Dr. Angela Frattarola

Director, Language and Communication Centre

Angela Frattarola

Office: SHHK-02-17
Telephone: 6513 7357
E-mail: aafrattarola@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr. Frattarola is the Director of the Language and Communication Centre. Over the past twenty years, she has taught first-year writing courses, as well as classes on modernism and twentieth-century literature. Her book, Modernist Soundscapes: Auditory Technology and the Novel (University Press of Florida 2018), explores how early auditory technologies such as the phonograph, headphones, talkie, and tape recorder, subtly changed the public's sense of auditory perception, and how those changes are reflected in and shaped the modernist novel. Aside from her publications in modernism and sound studies, which can be found in journals such as Woolf Studies Annual, Mosaic, Modern Drama, Journal of Modern Literature, Studies in the Novel, and Genre, Dr. Frattarola studies the pedagogy behind best teaching practices for helping students become effective readers and writers.

Selected Publications


Frattarola, A. (2018). Modernist Soundscapes: Auditory Technology and the Novel. University Press of Florida.​

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Frattarola, A. (in press). The Aura of the Phonographic Relic: Hearing the Voices of the Dead. In The Routledge Companion to Literature and Death. Routledge.

Frattarola, A. (2017). Community gardens or affordable housing: A false dichotomy grows in the Lower East Side. Moving Worlds, 17.1, 69-78.

Frattarola, A. (2013). The limitations of vision and power of folklore in John Dos Passos’s USA. Studies in the Novel45(1), 80-101.

Frattarola, A. (2012). Fabricating history through folklore in Ming Cher's Spider BoysSARE: Southeast Asian Review of English50(1), 83-96.

Frattarola, A. (2011). Auditory narrative in the modernist novel: Prosody, music, and the subversion of vision in Dorothy Richardson's PilgrimageGenre: Forms of Discourse and Culture44(1), 5-27.

Frattarola, A. (2010). The phonograph and the modernist novel. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature43.1,143-159.

Frattarola, A. A. (2010). A glimpse of Aidan Higgins through his critical work. In N. Murphy (Ed.), Aidan Higgins: The Fragility of Form. University of Illinois: Dalkey Archive Press.

Frattarola, A. (2009). The modernist “Microphone Play”: Listening in the dark to the BBC. Modern Drama52(4), 449-468.

Frattarola, A. (2009). Developing an ear for the modernist novel: Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, and James Joyce. Journal of Modern Literature33(1), 132-153.

Frattarola, A. A. (2009). Modernism and the irresponsible allusion: Joyce, Eliot and Pound. In D. Jernigan, N. Murphy, B. Quigley, & T. Wagner (Eds.), Literature and Ethics: Questions of Responsibility in Literary Studies. New York: Cambria Press.

Frattarola, A. (2005). Listening for ‘found sound’ samples in the novels of Virginia Woolf. Woolf Studies Annual11, 133-159.  ​​​​​​​​​

Koo-Cheah Swit Ling Diane

Assistant Director / Deputy Director

Koo-Cheah Swit Ling, Diane

Office: SHHK-02-35
Telephone: 6790 5513
E-mail: mslkoo@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr Koo joined Nanyang Technological University in 1989 as Assistant Professor, teaching Communication Skills. Her Ph.D. from Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom is in the area of Interlanguage Variation. She is currently Deputy Director of the Language and Communication Centre and a member of the Centre’s Management Committee. Her research interests include classroom interaction, communication at the work place and second language learning.


Steven Robert Adam

Office: SHHK-03-36
Telephone: 6513 7358
E-mail: sradam@ntu.edu.sg

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Mr Adam joined NTU’s Language and Communication Centre (LCC) as a lecturer in 2013. He earned his M.A. in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University, after studying for his B.A. (Hons) from Canada’s Western University, where he graduated first in the university in both English and History. He has taught English composition and communication in a variety of linguistic contexts and ability levels, from English as a Second Language to upper year English Literature students. He is strongly interested in adapting both new and traditional pedagogical techniques, in conjunction with personal attention, to increase students’ competency and confidence in these areas.

