English Language Institute
Holloway Hall

Meet the Director & Instructors

Director, Sam Song, PhD

Dr. Song has worked in the field of international education development for two decades. He holds a BA in American and British Language and Literature from Anqing Teachers College (China), an MA in TESOL from Fresno Pacific University and a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). He has a decade of experience leading English Language Institutes in China. In addition to his leadership at Salisbury University, Dr. Song serves as president (CEO) of the not-for-profit International Council for Education Development (ICED), an organization whose mission is “to promote international cooperation and advancement in the areas of education, business, government, and social betterment.” At the same time, Dr. Song continues to serve as a visiting professor at several Chinese universities, including Anqing Teachers College (China), Xinhua College of Sun Yat-sen University, Hefei Normal University, and Senior Researcher at Anhui Provincial Center for Improvement of Basic Education via Collaboration and Innovation, where he lectures and conducts research. His academic interests include TESOL, teacher education and strategic leadership. Dr. Song’s professional passion is for international cooperation of education, public affairs, and business management with a high purpose of character development. Dr Song’s research interest focuses on leadership development in educational administration and curriculum development while teaching courses in School of Education and School of Liberal Arts. At SU, Dr. Song is also in charge of Office for Pacific Rim Initiatives.

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Instructor, Susan Cooledge, PhD

Dr. Susan Cooledge holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona.  She has taught all basic levels of French, English writing and reading for ELLs, and TESOL assessment & writing.  Her research interests include L2 reading, writing & vocabulary, intercultural competence, study abroad, and assessment.

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scoopprofInstructor, Sean Cooper

Mr. Sean Cooper graduated with an MA in TESOL from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. Prior to that, he spent four years in Japan teaching EFL at the elementary, junior high, and senior high levels. During that time, he pioneered an innovative English curriculum for elementary school students, the first of its kind in the region. Since returning to the United States, he has participated in a variety of ESL-oriented events, including long-term volunteer teaching to preliterate non-native speakers. Now at Salisbury University, he coordinates the Speaking curriculum of our English Language Institute. He is also involved in increasing international ties between our university and Japan, including teaching the first-ever Japanese language class at Salisbury University. Sean’s research interests include pedagogical phonology for East Asian L2 English speakers, intercultural competence for international students, and community-based language revitalization.

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Chandra Yesiltas Instructor, Chandra Yesiltas

Ms. Chandra Yesiltas earned her M.A. in Applied Linguistics, with an emphasis in teaching English as a second language, from the University of Delaware.  She earned her B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University.  Ms. Yesiltas has 8 years of experience teaching ESL courses such as history, pronunciation, reading, and academic writing at the high school, community college, and English Language Institute level.

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Instructor, Renee Callaghan

Renée Callaghan holds a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in teaching English as a second language from Salisbury University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz with honors in her major of American and English literature and an election to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. For fourteen years, Mrs. Callaghan has taught or tutored students in English or in English as a second language. Her teaching experience includes leading English as a second language classes at community colleges near San Francisco, composition courses at Salisbury University, and public speaking classes at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mrs. Callaghan’s research interests lie in instructional strategies for L2 pronunciation and speech fluency as well as L2 writing assessment.

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Instructor, Caroline Porter-Long

Mrs. Caroline Porter-Long is a native of Salisbury.  She received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Arts in English from Wake Forest University.  She has taught Language Arts at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, Virginia,  English grammar, composition and literature at Wor-Wic Community College, and Honors Critical Thinking and Writing at Salisbury University.  She also worked as a research interviewer for Johns Hopkins University’s Wilmer Eye Institute.  She lives in Salisbury with her husband and three children.

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Instructor, Jean Goblinger

Jean Goblinger obtained a bachelor's degree in English from Notre Dame   College and a master's degree in Communications from the University of Akron. She has been teaching English as a second language for the past two years for the English Language Institute and is also an adjunct instructor for the Communications Department at Salisbury University. She is a bridge instructor for the ELI group, teaching native speakers to talk with confidence.

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Student Advisor, Jessica Emhoff

Ms. Jessica Emhoff attended Saint Francis University and Salisbury University to obtain a dual degree in English/Secondary Education. She has worked closely with the Eastern Shore's international, adult population of learners since 2004, serving as an instructor of English as a Second language for the local Board of Education, as well as Wor -Wic Community College. She has taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Level courses to non-native speakers as well as a Civics and Citizenship course for those who are interested in becoming citizens and an online MSDE accelerated diploma course for those furthering their educational goals. A member of the Bienvenidos group, Jess has formed strong connections with the international members of our community as well as advocate groups for the immigrant population such as Catholic Charities and CASA.

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Program Coordinator, Dr. Grace Howard

Dr. Grace Howard has worked as an educator, theologian, and expert at building multicultural organizations since 1988.  She earned her bachelor degree in Food Science and Engineering at Chonbuk National University, her Master of Divinity from Hanil Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Korea, her Master of Arts (Youth, Family, and Culture) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, CA and her Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Francisco, CA.  She worked for schools and founded and administered a college preparatory school in South Korea.  In 2001, she came to America and since then she has worked with international students and has built multicultural churches in Los Angeles, CA and Princess Anne MD.   She published Missional Leaders for Multicultural Churches in 2010.   Her vision is to increase the ethnic diversity of Salisbury University by recruiting international students and building a cross-cultural community. Currently, Dr. Howard is helping coordinate our program development with our higher education partners in South Korea.

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Instructor, Sandy Johnston

Ms. Sandy Johnston earned her M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric from Salisbury University, with additional graduate credits in TESOL, and a B.A. Communication/Journalism from Shippensburg University. She has taught technical writing and composition at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the past 10 years. She also has taught writing workshops for international students to improve their writing skills.

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