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Converging & Diverging Paths
English Festival 2018
Center for Independent Language Learning
Converging & Diverging Paths

The theme for the Conference is Converging & Diverging Paths: ELT in a Changing Environment. Economic growth and globalization result in higher demands for ELT at all levels of education. ELT teachers and researchers rise to the challenge by implementing innovative policies and curriculums, developing fresh approaches to assessment, modernizing teacher training, incorporating the latest technological developments and more...

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!

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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