His research interests span applied linguistics and historical writing. His recent/current research has included syntax transfer in the Singaporean linguistic context as well as Renaissance metaphysical writing. Mr Adam is interested in researching rhetorical strategies in academic writing and specific public discourses, as well as the pedagogy of rhetoric. Since coming to NTU, he has taught mainly classes for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and has advised students in the Department of English’s Final Year Project (FYP) programme.

Senior Lecturer

Ahn Hyejeong

Office: SHHK-02-07
Telephone: 6790 5440
E-mail: hjahn@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr. Hyejeong Ahn joined NTU’s Language and Communication Centre as a lecturer in 2015. She completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Monash University in Australia, after studying for her M.A. in TESOL education and B.A. in Primary School education at the University of South Australia. She is a highly qualified professional with many years of experience in teaching and training. Her teaching experience spans from teaching English writing skills for academic purposes, English as an International Language, and intercultural communication skills in professional and academic contexts.

Her research area specialises in the field of the educational linguistics with a clear focus on teaching English as an International Language (EIL) and World Englishes. The basis of her publications rests on an evaluation of teachers’ awareness of and attitudes towards the inherently evolving pluricentric nature of English. She has argued for developing teacher training courses which inform the current socio and linguistic landscape of English and a reassessment of the notion of what types of English competency are valid in the era of globalization where English is a means of intercultural communication.

Selected Publications

Journal & book chapters

Ahn, H. Khan, S. & Salazar, D. (In Press). Using the Oxford English Dictionary to promote the learning and teaching of World Englishes vocabulary. In A. Selvi & B. Yazan (Eds.), Global Englishes: Language teacher education. Routledge.

Ahn, H. (Forthcoming, accepted). English and the K-pop culture in South Korea. In L.E. Ling & A. Pakir (Eds.), English in East and South Asia: Policy, features and language in use. Routledge.

Kiaer, J., & Ahn, H. (Forthcoming, accepted). Features of Korean English. In L.E. Ling & A. Pakir (Eds.), English in East and South Asia: Policy, features and language in use. Routledge.

Ahn, H., & Kiaer, J. (2020). Pop culture words: How can K-Wave turn Korean words into global, translingual words? English Today, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0266078420000292

Ahn, H., Choi, N & Kiaer, J. (2020). South Korean perceptions of ‘native’ speaker of English in social and news media via big data analytics. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 9(1), 33-56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/jelf-2020-2031

Lee, E. S. Y., & Ahn, H. (2020). Overseas Singaporean attitudes towards Singlish. Asian Englishes, 1-16. doi:10.1080/13488678.2020.1795783

You, Z., Kiaer, J., & Ahn, H. (2020). Growing East Asian words in English: British university students' attitudes to words of East Asian origin in the English language. English Today, 36(2), 17-34. doi:10.1017/S026607841900018X

Ahn, H. (2020). Spelling variation of translingual Korean English words: What has K-pop and K-wave to do with it? English Today.

Ahn, H., & Kim, C. (2020). So you’re one of those vegetarians? Emergence of Korean English. In F. Sharifian (Ed.), Cultural Linguistics and World Englishes (pp.87-100). Springer.

Ahn, H., & Lee, S. (2020). Functions of English: Education, entertainment and commercials in South Korea. In R. Gargesh, A. Sharma, R. Giri, & J. D’ Angelo (Eds.), Functional variations in English: Theoretical considerations and practical challenges (223-241). Springer.

Ahn, H. & Delesclefs, D. (2020). Insecurities, Imposter Syndrome, and Native-Speakeritis. In P. Stanely (Ed.), Critical Autoethnography and intercultural education (pp. 95-99). New York: Routledge.

Ahn, H. (2020). Where are you “really” from? In P. Stanely (Ed.), Critical Autoethnography and intercultural education (pp. 76-83). New York: Routledge.

Ahn, H. (2018). Modelling the Englishization of vocabulary in contemporary Korean. World Englishes, 37(4), 570-589.

Kim, C., & Ahn, H. (2018). The functions of the aspectual marker ‘-ko iss-’ and ‘-a iss-’. Korean Semantics, 61, 105-132.

Ahn, H. (2018). ‘Help me’: The English language and a voice from a Korean Australian living in Singapore. In P. Stanely & G. Vass (Eds.), Questions of culture in Autoethnography (pp. 13-22). Abingdon: Routledge.

