Training Research Assessment and Consultancy Department (TRAC)
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, USAM.A., English Language, National University of SingaporePGCE, Institute of Education, University of London, UKB.A. (Hons), National University of Singapore, SingaporeProfessional ExperiencesDr 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 interestsCurriculum planning and materials development, reading and writing, ESP, teacher training, and qualitative research.
Qualifications Ph.D. Laval University, Quebec, CanadaMA 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 interestsCurriculum and materials design; methodology in language teaching; teacher education.
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 ExperiencesDr 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.
Qualifications Ph.D., Monash University, Melbourne, Australia M.Ed., TESOL, Monash University, Melbourne, AustraliaGrad. 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
Qualifications Ph.D., Linguistics, University of New England, AustraliaM.A., Applied Linguistics, University of Queensland, AustraliaB.A., English Language, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam Professional ExperiencesDr 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 interestsApplied linguistics, generative linguistics, sociolinguistics, second-language teaching, content analysis.
QualificationsEd.D., Educational Management, Northeastern College, PhilippinesM.A., Language and Literacy Education, University of the Philippines, Philippines M.A., Educational Administration, Northeastern College, PhilippinesPG Diploma, Language Studies for Teachers, University of the Philippines, PhilippinesTESOL Certificate, TESOL Asia – SITE Education Australia, PhilippinesB.Ed., English Language, Saint Mary’s University, Philippines Professional ExperiencesDr Joel Meniado has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, training, and leading ELT professionals in various countries. He has taught pre-service teachers with professional education and English specialisation courses and has trained in-service teachers on ELT methodologies, language assessment, and research. Before joining RELC, he worked as professor in a teacher education institution in the Philippines and as lecturer and head of the research and professional development unit of an English language institute in Saudi Arabia. In addition, he also served as leader of professional teacher organizations in the Southeast Asia and Arabian Gulf regions. As a scholar, he has presented in local and international conferences and has published his papers in international refereed journals. Major interestsLanguage and literacy education, language assessment, teacher education, ELT technologies, quality assurance and accreditation, organizational learning.
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.
Qualifications M.A. Applied Linguistics, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeCertificate in Education, Institute of Education, SingaporeB.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.
Qualifications B.A. with Dip. Ed (NIE, NTU)M.Ed Educational Psychology (NIE, NTU) Professional Experiences Dianaros has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Singapore. She was a Head of Department (EL) before joining Teachers Network, MOE. She was later appointed as a Senior Teacher (EL) and then a Lead Teacher (EL) at Haig Girls’ School where she was awarded the President Award for Teachers in 2011. Subsequently, she was posted to Curriculum Policy Office, MOE where she was part of a team looking into the implementation of Holistic Assessment in schools. Prior to joining SEAMEO RELC, she was a Lead Teacher (EL) in a mission school. She worked with various groups of teachers within the school, cluster and zone on English related projects and classroom based research. She has presented at various conferences locally and internationally on English language teaching and learning. At SEAMEO RELC, she teaches a wide range of customized English language courses to government officials, educators and undergraduates from the ASEAN countries and beyond. Major Interests Teaching speaking and writing, curriculum innovation, creative pedagogy, learning with ICT
QualificationsM.Ed., NIE, Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeB.A., English/Literature, SIM, SingaporeDiploma in English, Cambridge University, UKDiploma in Teaching English, Royal Society of Arts, SingaporeCertificate in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeProfessional ExperiencesMs 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 InterestsTeaching reading and writing, curriculum planning and development.
QualificationsPh.D., NIE, Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeM.A., Applied Linguistics, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, SingaporePost-graduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeB.A., Social Work and Psychology, National University of Singapore Professional ExperiencesDr 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.
QualificationsB.A. English, NUSPost-graduate Diploma in Education, NIE, NTU M.A. Applied Linguistics, NIE, NTU Professional ExperiencesPreetha has more than 15 years of teaching experience in secondary schools where she taught English Language to predominantly the graduating classes. Prior to joining SEAMEO RELC, she was an upper secondary Level Coordinator (EL) in an autonomous school where she developed and managed the teaching resources and level programmes. She mentored the new EL teachers and worked with various groups of teachers within the school on English-related projects and competitions. Together with her professional learning team, she has shared best practices during staff seminars and at cluster learning symposium. She was the teacher-mentor to the students from the Talent Development Programme where she coordinated various English-related programmes and competitions. At SEAMEO RELC, she teaches a wide range of customized English language courses to undergraduates, educators and government officials from the ASEAN countries and beyond. Major interestsTeaching reading, materials development and curriculum planning.