The English Department Visiting Scholars provide Grand Valley students with the opportunity to actively engage with the voices who are shaping English Language and Literature studies.
Chunyan Zhou, Lecturer in English in the School of Foreign Languages at Chang’an University in China, teaches English (reading and writing) to college students who mostly major in science and engineering. She has a BA in English from Dalian Institute of Foreign Languages in Northeastern China and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Northwest University in Xi’an, China. She comes to us as a visiting scholar for six months supported by her university, and her areas of interest are sociolinguistics and pragmatics. She will attend some of our classes, interact with our faculty and students, and do library-based research in these areas.
Jessica Huang is a lecturer in English in the School of Business at Xi’an International Studies University, where she teaches general linguistics, writing, reading, and translation to business majors. She received both her BA in English and MA in Modern Linguistics from Xi’an International Studies University, which is a Grand Valley partner institution and has been sending students to us since 2011. Her visit at Grand Valley is sponsored by the Chinese government and she will stay here for a year. Her primary goals as a visiting scholar while at Grand Valley will be to study the relationship between linguistic theory and TESOL, as well as factors that affect writing levels and quality. She will attend some of our classes, interact with faculty and students, and do library-based research.