Ahn, H. (2017). Seoul uncle: Cultural conceptualisations behind the use of address terms in Korean. In F. Sharifian (Ed.), Advances in Cultural Linguistics (pp. 411-432). Singapore: Springer.

Ahn, H. (2017). English as a discursive and social communication resource for contemporary S. Koreans. In C. Jenks & J. W. Lee (Eds.), Korean Englishes in transnational contexts (pp. 157-179). U.K: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ahn, H. (2015). Awareness of and attitudes to Asian Englishes: A study of English teachers in South Korea. Asian Englishes, 17(2), 132-151.

Ahn, H. (2015). Assessing proficiency in the National English Ability Test (NEAT) in South Korea. English Today, 31(1), 34-42.

Ahn, H. (2014). Teachers' attitudes towards Korean English in South Korea. World Englishes, 33(2), 195-222.

Ahn, H. (2013). English policy in South Korea: A role in attaining global competitiveness or a vehicle of social mobility? Journal of English as an International Language, 8(1), 1-20.

Ahn, H. (2012). Teaching writing skills based on a genre approach to L2 primary school: Action research’. English Language Teaching, 5(2), 2-16.


Ahn, H. (2017). Attitudes to World Englishes: Implications for teaching English in South Korea. Abingdon: Routledge.

Kiaer, J., Ahn, H., Salazar, D., & Bordilovskaya, A. (Under contract). Beyond Borrowing: Lexical Interaction between Englishes and Asian languages. Routledge.

Kiaer, J.,Choi, N., Ahn, H. (Under contract). The story of Korean Children’s English Education (영어의 아이들), Seoul: Science books [in Korean].



Chin Soo Fun

Office: SHHK-02-13
Telephone: 6513 7638
E-mail: sfchin@ntu.edu.sg

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Ms Chin joined Nanyang Technological University in 2007 as a Lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre. She obtained her Master of Arts in English Language from the National University of Singapore, specializing in Applied Linguistics, after she received a professional teaching qualification in TESOL. She typically teaches Professional Communication, Research Writing in the Social Sciences and English Proficiency. Ms Chin is interested in syllabus design, materials development and preparation, workplace communication, and education management.

Selected Publications

Ng, A. C. C., Chan, S. K., Chin, S. F., Li, S. Y., & Leong, A. P. (2013). Resume Writing in the Real World – Do Business Communication Textbooks Really Give Good Advice? The Asian ​​ESP Journal 9(3), 74-97.

Chin, S. F., Chan, S. K., Li, S. Y., & Ng, A. C. C. Resume writing – comparing two perspectives to enhance classroom practice. The English Teacher (Malaysian English Language Teaching Association) XXXVIII, 95-110.​​


Hill, Christopher John

Office: SHHK-02-23
Telephone: 6592 3678
E-mail: chill@ntu.edu.sg​

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Dr Christopher Hill is a Lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre (LCC). He has been teaching for 13 years at universities in New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore. He holds degrees in film criticism, multimedia communication and literature, and is currently involved in developing the LCC's academic communication courses for the Humanities and ADM. His research focuses on learning transfer, peer review and student-partnered learning within the context of English for Academic Purposes (EAP).​


Hsieh Yi-Chin

Office: SHHK-02-12
Telephone: 6513 8165
E-mail: yihsieh@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr. Hsieh Yi Chin joined the Language and Communication Centre (LCC) at Nanyang University in 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in Language Education from Indiana University at Bloomington, United States, with a minor in Instructional Systems Technology. Her M.A. was completed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, specializing in TESOL. Dr. Hsieh has extensive teaching experiences in a variety of settings, including teaching English reading and writing for academic purposes, communication skills, and communicative Mandarin in tertiary and secondary schools. Her research interests include learner interactions in collaborative learning, second language learners’ digital literacy, and technology incorporation into language classroom. Her current research focuses on knowledge construction among language learners in an Internet-supported collaborative learning environment.

Selected Publications

Hsieh, Y. C. (2020). Learner interactions in face-to-face collaborative writing with the support of online resources. ;ReCALL, 32(1), 85-105. doi:10.1017/S0958344019000120 [SSCI-indexed]​

Hsieh, Y. C. (2017). A case study of the dynamics of scaffolding among ESL learners and online resources in collaborative learning. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 30(1-2), 115- 132. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2016.1273245 [SSCI-indexed]

Park, J., Yang, J., & Hsieh, Y. C. (2014). University level second language readers’ online reading and comprehension strategies. Language Learning & Technology, 18(3). 148–172.


