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Training Research Consultancy and Assessment Department (TRAC)

Dr Alvin Pang

Dean

Qualifications
Ed.D., University of Western Australia, Australia
Diploma in Department Management, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
M.Sc., Policy and Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, USA
M.A., English Language, National University of Singapore
PGCE, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
B.A. (Hons), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professional Experiences
Dr Alvin Pang taught at a local secondary school before joining the Ministry of Education, Singapore, as an English curriculum specialist. He then taught the General Paper in a junior college where he headed the English Department. He is currently the Dean of the Training, Research, Assessment and Consultancy Division at SEAMEO RELC. He has been involved in both language teaching and teacher training.

Major interests
Curriculum planning and materials development, reading and writing, ESP, teacher training, and qualitative research.

Dr Jack C. Richards

Adjunct Professor

Qualifications
Ph.D. Laval University, Quebec, Canada
MA and BA. Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Professional Experiences
Dr. Jack Richards is an internationally renowned specialist in second and foreign language teaching, an applied linguist and educator, the author of numerous professional books for English language teachers, and the author of many widely used textbooks for English language students. He has held senior positions in universities in Hong Kong, Hawaii and New Zealand and is currently honorary professor at universities in New Zealand and Australia. He has published widely in the fields of language teacher education, curriculum development, and methodology, and many of his academic books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and Spanish.

Major interests
Curriculum and materials design; methodology in language teaching; teacher education.

Dr Marie Yeo

Senior Language Specialist

Qualifications
Ed.D., University of Leicester, UK
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, RMIT University, Australia
M.Ed., University of Canberra, Australia
Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Specialisations: Teach English as a Second Language, teach the Social Sciences, University of New England, Australia
B.A., summa cum laude, with distinction, Political Science and English (majors), General Writing Program (minor), University of Colorado, U.S.A.

Professional Experiences
Dr Marie Yeo has taught English to foreign language learners in Australia, China, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Vietnam. She has also trained teachers, university lecturers and educational administrators in teaching methodology, educational management, and supervision. Before joining RELC, she worked as a lecturer at the University of Canberra, the Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute, and the University of Phnom Penh. She was Head of the English Program at the Cambodia Development Research Institute in Phnom Penh and at the Center for Amerian Education in Singapore. She has also worked as a Consultant with IDP Australia and UNESCO and as an Adviser on several AusAID, USAID and EU-funded projects. Most recently, she has worked with several private educations institutions (PEIs) in Singapore in the area of accreditation.

Major interests
TESOL methodology, teacher education, trainer training, Quality Assurance and International Accreditation, tertiary teaching and learning, international education, English Medium Instruction (EMI), and blended learning.

Dr Jeffrey Mok

Senior Language Specialist

Qualifications
Ed.D., Teaching and Learning, University of Leicester, UK
M.Ed., English Language Teaching, University of Sheffield, UK

Professional Experiences
Dr Jeffrey Mok has taught English to foreign language learners in Japan and Hong Kong. He has also taught L1 students in business, professional and science communication courses. He has supervised undergraduate and post graduate theses. In addition, he has trained teachers, university lecturers and educational administrators in teaching and learning methodology, online learning, and problem-based learning. Before joining RELC, he worked as an Associate Director and Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore.

Major interests
Communication Skills, Academic Writing, TESOL, Science Communication, Online Learning, Problem-based Learning, Distributed Cognition, Learning with Social Media, and Multimodal learning.

Dr Roby Marlina

Language Specialist

Qualifications
Ph.D., Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
M.Ed., TESOL, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Grad. Dip. Ed. (Secondary Education), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
B.A., Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Professional Experiences
Prior to joining RELC, Dr Roby Marlina spent 10 years as a lecturer in the Department of English as an International Language (EIL), Faculty of Arts, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. As an undergraduate program coordinator for the EIL department, he developed a three-year bachelor program in Applied Linguistics (English as an International Language), and the first-of-its-kind practical course for postgraduate students on Teaching Englishes for Intercultural Communication. He has also taught various teacher-education courses to early-childhood, primary, and secondary English language teachers from different nationalities. His works have appeared in various books and international journals such as International Journal of Educational Research, Multilingual Education, World Englishes, and Asian EFL Journal. His edited book, The Pedagogy of English as an International Language: Perspective from Scholars, Teachers, and Students (2014), was published by Springer International Publishing. He is also the author of a monograph entitled Teaching English as an International Language: Implementing, Reviewing, and Re-Envisioning World Englishes in Language Education (2018), published by Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group).

Major interests
Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL)
Curriculum and Pedagogy of EIL
Internationalisation of Education
TESOL teacher-education

Dr Ton Nu Linh Thoai

Language Specialist

Qualifications
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of New England, Australia
M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of Queensland, Australia
B.A., English Language, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam

Professional Experiences
Dr Ton Nu Linh Thoai has more than 15 years of experience in teaching English as a foreign language at the University of Dalat, Vietnam. While and after undertaking her doctoral study in Australia, she also delivered lectures and tutorials to undergraduate students of diverse cultural backgrounds. As a teacher trainer, she has trained English teachers from primary and secondary schools in Vietnam in teaching methodology, language skills, and classroom management.

Major interests
Applied linguistics, generative linguistics, sociolinguistics, second-language teaching, content analysis.

Mr Paul Dixon

Deputy Dean

Qualifications
M.A., TESOL, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Graduate Certificate of Education: Tertiary Teaching, James Cook University, Australia
Licentiate Diploma, TESOL, Trinity College, London, UK
B.A. (Hons), Social Anthropology, University of Kent, UK

Professional Experiences
Mr Paul Dixon has been teaching English in Asia since 2000. He has taught in a variety of contexts including English for Specific Purposes (ESP) to students from the Royal Saudi Arabian Navy and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to students on university pathway courses in Singapore and China. Paul has also taught ESL and exam preparation courses in Indonesia and Singapore, and conducted in-house corporate training for companies in China. In his role as Deputy Dean at SEAMEO RELC, he leads the language teaching team, plans and develops a wide range of customized courses and workshops as well as teaches English language courses to government officials, teachers and university students in Singapore and around the region.

