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Language Center

Since English will be the language used in teaching and learning on the International Campus, the Language Center is dedicated to providing a supportive language learning environment and enhancing students' English proficiency, especially communicative competence in academic settings. Through a variety of classes and activities, the Language Center also aims at developing students with creativity, intercultural awareness, critical thinking abilities, and life-long learning abilities.


English Instructor

Richard David Johnson

Mr. Johnson, Canadian, got his M.A. TESOL Degree from University of Birmingham. He is also the holder of CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). Mr. Johnson has 10-year experience in teaching ESL. He has taught English in universities in Korea and Thailand and is held in high regard by both students and colleagues. He is well organized and delivers well-balanced, pedagogically-sound lessons. Also, he creates a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere and displays a genuine interest in the success of his students.


Paul C Madden

Mr. Madden, American, got his M.A. TESOL Degree from New York University. He has 13 years teaching experience. He worked at Kaplan, University ofMiami and University of Wisconsinin the US and Tsinghua University in China, andwon high evaluation from the students. Mr. Madden is a passionate teacher. He is dedicated to making learning interesting and training students to be independent and collaborative learners. He has a strong background in sociology and is doing research on social structure and L2 motivation among Chinese University students.


Lynken Ghose

Mr. Ghose, American, got his Ph.D. from McGill University and Master's Degree from University of Pennsylvania. He has taughtEnglish writing, reading, speaking, literature and culture courses for more than 20 years. He worked in universities in the US and Canada as an assistant professor. He also has extensive teaching experience in universities and schools in Thailand and China. Mr. Ghose focuses on training students' academic skills and has a deep commitment to student success.


English Lecturer

Marilyn Holguin

Dr. Marilyn Holguin is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her BA with honors at Lafayette College (Easton, PA) in 2005 and her PhD in English Literature at the University of Illinois in 2015. She specializes in British literature from the long eighteenth-century (1660-1800) with a focus on Restoration tragedies and early novels.


Aaron LaDuke

Dr. Aaron LaDuke is a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was previously a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Literature at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. LaDuke received his BA from Northwestern University and earned a PhD in American literature from Ohio University. He has been teaching writing and literature courses for the past 17 years. His research interests include the literature, history, and culture of the Great Plains region of the U.S. and also writing studies in the areas of developmental pedagogy and instructional technology.