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English Festival 2018
Revisiting ELT Practices in Multicultural Contexts
Center for Independent Language Learning
English Festival 2018

English Festival is the undisputed highlight of the English Enhancement Program started at Shantou University in 2002. EF, student-run and student-oriented, combines a multitude of activities and provides a range of opportunities for students to participate. English Festival 2018 will take place December 7th to 9th. It will include 3 major contests: Debate Competition, Speech Contest and Singing Contest. Please find the application information below and join us!

Revisiting ELT Practices in Multicultural Contexts

The conference theme is Revisiting ELT Practices in Multicultural Contexts: Evidence-Based Practices. The conference strives to promote the idea that as ELT practices are situated in multicultural settings, English teachers and teacher educators will need to re-appropriate or revisit their ELT practices at curricular, pedagogical, and assessment levels. This is because learners with different sociocultural and linguistic backgrounds have a different motivation to learn English as a foreign language (EFL), English as an additional language (EAL), English as an international language (EIL), or English as a lingua franca (ELF)…

Center for Independent Language Learning

CILL is a conjunction of language-learning resources matched to the student’s level of English competence. Self-study materials that take advantage of the interactive and readily updatable capacities of computer- and internet-based formats. Meeting spaces for teachers and students, for consultation, for work on course projects, for club and staff meetings, for seminars and guest speakers.

About the ELC


In the summer of 2002, the National Writing Project at University of California, Berkeley, was commissioned by the Li Ka Shing Foundation to determine the feasibility of establishing English as the medium of instruction at Shantou University, within the stated five-year goal, and to make recommendations regarding the accomplishment of this goal and the strengthening of teaching and learning in the English language. There is much on which to build a high-quality program, and five years is a good timeline for implementing significant change in the English program at Shantou University.


The evaluation team identified four broad themes as focal points for innovation and reform: 1) academic design and instruction, 2) examination structure, 3) organizational capacity and development, and 4) facilities and support structures. In answer to these recommendations, one of the major initiatives on campus was the establishment, in the fall of 2002, of the English Enhancement Program, under the leadership of Vice Chancellor, Julia Hsiao.


Over the past few years, Shantou University has distinguished itself from other universities in China under the auspices of the English Enhancement Program, which gave rise to the English Language Center (ELC), founded in August 2003. While inheriting the faculty from the former English Teaching Unit, the ELC has recruited half of its faculty from abroad, and has taken on the responsibilities of English teaching for the entire campus community (about 7000 students), including English-major students and graduate students, within the newly designed curriculum of the university’s credit-bearing system.





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