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Training Research Assessment and Consultancy Department (TRAC)

Dr Alvin Pang

Dean

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, Singapore

Professional Experiences
Dr 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 interests
Curriculum planning and materials development, reading and writing, ESP, teacher training, and qualitative research.

Dr Marie Yeo

Senior Language Specialist

Qualifications
Bachelor 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, Singapore

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. 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.

Dr Roby Marlina

Senior Language Specialist

Qualifications
B.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 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 Joel C. Meniado

Language Specialist

Qualifications
Ed.D., Educational Management, Northeastern College, Philippines
M.A., Language and Literacy Education, University of the Philippines, Philippines
M.A., Educational Administration, Northeastern College, Philippines
PG Diploma, Language Studies for Teachers, University of the Philippines, Philippines
TESOL Certificate, TESOL Asia – SITE Education Australia, Philippines
B.Ed., English Language, Saint Mary’s University, Philippines

Professional Experiences
Dr 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 interests
Language and literacy education, language assessment, teacher education, ELT technologies, quality assurance and accreditation, organizational learning.

Dr Nguyen Chi Duc

Language Specialist

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (2005)
(Honour Program, Vietnam National University, Vietnam)
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (2012)
(Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
PhD in Applied Linguistics (2017)
(Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Professional Experiences
After completing his BA Honour program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Vietnam National University, Vietnam, Chi Duc did an MA in TESOL and a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to joining SEAMEO RELC in 2022, he worked as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher and an EFL teacher educator for more than 15 years in Vietnam. Chi Duc conducts research on second language acquisition, particularly incidental learning of new vocabulary and grammar knowledge through meaning-focused input and output activities as well as language testing and assessment, with a special focus on validation of standardized language tests. He now ventures into the field of language teacher identity. His work has appeared in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Language Teaching Research and RELC.

Major interests
Teaching and learning vocabulary in another language; English for academic purposes; Language curriculum development; Language materials development; Language testing and assessment; Language teacher education; Language teacher identity.

Mr Paul Dixon

Deputy Dean

Qualifications
B.A. (Hons) Social Anthropology, University of Kent, UK
Licentiate Diploma in TESOL, Trinity College, London, UK
Graduate Certificate of Education: Tertiary Teaching, James Cook University, Australia
M.A. TESOL, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore

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 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.

Ms Lim Soo Heng

Lecturer

Qualifications
Cert. in Education, Institute of Education
B.A. English (Hons), NUS
M.A. Applied Linguistics, NIE, NTU
WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore

Professional Experiences
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 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 interests
Materials development, teaching reading and how to use various creative tools to engage the learner.

Ms Dianaros Ab Majid

Lecturer

Qualifications
B.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

Ms Preetha Preklathan

Lecturer

Qualifications
M.A. Applied Linguistics, NIE, Nanyang Technological University
B.A. English, National University of Singapore
Post-graduate Diploma in Education, NIE, Nanyang Technological University
WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP), Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore

Professional Experiences
Preetha 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 interests
Teaching speaking and writing, curriculum planning and development, learning with ICT.

Ms Christabel Loh Hui Ling

Lecturer

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 Experiences
Ms 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.

Ms Claudine Ang

Lecturer

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.

Ms Liew Tze Siew

Lecturer

Qualifications
M.A. TESOL, University of Liverpool, UK
Bachelor of Education, TESL, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Professional Experiences
Ms 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.

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