The International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC&ELT, ISSN 2334-1866, online) is the journal of the Christian English Language Educators Association (CELEA) and is supported by the department of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Biola University. The IJC&ELT aims:

  • To publish articles and reviews related to English Language Teaching (ELT) using a Christian perspective

  • To stimulate the integration of the Christian faith and learning in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • To encourage and thus promote critical reflection, discussion, engaging theory, excellent research, and inspirational practice in applied linguistics and TESOL

  • To provide an international approach to English language teaching and research

  • To offer an open access forum that shares knowledge and applies high academic standards, including double blind peer review

As an international publication, the IJC&ELT recognizes that there are diverse Christian traditions and perspectives throughout the world and therefore welcomes articles and reviews that deal with and address different Christian traditions and their connections to English language teaching. The main readership, however, is CELEA members, who themselves come from and bring a range of Christian perspectives to their work in ELT.

The following group of volunteers has agreed to oversee the launch of the journal. Manuscripts submitted for consideration of publication will be reviewed by the editors and only those which are approved following reviews from members of the Editorial Review Board and/or other specialists in the field will be accepted for publication.

The IJC&ELT was created by founding editors Michael Lessard-Clouston (Biola University) and Xuesong Andy Gao (University of Hong Kong), and published its first Volume in 2014. Dr. Gao co-edited Volumes 1-3 (through 2016), while Dr. Lessard-Clouston co-edited Volumes 1-4 (through 2017). Dr. Michael Pasquale replaced Dr. Gao in 2016, and Dr. Bradley Baurain replaced Dr. Lessard-Clouston in 2017.

International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching Editorial Board


  • Bradley Baurain, Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School, U.S.A.
  • Michael D. Pasquale, Cornerstone University, U.S.A.

Editorial Review Board

  • William R. Acton, Trinity Western University, Canada
  • Charles M. Browne, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
  • A. Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
  • Jan Edwards Dormer, Messiah College, U.S.A.
  • Zoltán Dörnyei, University of Nottingham, U.K.
  • Dana R. Ferris, University of California, Davis, U.S.A.
  • Xuesong (Andy) Gao, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Icy Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Michael Lessard-Clouston, Biola University, U.S.A.
  • Marilyn Lewis, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • June Yichun Liu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • R. Michael Medley, Eastern Mennonite University, U.S.A.
  • Herbert C. Purnell, Biola University, U.S.A.
  • David I. Smith, Calvin College, U.S.A.
  • Don B. Snow, Duke Kunshan University, China
  • Frank Tuzi, Liberty University, U.S.A.
  • Mary Shepard Wong, Azusa Pacific University, U.S.A.
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