Jain, Ritu

Telephone: 6790 4607
E-mail: ritujain@ntu​.edu.sg​​

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Before joining LCC as a full time lecturer, Dr Jain taught a range of courses from Business Communication to Unpacking Bollywood at various tertiary institutions across the island. Her research and academic interest lies in the area of language management. For her PhD research at the National University of Singapore (NUS), she examined the role of the language education policy in the promotion and maintenance of Indian languages in Singapore. In particular, she investigated the implications of the growing prominence of Hindi for the maintenance of other Indian languages as well as intra-ethnic community harmony. She also has a Masters in English Literature and another in Applied Linguistics.

Dr Jain is a reviewer for the journal Language and Education. She has won several teaching awards and remains on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (NUS) Honour Roll for winning the Graduate Student Teaching Award three times in a row. Beyond academia, Dr Jain helms DEBRA Singapore, a non-profit, patient-support/advocacy organisation for ‘butterfly children’ born with the rare genetic disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Selected Publications

Jain, R. & Wee, L. (2019). Language Education Policy, Singapore. In A. Kirkpatrick & T. Liddicoat (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Language Education Policy in Asia (pp. 272-285). Routledge.

Jain, R. & Wee, L. (2018). Diversity management and the presumptive universality of categories: The case of the Indians in Singapore. Current Issues in Language Planning. doi:10.1080/14664208.2018.1503386

Jain, R. & Wee, L. (2017). Cartographic mismatches and language policy: The case of Hindi in Singapore. Language Policy. doi:10.1007/s10993-016-9429-8

Jain, R. & Wee, L. (2015). Multilingual education in Singapore: Beyond language communities? In A. Yiakoumetti (Ed.), Multilingualism and Language in Education: Sociolinguistic and Pedagogical Perspectives from Commonwealth Countries (pp. 67–85). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.​

Senior Lecturer

Sujata S. Kathpalia

Office: SHHK-02-34
Telephone: 6790 4811
E-mail: msskath@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr Kathpalia is a Senior Lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre (LCC). At present, she is a member of the Management Committee of LCC and Curriculum Planner of the College of Science writing courses. She has been teaching for the last 25 years and has taught foundation courses in linguistics at NUS as well as academic writing courses at NTU. Her research interest is in the areas of genre analysis, academic writing and world Englishes. Her Ph.D. thesis is on the genre analysis of promotional texts and her publications are on the genre analysis of academic, internet, legal and media discourses.

Selected Publications

Books, journal special issues, and reports

Bhatia, T. K., & Kathpalia, S. S. (Eds.). (2019). World Englishes and cross-cultural advertising. World Englishes, Special Issue, 38(3), 348-351.

Journal articles

Kathpalia, S. S., See E. K., & Tom, K. M. (2020). A blended scientific communication course for undergraduate students: Addressing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. ESP Today, 8(2), 182-205.

Kathpalia, S. S. (2019). Redefining gender stereotypes in Indian English advertising. World Englishes, 38(3), 486-351.

Kathpalia, S. S., Ong, K. K. W., & Leong, A. P. (2019). Communication needs of science graduate students. RELC Journal, 51(2), 227-243.

Kathpalia, S. S. (2018). Neologisms: Word creation processes in Hindi-English code-mixed words. English World-Wide 39(1). 34-59.

Kathpalia, S. S. (2017). [Review of the book Critical genre analysis: Investigating interdiscursive performance in professional practice, by Vijay K. Bhatia]. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 28. 50-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2017.04.002

Kathpalia, S. S., & See, E. K. (2016). Improving argumentation through student blogs. System 58. 25-36.

Kathpalia, S. S., & Ong, K. K. W. (2015). The use of code-mixing in Indian billboard advertising. World Englishes 34(4). 557-575.

Book chapters

Ong, K. K. W., & Kathpalia, S. S. (2017). Argumentation and floor management in computer-supported collaborative learning. In R. Breeze & C. S. Guinda (Eds.), Essential competencies for English medium university teaching (pp. 201-217). New York: Springer.

