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.
- 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).
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