Scholarly Interests: Trouble spots in second language learning; curriculum innovation; problem solving techniques; and language learning and instruction efficiency
Courses Taught: ESLM 525 Second Language Acquisition; ESLM 545: English Structure & Proficiency Assessment; ESLM 578: Theory & Practice in ESL; ESLM 587: Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment for L2 Education; ESLM 688: Student Teaching
Achievements: Principal Investigator, Success for English Language Learners, a National Professional Development Grant with $2.64 millions (2016) and Creating a Team of Highly Qualified Professionals, a National Professional Development Grant with $2 millions (2011), both funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide training in ESL/Bilingual Education to teachers and professionals in school districts in New Jersey; Recipient, Certification of Excellence Award in Teacher Education, NJ Department of Education, 2012;. Coordinator, M.Ed. in TESL programs at the International School of Beijing (2009-2012) and ESL certification programs in Piscataway School District (2007-09); Chair, Bilingual Section, TESOL Intl’ Association (1999).
Wu, Y. (2016). Sample Usages of 3000 Most Frequently 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, PR China.
Sheng, Z., Wu, Y., & Yang, J. M. (1999). English Note Readings Series for Knowledge Gallery: Modern Computer. Central-South University of Technology Press, PR China.
Sheng, Z., Li, B., & Wu, Y. (1998). Practical English Skills for Negotiation and Debate. Central-South University of Technology Press, PR China.
Degrees: Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on TESL/Bilingual Education, M.A., English and Linguistics, Texas A&M, B.A. English, Hunan Normal University, China