Kathpalia, S. S., & Koo S. L. (2014). The changing landscape for business communication. In V. K. Bhatia & S. Bremner (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of language and professional communication (pp. 274-286. New York / London: Routledge.

Kathpalia, S. S. (2012). Is arbitration being colonized by litigation? – Practitioners’ views in the Singapore context. In V. K. Bhatia, C. N. Candlin, & M. Gotti (Eds.), Discourse and practice in international commercial arbitration: Issues, challenges and prospects(pp. 263-282). London: Ashgate.


Khoo Phaik Suan, Susan

Office: SHHK-02-02
Telephone: 6513 8125
E-mail: CPSKhoo@ntu.edu.sg​

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Ms Khoo joined NTU in 1999 as a Lecturer teaching Communication Skills. She obtained her M.A. from the University Of Essex, UK. She was involved with the curriculum revision for the Critical Writing course and typically teaches Critical Writing and Technical Writing courses. Ms Khoo is interested in a wide range of topics from psycholinguistics to the teaching and acquisition of critical writing skills.​​​


Lam Tsui Eu Sandra

Office: SHHK-02-14
Telephone: 6790 4422
E-mail: stelam@ntu.edu.sg

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Lam Tsui Eu Sandra holds a Doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and two Master’s degrees, one in English from Cambridge University, UK and the other, in Applied Linguistics from NTU. She teaches communication and research writing courses. Her research interests include teaching methodologies, academic writing, and the use of peer feedback in the teaching of L2 writing. She has published in Instructional Science and presented papers at international conferences such as the BAAL Conference 2011, AILA World Congress 2014 and EATAW Conference 2017.


Lee Cheng Choong Peng, Jean

Office: SHHK-02-05
Telephone: 6592 1557
E-mail: jccplee@ntu.edu.sg

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Ms Lee has taught Business Communication and English courses at various tertiary and public institutions for the last 15 years. She has won several teaching awards as a part-time lecturer in both NUS and SMU. Currently, she is teaching Professional Communication and Engineering Communication I at NTU. Besides teaching, she has also participated in various research projects in teaching and learning at NUS and NIE. Her research interests include Business and Academic Writing, as well as the use of language for professional and technical communication.​

Senior Lecturer

Leong Ping, Alvin

Office: SHHK-02-03
Telephone: 6592 7565
E-mail: alvin.leong@ntu.edu.sg​

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Dr Leong joined the Language & Communication Centre as a Lecturer in 2009. He taught for seven years at the National Institute of Education, and for a year at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He obtained his Ph.D. from NUS in 2001, with a specialization in systemic functional grammar. He is presently the coordinator of the postgraduate writing course. Dr Leong has research interests in systemic functional grammar, discourse analysis, and literacy studies. He is the author of Theme and ​Rheme (Peter Lang, 2004) and a co-editor of Transforming Literacies and Language (Continuum, 2011). He has also published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Selected Publications

Leong, P. A., Toh, A. L. L., & Chin, S. F. (2018). Examining structure in scientific research articles: A study of thematic progression and thematic density. Written Communication, 35(3), 286–314.

Leong, P. A., & Lee, H. H. (2018). From both sides of the classroom: Perspectives on teacher feedback on academic writing and feedback practice. Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, 6(1), 151–164.

Leong, P. A. (2018). Project-based teaching. In A. Shehadeh (Ed.), The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching (pp. 780–788). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Song, G., Lee, H. H., & Leong, P. A. (2017). Students' response to feedback: An exploratory study. RELC Journal, 48(3), 357–372.

Lee, H. H., Leong, P. A., & Song, G. (2017). Investigating teacher perceptions of feedback. ELT Journal, 71(1), 60–68.

Leong, P. A. (2016). Thematic density of research-article abstracts: A systemic-functional account. Word, 62(4), 209–227.

Leong, P. A. (2016). The thematic structure of homepages: An exploratory systemic-functional account. Semiotica, 2016(210), 105–127.

Leong, P. A. (2015). Singlish words—A personal narrative from ten young writers. In N. Ong, J. X. Ho, G. Song & Y. Lim (Eds.), Thinking minds, writing worlds (pp. 27–31). Singapore: Think. Write.

Leong, P. A. (2015). Topical themes and thematic progression: The “picture” of research articles. Text & Talk, 35(3), 289–315.

