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“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.” Confucius, IV.17

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Michael Paul, Ph.D.

TESOL Education Minor Director; Chinese Instructor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures


Michael Paul began teaching TESOL Education and Chinese language at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2008. He earned a BA in Chinese (2000) and a MA in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (2005) from Brigham Young University. He completed a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies, focusing on Chinese Linguistics, at the University in Arizona in 2009. Michael’s interest in Chinese language and culture began while serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Taichung, Taiwan and after getting his tonsils taken out, Queens New York. Since that time he has worked, studied, and traveled widely in Taiwan and China. Michael’s current research interests include Chinese language reading, attrition, and pedagogy. He currently serves as a board member of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS).

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