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English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Singapore

  • Benny P. H. Lee (a1)


The National Institute of Education in Singapore (which is part of the Nanyang Technological University) is the leading national pre-service and in-service teacher training tertiary institution. It offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The academic departments are called Academic Groups (AGs). The English Language and Literature (ELL) AG has over 70 academic staff with very diverse research interests. The sheer size of the AG results in several clusters of research interests in language teaching methodology and curriculum, language teacher training, language learning, literacy issues, classroom discourse, and sociolinguistic issues of relevance to Singapore and other parts of Asia. In this report, I highlight some of the recent research, completed in the years 2008–2009.



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Cheung, Y. L. (2008). Interpreting Chinese doctoral students' perceptions toward writing in English for a refereed journal. INTESOL Journal 5.1, 2539.
Cheung, Y. L. (2009). Publishing in refereed journals: Perceptions, challenges and strategies. Ph.D. dissertation, Purdue University, Indiana, USA.
Chew, L. C. & Seow, A. (2008). Student reactions to and performance in computer-aided tests over time. Presented at the APERA Conference 2008, National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Chew, P. G. L. (2009). Emergent lingua francas and world orders: The politics and place of English as a world language. New York: Routledge.
Connelly, M. & Clandinin, J. (1990). Stories of experience and narrative inquiry. Educational Researcher 19.4, 213.
Gu, P. Y., Hu, G. W. & Zhang, L. J. (2009). Listening strategies of Singaporean primary school pupils. In Silver et al. (eds.), 55–74.
Guo, L. B. & Hong, H. Q. (2009). Metaphorization in Singaporean student writing: A corpus-based analysis. In Silver et al. (eds.), 112–131.
Halliday, M. A. K. & Hasan, R. (1976). Cohesion in English. London: Longman.
Ho, C. M. L. & Ong, M. H. A. (2009). Towards evaluative meaning-making through enactive role play: The case of pre-tertiary students in Second Life. Journal of Applied Linguistics 4.2, 171194.
Ho, C. M. L., Rappa, N. A. & Chee, Y. S. (2009). Designing and implementing virtual enactive role-play and structured argumentation: Promises and pitfalls. Computer Assisted Language Learning 22.4, 323350.
Hu, G. W. (2008). The misleading academic discourse on Chinese–English bilingual education in China. Review of Educational Research 78, 195231.
Hu, G. W. (2009). Borrowing ideas across borders: Lessons from the academic advocacy of Chinese–English bilingual education in China. In Fegan, J. & Field, M. (eds.), Education across borders: Politics, policy and legislative action. Dordrecht & London: Springer, 115136.
Hu, G. W. & Bai, R. (2008). An investigation into the effectiveness of strategies-based writing instruction in Singapore. Presented at the 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2008) – Multilingualism: Challenges & Opportunities, Essen, Germany.
Hu, G. W. & Lam, S. T. E. (2009). Issues of cultural appropriateness and pedagogical efficacy: Exploring peer review in a second language writing class. Instructional Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11251-008-9086-1. Published online by Springer Netherlands 8 January 2009.
Jamaludin, A., Chee, Y. S. & Ho, C. M. L. (2009). Fostering argumentative knowledge construction through enactive role play in Second Life. Computers and Education 53, 317329.
Kachru, B. B. (1985). Standards, codification and sociolinguistic realism: The English language in the outer circle. In Quirk, R. & Widdowson, H. (eds.), English in the world: Teaching and learning the language and literatures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1136.
Lee, B. P. H. (2009). Reference in children's narrative texts. Presented at the International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT) 2009, Malacca, Malaysia.
Lim, H. L., Chew, L. C. & Seow, A. (2008). An EL teacher's perspective on the teaching and testing of oral skills in a Singapore primary school. Presented at the APERA Conference 2008, National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Lwin, S. M., Goh, C. C. M. & Doyle, P. (2009). Identifying transitions from whole-class teaching to small-group work in primary classrooms. Presented at the 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009, Singapore.
Macknish, C. J. (2009). Evidence of critical reading in Chinese students' group discussions of texts. Ed.D. dissertation, University of Leicester, UK.
Seow, A. & Chew, L. C. (2008). Using multimedia in listening-comprehension tests: Is video superior to audio input in answering higher-order thinking questions? The Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving 18.1, 5566.
Shih, C. (2008). Life stories of EFL teachers in Taiwan. Presented at JACET/JALT Chubu Region Conference, Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan.
Silver, R. E. (2008a). Teacher language awareness and use of peer work in English language lessons. Presented at the Association of Language Awareness Conference, Hong Kong.
Silver, R. E. (2008b). Monitoring or observing? Managing classroom peer work. In Farrell, T. (ed.), Classroom management. Waldorf, MD: TESOL Publications, 4555.
Silver, R. E., Goh, C. C. M. & Alsagoff, L. (eds.) (2009). Language acquisition and development in new English contexts. London: Continuum.
Spilchuk, B. (2009a). Crossing borders and negotiating conflict: Lucian's story of teaching English from within the Singapore primary classroom. Journal of Asia TEFL 6.2, 3556.
Spilchuk, B. (2009b). Shila's story of teaching English/ESL in a Singapore primary neighbourhood school. Asian EFL Journal 33, 3755.
Tan, L. (2009). Null arguments in Singapore Colloquial English: Implications for the classroom. Presented at the Cutting Edges Conference 2009, Canterbury, UK.
Tan, S. I. (2009a). Lexical borrowing in Malaysian English: Influences of Malay. Lexis 3, 1162.
Tan, S. I. (2009b). Lexical borrowing from Chinese languages in Malaysian English. World Englishes 28.4, 451484.
Towndrow, P. A. (2009). Pedagogy and practice with computers in contemporary language teaching contexts. Presented at the AsiaCALL 2009, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Towndrow, P. A., Silver, R. E. & Albright, J. (2009). Setting expectations for educational innovations. Journal of Educational Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10833-009-9119-9. Published online by Springer Netherlands 8 July 2009.
Towndrow, P. A. & Vallance, M. (2009). Curriculum mapping for pedagogical change: Two case studies from Asia. Presented at the Association of Learning Technology Conference 2009, Manchester, UK.
Wang, S. S. & Guo, L. B. (2008). TRANSITIVITY profiles as indicators of the development of student's narrative writing: A corpus-based, cross-sectional study. Presented at the 35th International Systemic Functional Congress, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Wong, R. Y. L. & Yio, C. S. K. (2008). Foreign pupils studying in Singapore schools: Strategies for learning English. Presented at the British Council Primary Innovations Seminar, Bangkok, Thailand.
Zhang, L. J., Gu, P. Y. & Hu, G. W. (2008). A cognitive perspective on Singaporean bilingual children's use of reading strategies in learning to read in English. British Journal of Educational Psychology 78, 245271.

English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Singapore

  • Benny P. H. Lee (a1)


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