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Current - Associate Professor and Acting Head
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University

1994-2000 - Lecturer
Department of Linguistics
La Trobe University
Melbourne, Australia

1992-1993 - Lecturer
Department of Linguistics
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia


Courses taught

Introductory courses in Linguistics, e.g.
- Foundations of Linguistics
- Nature of Language
- Fundamentals of Linguistics A: Mind and Meaning
- Language Puzzle
Advanced Semantics
Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Bilingualism and Cognition
Second Language Acquisition
Child Language
Language and Society in Asia
Language and Gender
Structure and Development of English
World Englishes
Applied Linguistics
Research Methodology in Linguistics



Supervision of Graduate Students

I have supervised 1 PhD student and 8 MA students. The following are some of the research topics of my students.

A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Discourse Level Feedback in NNS-NNS Dyads.

Beyond Spatial Terms: A Naturalistic Account of Maternal and Child Use of ‘in’, ‘on’ and ‘under’.

Questions in Japanese L2 Classrooms: A Comparison of Japanese Native Speaker and Japanese Non-native speaker Teachers.

Bilingual Language Acquisition: A Case Study

Teacher and Non-Teacher Perception of Learner Speech

Attitudes and Prior Language Learning Experience in Tertiary Beginner Language Learners

Attitude and Motivation: Their Relationship with Foreign Language Achievement.

Cohesive ties in the writing of Indonesian ESL learners

Requests and Apologies: A Study in Cross-cultural Pragmatics of Native Chinese Speakers, ESL Chinese Speakers and Native Australian Speakers.


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