AZUSA, Calif.— Pasadena resident Mary Wong, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL at Azusa Pacific University, received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the fall 2012 semester.

Wong’s Fulbright scholar award allows her to conduct research on the collaboration between local and native English teachers in Hong Kong for four months beginning in September.

Working with Dr. Icy Lee of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and with Andy Gao of the University of Hong Kong (UHK), Wong will visit primary and secondary English language classrooms where she will conduct observations, interviews, and analyze data to identify what fosters and inhibits partnerships between the two groups. The findings will impact language classrooms and teacher education in Hong Kong and around the world.

“My Fulbright scholarship allows me to work with Christian colleges at two of the leading universities in Hong Kong,” said Wong. “Conducting international research as a Fulbright scholar represents a lifelong goal of mine, and something I take seriously, value highly, and will use to make a difference.”

Along with Michael Smith, MFA, Ed.D., an APU associate professor in the Department of Theater, Film, and Television, Wong is 1 of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught, or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States–with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Wong holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She is director of APU’s field-based and online graduate programs in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at APU. She has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for over two decades and trained graduate teachers for over 10 years, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Rachel White
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