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Feng-Ling Margaret Johnson, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Senior Dean, Academic Administration
Professor of ESL Education & Linguistics

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Nazareth Hall 3144



Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
M.A. in Linguistics with specialization in TESL/TEFL, Ohio University, Athens;
B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University, Taipei;
Certificate of Advanced Study in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE), University of Illinois.

Specialty Areas

  • ESL Education, Sociolinguistics
  • Theories of Language Acquisition
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Professional Accomplishments


Excellence in Service Award, Rotary International District 5960, 2009 and 2010

Educator of the Year Award, Rotary Club of St. Paul, Minn., 1999

TESOL Leadership Mentoring Program Award, TESOL International, 1999


"Naming practices across cultures: Identity and ideologies in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms." In M. Alagic, G. Rimmington, F. Liudk Gibson (Eds) Locating Intercultures: Educating for Global Collaboration. Macmillan, 2010.

Review of "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir" TESOL Journal, vol. 1 no. 2, June 2010, pp. 284-285. (co-authored with Emily Seppala, a 2010 ESL education graduate).

"The Language of Meetings" Essential Teacher, vol. 5, June 2008, TESOL International. (co-authored with Jessica Peterson, a 2007 ESL education graduate).

"Using children's multicultural literature in the culturally and linguistically diverse classroom" published in Minnesota/Wisconsin TESOL Journal, vol. 21, summer 2004.

"A Semantic Network Approach in CALL For Second Language Vocabulary Learning" CAELL (Computer Assisted English Language Learning) Journal, winter, 1996.

Conference Presentations

"Naming, Identity and language Learning" and "incorporating Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Teaching" Two sessions presented at CELT Conference: Exploring the Vocation of English Language Teaching and Scholarship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, January 27-29, 2012.

"Stories of Our Names and Why They Matter to Educators" presented at MN State ESL, Bilingual and Migrant Education Conference, St. Paul, MN, April 14-15, 2011.

"Stories of Our Names and Why They Matter to Educators" presented at MinneTESOL Fall Conference, Minneapolis, Nov. 5-6, 2010.

"Multiple Intelligences Theory," "Sticky Ideas," and "Professional Learning Communities" Three seminars presented at CCC (Center for Christian Communication), Quito, Ecuador, June 2010.

"The Multi-Cultural Classroom: How do you make your classroom more culturally inclusive?" a panelist for this session at the University of Northwestern Faculty Workshops, August 19-20, 2009.

"The WOW Way of Promoting ELLs' Development of Academic Vocabulary" presented at the ESL, Bilingual and Migrant Education Conference, sponsored by MN Department of Education, St. Paul, April 30-May 1, 2009.

"NS students' perceptions of their NNS teachers' language errors and use of communication strategies" presented at the 15th World Congress on Applied Linguistics, Essen, Germany, August 24–29, 2008.

"Content reading and English language learners: barriers & strategies" presented at the International Reading Association World Congress on Reading, Budapest, Hungary, August 7–11, 2006.

"Content reading and English language learners: barriers & strategies" presented at the 32nd Plains International Reading Association Regional Conference. Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 9–12, 2005.

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