Two visiting lecturers from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and one from Tokyo University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies were invited to teach and deliver lectures at the UST Graduate School as part of its internationalization efforts.

Dr. Aiden Yeh taught Sociolinguistics from July 17 to 22, 2017 and delivered a lecture on Taiwan’s Urban Linguistic Landscape: Interpreting New Immigrants’ Socio-symbolic Significance on July 19, while Dr. Mark Lai taught the course International Relations from August 23-26.

Yeh is an Assistant Professor at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. She supervises MA students doing research on sociolinguistics, teacher professional development, ELT pedagogy, and discourse analysis. She is also the Director of Academic Cooperation and Exchange Section of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Cooperation (OICC) of Wenzao. She received her PhD from University of Birmingham, UK and MSc from the University of Surrey, UK. Her current research interests are in world Englishes, linguistic landscape, student mobility, internship, academic partnerships, and pedagogical issues in HE.

Lai is likewise from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages. His fields of expertise include International Relations, International Political Economy, Foreign Policy, Chinese Politics. He earned Ph.D. in Political Science from State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Ariane M. Borlongan from Tokyo University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies delivered a lecture entitled Asian Englishes: A Grammatical History on September 2, 2017. Borlongan is an alumnus of De La Salle University where he completed his doctorate at age 23. His dissertation entitled ‘A Grammar of the Verb in Philippine English’ was supervised by Professor Emerita Ma. Lourdes Bautista and was recognized as Most Outstanding Dissertation by De La Salle University. He is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). His teaching and research have focused on sociolinguistics, world Englishes, English linguistics, and historical linguistics.