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Training Research Assessment and Consultancy Department (TRAC)
Qualifications B.A. (Hons) (NUS)PGCE (Institute of Education, University of London)M.A. (Eng. Lang.) (NUS)M.Sc. (Policy & Leadership) (University of Pennsylvania)Diploma in Department Management (NIE, NTU)Ed.D. (University of Western Australia)WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, SingaporeProfessional ExperiencesDr Alvin Pang taught at a local secondary school before joining the Ministry of Education 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. He is an authorized Aviation English Competency Test examiner. 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.
QualificationsBachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, with distinction (University of Colorado, U.S.A.)Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University of New England, Australia)Master of Education (University of Canberra, Australia)Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning (RMIT University, Australia)Doctor of Education (University of Leicester, U.K.)WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, SingaporeProfessional 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. She is an authorized Aviation English Competency Test examiner. 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.
QualificationsB.A. (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)Grad.Dip.Ed. (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)M.Ed. TESOL (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)PhD (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) Professional ExperiencesPrior 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 interestsTeaching English as an International Language (TEIL)Curriculum and Pedagogy of EILInternationalisation of EducationTESOL teacher-education
QualificationsBachelor of Arts in English Language (1995) (HoChiMinh City’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam)Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (2003) (University of Queensland, Australia)PhD in Linguistics (2017) (University of New England, Australia) Professional ExperiencesDr Ton Nu Linh Thoai has more than 15 years’ experience 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.
QualificationsB.A. (Hons) Social Anthropology, University of Kent, UKLicentiate Diploma in TESOL, Trinity College, London, UKGraduate Certificate of Education: Tertiary Teaching, James Cook University, AustraliaM.A. TESOL, Sheffield Hallam University, UKWSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, SingaporeProfessional ExperiencesMr 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 most recent role as a lecturer at a university in Singapore, he was a course coordinator which involved developing and moderating assessment items and designing courses which were approved by the Singapore Council for Private Education and the Australian accreditation body, NEAS. At SEAMEO RELC, he teaches a number of English language courses to government officials, teachers and university students from countries in Southeast Asia as well as the People’s Republic of China and Japan. He is an authorized Aviation English Competency Test examiner.Major Interests Extensive reading, portfolio assessment, and the development of learner autonomy.
QualificationsCert. in Education, Institute of EducationB.A. English (Hons), NUSM.A. Applied Linguistics, NIE, NTUWSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, SingaporeProfessional ExperiencesLim 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 lectures on the English language covering the skills of listening and viewing, speaking, reading, writing and assessment. She also conducts lectures on English for Professional Purposes, Oral Presentation Skills, Military and Medical English and Cultural Awareness for local and international participants from various walks of lives. She is an authorized Aviation English Competency Test examiner.Major interestsMaterials development, teaching reading and how to use various creative tools to engage the learner.
QualificationsB.A. with Dip. Ed (NIE, NTU)M.Ed Educational Psychology (NIE, NTU)WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore 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
QualificationsCert. in Education (NIE)B.A. English/Literature (SIM)M.Ed. (NIE, NTU)WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, SingaporeProfessional ExperiencesJihan has more than 30 years of experience teaching English Language and Literature in secondary schools. She was a Level Coordinator (Literature) since 1989. In her capacity as the Coordinator, she has developed course materials, trained and mentored teachers in teaching pedagogies for both English and Literature. She has also facilitated in school-based research projects.She has been a Senior Teacher (Literature) since 2004. She has been the School Coordinating Mentor and worked very closely with Trainee Teachers and Beginning Teachers. She has also conducted workshops for colleagues on classroom management, how to be an effective form teacher and how to relate well with parents. She has 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.
QualificationsM.A. Applied Linguistics, NIE, Nanyang Technological UniversityB.A. English, National University of SingaporePost-graduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological UniversityWSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore 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 (English) in an autonomous school where she developed and managed the teaching resources and level programmes. She mentored the new English language teachers and worked with various groups of teachers within the school on English-related projects and competitions. Together with her professional learning team, she had shared best practices during staff seminars and at cluster learning symposiums. 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 customised English language courses and English communication skills to university students, local and foreign educators, and government officials from the ASEAN countries and beyond. Major interestsTeaching speaking and writing, curriculum planning and development, learning with ICT.
Qualifications M.A. Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, King’s College London, UK B.A. English and History, National University of Singapore Postgraduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University Professional ExperiencesMs Christabel Loh has more than 15 years of teaching experience in the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She taught English language in secondary schools, where she took on the roles of Level Coordinator and Cooperating Teacher. She also conducted professional sharing at symposiums to contribute to the teaching fraternity. Besides her experiences in schools, she served as a Defence Executive Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces for eight years where she managed the Defence Relations (DR) with foreign militaries by conducting research to provide DR updates to key stakeholders for visits and multilateral events. Her interest in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) led to her attachment to the University of Laos, where she taught at the Faculty of Education. She also taught English to immigrants amidst her academic pursuits in London. At SEAMEO RELC, she is involved in conducting assessment and teaching a range of English language courses to government officials, educators, working adults and university students from the ASEAN countries and beyond. Major Interests TESOL, sociolinguistics, reading comprehension, classroom pedagogy.