Major Interests
Extensive reading, portfolio assessment, and the development of learner autonomy.

Dr Fung Cheung Kam See

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications
Ph.D., Education and Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA
Graduate Studies in Education, BIOLA University, USA
M.A. Linguistics, TESOL, Northeastern Illinois University, USA
M.A. Religion, Westminster Theological Seminary, USA
B.A. (Hons), English Language, Anthropology (minor), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Professional Experiences
Dr Fung Cheung Kam See’s vision is to empower others through Education and English language teaching. With more than twenty years of teaching English to foreign language learners in the USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore, her students have been from a wide spectrum of learning profiles and cultures; such as secondary students, university and graduate students, scholars, teachers, and government officials from the ASEAN region and beyond. Being effectively bilingual in English and Putonghua, she understands the challenges faced by EFL learners.

Prior to joining SEAMEO RELC, Dr Fung taught in secondary and tertiary levels. At SEAMEO RELC, she designs and teaches various customized courses; including English for Professional Purposes, reading and writing skills, and exam preparation courses.

Major interests
English for Professional Purposes, reading and writing skills, independent learning, and family studies.

Ms Lim Soo Heng

Lecturer

Qualifications
M.A. Applied Linguistics, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Certificate in Education, Institute of Education, Singapore
B.A. English (Hons), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professional Experiences
Ms Lim Soo Heng has more than 30 years of teaching experience. She taught English and Literature in a secondary school and was Subject Head of Literature before joining the Singapore Ministry of Education as a Staff Training Officer. Later, she became a Senior Teacher of Literature and Environment Education. At SEAMEO RELC, she teaches a variety of customized courses including English for Professional Purposes, Oral Presentation Skills, Military and Medical English, and Cultural Awareness for local and international participants.

Major interests
Materials development, reading skills, and using creative tools to engage the learner.

Ms Elsa Yow Soo Mei

Lecturer

Qualifications
M.A., Applied Linguistics, RELC, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
B.A. (Hons), English Language, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professional Experiences
Ms Elsa Yow Soo Mei has been teaching English Language and Literature for more than twenty years in different institutions with students of varying profiles and abilities. She began her career teaching the General Paper at a Pre-University college before joining an autonomous school and thereafter a regular government school. As a Senior Teacher since 2005, she has developed course materials, trained and mentored teachers in teaching pedagogies and initiated school-based reading programmes. At SEAMEO RELC, she teaches a wide range of customized English language courses. She is also an experienced trainer for English tests; such as IELTS and PTE Academic.

Major Interests
Teaching, curriculum planning and vocabulary building.

Ms Noorjihan Karim

Lecturer

Qualifications
M.Ed., NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
B.A., English/Literature, SIM, Singapore
Diploma in English, Cambridge University, UK
Diploma in Teaching English, Royal Society of Arts, Singapore
Certificate in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professional Experiences
Ms Noorjihan Karim has more than 30 years of experience in teaching English Language and Literature in secondary schools. She has many years of experience as a Level Coordinator (Literature) at government schools in Singapore. In her capacity as the coordinator, she developed course materials, trained and mentored teachers in teaching pedagogies for both English and Literature. She also facilitated school-based research projects.

Ms Noorjihan Karim has been a Senior Teacher (Literature) since 2004. She has also been a mentor and works very closely with trainee teachers and beginning teachers. She also conducted workshops for colleagues on classroom management, being an effective form teacher and relating well with parents. She also presented papers on project work, student behavior, form teachership and Literature. At SEAMEO RELC, she teaches English Communication Skills and ESP courses to government officials, teachers, and undergraduates from Southeast Asia as well as the People’s Republic of China and Japan.

Major Interests
Teaching reading and writing, curriculum planning and development.

Ms Miki Soon Yee San

Lecturer

Qualifications
M.Ed., Information Technology in Education and Training, University of Wollongong, Australia
Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
B.A., English Language and Literature, Open University, SIM, Singapore

Professional Experiences
Ms Miki Soon Yee San has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Singapore. She conducted workshops for her colleagues on the teaching of Oral English and was involved in developing materials for English instruction. At SEAMEO RELC, she teaches a number of English language courses to government officials, teachers, and undergraduates from countries in Southeast Asia as well as the People’s Republic of China and Japan.

Major Interests
Teaching with ICT, reading and writing, curriculum planning and development.

Dr Steven Tan Boon Seng

Lecturer

Qualifications
Ph.D., NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
M.A., Applied Linguistics, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Post-graduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
B.A., Social Work and Psychology, National University of Singapore

Professional Experiences
Dr Steven Tan has more than 25 years of teaching experience in the Ministry of Education, Singapore. He has taught English Language in primary schools, headed English Departments, and his most recent appointment was Lead Teacher (English Language). Besides his experiences in schools, he has also served as a Reading Officer in MOE HQ where he was involved in reading assessment, curriculum development and teacher training on reading intervention.

Prior to joining SEAMEO RELC, Dr Tan was seconded to NIE, NTU, as a teaching fellow, where he was involved in education research (classroom pedagogy, school university partnership, professional learning circle), and teacher education and professional development (Action Research, Educational Inquiry, Communication Skills for Teachers). At SEAMEO RELC, he teaches a range of English language and teacher training courses to government officials, educators and undergraduates from ASEAN countries and beyond.

Major Interests
New literacies, online reading comprehension, classroom pedagogy and language learning strategies.

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