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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.
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
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.
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, RELC and National University of Singapore B.A. Hons. (Sociology), National University of Singapore B.A. (English and Sociology), National University of Singapore Postgraduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University Professional Experiences Claudine has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She taught General Paper, Literature and Project Work in junior colleges, and also has 10 years’ experience as Subject Head for Literature in English. During this time, two of her students were awarded the Angus Ross Prize and the second runner up, respectively. She also conceptualized and helmed the Humanities Scholarship Programme for higher ability students. Claudine taught both lower ability and higher ability students, and she has experience in creating both support and stretch materials and programmes to support diverse learners. She was awarded a Post-Graduate Scholarship by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and after completing her Masters, she served in the English Language & Literature Branch (ELL), Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD), MOE. While in CPDD, she was a member of the Secretariat for a national study that reviewed English proficiency in mainstream schools. She led two national curriculum reviews as subject team leader for Literature and Knowledge and Inquiry (Pre-University/ GCE A levels). Claudine convened the Syllabus Review Committee and worked closely with representatives from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. To create a platform for professional sharing in the teaching fraternity, she initiated the National Literature Symposium (Pre-University). She facilitated the roles of experienced teachers identified for the Instructional Programme Support Group (Literature in English) to address the professional training needs of the fraternity. Additionally, Claudine worked closely with Cambridge International Examinations on workshops to support the new A-level syllabus. She conducted workshops on pedagogy for teachers of General Paper, Literature in English, and Project Work. Furthermore, she facilitated partnerships between the National Arts Council and the teaching fraternity for the Singapore Writers Festival. Prior to joining the Ministry of Education, Claudine was with the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) for 2 years, where she managed MINDEF-wide communications and public relations. Major Interests Reading and speaking, teacher training, curriculum design, brain-based learning, cultural linguistics.
Qualifications M.A. TESOL, University of Liverpool, UK Bachelor of Education, TESL, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia Professional ExperiencesMs Liew Tze Siew has been teaching English as a second or foreign language since 2013. Prior to joining RELC, she has extensive English teaching experience in various educational institutions in Malaysia and Singapore. She has worked with students from different Asian countries and diverse age groups, ranging from kids, teenagers, university students to working adults. Her most recent experience includes preparing and delivering academic and general English lessons to support low proficiency ESL students in their study of IB Science and Humanities subjects in an international school in Singapore. Apart from that, she has taught in a university setting for eight years, focusing on academic reading, writing, Business English, and also communication and presentation skills courses for university students and working adults. At SEAMEO RELC, she is involved in conducting assessment and teaching a wide range of customised English language courses to government officials, educators, working adults and university students from the ASEAN countries and beyond. Major Interests TESOL, sociolinguistics, ESP, Reading and Writing.
Qualifications M.A. Applied Linguistics, National University of Singapore B.A. English (Hons), National University of Singapore Postgraduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University Professional ExperiencesMs Yow has more than 28 years of experience teaching English and Literature in different institutions with learners of varying profiles and abilities. Prior to joining SEAMEO RELC, she began her career teaching the General Paper at a Pre-University college, after which she taught English and Literature to secondary school students. As a Senior Teacher appointed by the Ministry of Education, she has developed course materials, trained and mentored teachers in teaching pedagogies and initiated school-based reading programmes. She was attached to RELC for five years, where she taught a range of customized language courses to participants from Southeast Asia as well as Japan and the People’s Republic of China. She was an authorized Aviation English Competency Test examiner. Her most recent teaching experience in an international school includes preparing and delivering general English lessons to low proficiency ESL learners to help them in English examinations for entrance to universities. At SEAMEO RELC, she teaches a wide range of customized English language courses to government officials, educators, working adults and university students from the ASEAN countries and beyond. She is also involved in assessments. Major Interests TESOL, English for Professional Purposes, Language testing and assessment, reading and speaking.
Qualifications PhD. NIE, Nanyang Technological University M.Ed. NIE, Nanyang Technological University B. Business. Nanyang Technological University Postgraduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University Professional ExperiencesRaslinda has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Ministry of Education, Singapore. Prior to joining RELC, she was a School Staff Developer in a primary school. In that portfolio, she worked with various segments of school staff in identifying their learning needs, planning and conducting programmes and workshops for their professional development and well-being. She was previously seconded as Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) where she worked with teachers in teacher development as part of her involvement in the research projects. She has presented papers in local and international conferences and co-authored papers and a book chapter with CRPP colleagues. As part of her work at NIE, she has also supervised student teachers during their practicum and school experience. Major Interests Language Acquisition, Classroom Discourse and Dialogic teaching, Classroom Pedagogy.
Qualifications M.A. Applied Linguistics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore B.A. Communication and Psychology, University at Buffalo Diploma in TESOL, London Teacher Training College Professional ExperiencesMs Pavithra has more than 8 years of experience in education research projects at the National Institute of Education, Singapore, in areas such as multimodality, disciplinary literacy, teacher language awareness, and linguistic errors made by students in written responses in science. She has published and co-authored academic papers and presented at various conferences. In addition, she also taught both local and international students at enrichment centres in Singapore. She has taught students from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of curricula, including IGCSE, GCE “O” Levels, PSLE, CBSE, IB, and AP. She has also guided students in writing college application essays, and has helped to prepare students for the SAT and IELTS examinations. Major Interests TESOL, ESP, reading and writing, sociolinguistics, multimodality, digital literacy.