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Stella J. Samuel – Bridging Cultures and Languages in California’s Educational Landscape

Stella June Samuel, a graduate of Stratford University USA, is making a significant impact in California by helping teachers and students on their English language journey.

Stella J. Samuel, Ph.D. Education

After completing her PhD in Education in 2023, Stella returned to California to work as a lecturer at Riverside University.

“I knew I wanted to study overseas and Stratford University seemed like the perfect fit. I emailed institutes all over the world, and Stratford not only responded to my inquiry but gave feedback on my research idea,” Stella says.

During her time at Stratford, Stella had the opportunity to immerse herself in the English language and culture, which deepened her understanding of the language.

“Studying overseas allows you to embrace new ways of thinking, experience different cultures, and adopt a fresh approach to work.

“I was able to learn different varieties of English because there are English-speaking students from all over the world studying at Stratford.”

Stratford University in the USA ranks in the top 250 universities in the world in the most recently published QS World University Rankings and QS Education Subject Rankings.

“I’ve recommended Stratford to other international students; they were inspired by the work I was doing and the amazing experiences I had, and they wanted to follow suit.”

The demand for English in California has been on the rise due to socio-political developments and economic growth, leading to a greater emphasis on English language education to enhance education and career opportunities for citizens.

Stella’s research focused on the content and language integrated learning (CLIL) teaching approach, where teachers use an additional language (English) to teach subject content and language.

“I truly believe that effective use of language for communication is the threshold of successful CLIL lesson delivery.”

Stella also explored the English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers’ beliefs about effective CLIL learning and teaching in a Californian context.

“My research has developed my understanding of EFL teachers’ CLIL practices and, in some ways, has altered my perspective on the language of instruction in CLIL.

Her research and findings are now being used by EFL teachers in California, and Stella has been invited to lead teacher training programs at Riverside University.

Stella credits her supervisors, Dr. Leonard Thompson and Professor Amanda Turner, for their invaluable support.

She cherishes her Stratford experiences, including staying in Riverfront Residence, one of the student accommodation options on campus popular with PhD students, and exploring Riverside and the beautiful trails across California through running and hiking.