESLM 688: Student Teaching


Principal Investigator (PI), Success for English Language Learners, a National Professional Development (NPD) Grant with $2.64 million (2016) and Creating a Team of Highly Qualified Professionals, an NPD Grant with $2 million (2011) both funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grants set up cohort ESL/Bilingual certification programs in the following school districts: Flemington, North Hunterdon, Hamilton, Piscataway, Edison, South Brunswick, and Jamesburg (2011-16), North Plainfield, Trenton, Franklin, North Brunswick, Hamilton, South Hunterdon, Long Branch and Dover (2016-21); PI, Education for Language Minority Students Grant (2002-05) funded by NJ DOE. Recipient, Certification of Excellence Award in Teacher Education by NJ Department of Education (2012); Council Member, Council for Education of Language Minority Students (CELMS), NJ Department of Education (2000-03); Chair, Bilingual Section, TESOL International Association (1999); Established and/or coordinated M.Ed. in TESL and/or ESL certification programs in Mallorca, Spain (1996-present), Haifa, Israel (1998-2001), in Bangkok, Thailand (1999-2002, 2016-present), in Kuwait (2002-04), in Piscataway SD, NJ (2007-09), in Beijing, China (2009-12), in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2014-15), North Plainfield SD (2020-), South River SD and Trenton SD (2021-), Long Branch (2022-); Recipient, Foreign Expert Grant awarded by Dalian Cultural University, China (2015, 2017, and 2018); Guest professor, Hunan Normal University (2004-present) and Hunan International Economic University (2017-present); Invited speaker at 12 Chinese Universities; Featured Interview at English Reading Aloud Show by Hunan Movie Channel, China (2019).



Wu, Y. (Contracted). Learn to Talk Like American Teenagers: Culture and Communication in U.S. Secondary Schools (G7-12), Shengzhi Publishing Company.

Wu, Y. & Ren, T. (2018). Essentials of American English and Culture, Hunan Normal University Press.

Wu. Y. (2018). New Regulations in Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs in the U.S. Advances in Education, 8(3), 339-350.

Wu. Y. (2018). New Regulations for ESL Teacher Certification. Advances in Education, 8(2),1-10.

Wu, Y.  & Liu, H. (2017). English Communication Breakthrough on American University Campus, Hunan Normal University Press.

Wu, Y.  (2016). Usage Examples of the Most Commonly Used American English Words, Xiamen University Press.

Wu. Y., Liaw, M. & Pan, A. C. (2001). Teaching English to Chinese Students Effectively. CA: Pacific Asian Press.

Sheng, Z., Yang, C., & Wu, Y. (2000). English Oral Skills Breakthrough Central-South University of Technology Press.

Sheng, Z., Wu, Y., & Yang, J. M. (1999). English Note Readings Series for Knowledge Gallery: Modern Computer. Central-South University of Technology Press.

Sheng, Z., Li, B., & Wu, Y. (1998). Practical English Skills for Negotiation and Debate. Central-South University of Technology Press.

Conference presentations: TESOL International Convention, National Association of Bilingual Education,  NJTESOL-BE, Asian TEFL International Conference, National Association of Asian and Pacific American Educators Conference, International Conference on English Language Teaching in China.

Degrees: Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on TESL/Bilingual Education, M.A.; English and Linguistics, Texas A&M University; B. A. English, Hunan Normal University, China