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The ELC Mission

The English Language Center at Shantou University is dedicated to teaching excellence and providing a supportive language learning environment, in which students can develop their communicative competence and critical thinking strategies through both curricular and co-curricular activities in a vibrant, creative, and intellectual community.



We help students develop functional skills to prepare them for the challenges of using English in academic courses and professional life.


We help students become independent language learners who are both motivated to build their own English skills and know how to do so.


We help students to develop the habit of using English in their daily lives, so that they will continue to use and build their English skills after graduation.

Intercultural Competence:

We help students learn to interact effectively in English when communicating with people from other cultures.

Critical Thinking:

We help students not only understand what they read and hear in English, but also critically analyze and respond to it; we help students learn not only to express their views in English, but do so clearly and persuasively.