Leong, P. A. (2014). The passive voice in scientific writing. The current norm in science journals. Journal of Science Communication 13(1). A03.

Leong, P. A. (2013). Thinking critically: A look at students’ critiques of a research article. Higher Education Research & Development 32(4). 575–589.

Leong, P. A. (ed.). (2011). Transforming literacies and language: Multimodality and literacy in the new media age (with Caroline Mei Lin Ho & Kate T. Anderson). London: Continuum.

Leong, P. A. (2005). Talking themes: The thematic structure of talk. Discourse Studies 7(6). 701–732.

Senior Lecturer

Li Shu Yun

Office: SHHK-02-26
Telephone: 6513 8021
E-mail: csli@ntu.edu.sg​​

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Ms Li is a Senior Lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre. She has been teaching and coordinating language and communication skills courses to undergraduate students of various ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. For the last decade, she has designed materials and curriculum for various courses and programmes. Her current research interests are curriculum development, materials and course design.

Selected Publications

Ng, A. C. C., Chan, S. K., Chin, S. F., Li, S. Y., & Leong, P. A. (2013). Resume writing in the real world – Do business communication textbooks really give good advice? Asian ESP Journal, 9(3). Issue 73-97.

Song, G., & Li, S. Y. (eds.). (2011). Opening our hearts: Sharings of parents of children with Down syndrome. Singapore.

Chin, S. F., Chan, S. K., Li, S. Y., & Ng, A. C. C. (2009). Teaching resume writing: Comparing two perspectives to enhance classroom practice. The English Teacher, 38. 95-110.

Heah, C. & Li, S. Y. (2003). Collaborative material design for communication skills training in an engineering curriculum. Methodology and Materials Design in Language Teaching, Anthology Series, 44. 208-222.

Li, S. Y & Heah, C. (2001). Creating a communication skills module for engineers on an international development programme”. Journal on English for Specific Purposes (ESP Malaysia), 7(1). 31-37.

Li, S. Y & Hugh, M. (1996). Metacognitive strategies in second language academic reading: A qualitative investigation. English for Specific Purposes, 15(3). 199-216.


Lim Effandi, Illyas

Office: SHHK-03-42
Telephone: 6790 4395
E-mail: llyas.limeffandi@ntu.edu.sg

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Mr Lim Effandi obtained his MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining NTU, he was a course leader at Singapore University of Social Sciences teaching semantics and pragmatics as well as language and literacy. Mr Lim Effandi has also taught communication courses at Singapore Polytechnic. He is interested in bilingualism, bilingual education and language teaching methodologies.​​​

Senior Lecturer

Lin Tzer Liang Benedict Christopher

Office: SHHK-03-21
Telephone: 6592 1563
E-mail: benedictlin@ntu.edu.sg​

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Joe MacKinnon

Office: SHHK-02-01
Telephone: 6592 7566
E-mail: jmackinnon@ntu.edu.sg​

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Mr MacKinnon joined NTU in 2009. He obtained his Masters in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before coming to NTU he worked at various universities in Japan from 1998 to 2004. He typically teaches Engineering Communication Skills I and II, and Technical Communication. He is interested in language teaching methodology and second language acquisition. He is a permanent resident of Singapore and is originally from Canada.​


Keri Matwick

Office: SHHK-02-15
Telephone: 6592 1560
E-mail: kerimatwick@ntu.edu.sg​​

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Dr. Matwick is a Lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre (LCC). She joined NTU in 2018 and teaches Academic Communications in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her research uses interactional sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and multimodal analysis to examine food media discourse, specifically cooking shows and cookbooks. With her twin sister Kelsi, Keri wrote a book on ‘food discourse,’ the written, spoken, and audiovisual discourse on food, including its preparation, preparation, and consumption, and how it expresses individual and collective sociocultural values about food. Her favorite texts to research are cooking shows, cookbooks, and food media.

She is the inaugural Editor of Pioneer Road, a student journal published by the LCC that features exemplary student works.

Keri welcomes student projects on food and language.

Selected Publications

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. (2020). Trump-Kim 2018 Singapore Summit and culinary diplomacy: The role of food and symbols in international relations. Place Branding & Public Diplomacy. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41254-020-00188-x

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. (2019). Linguistic landscape and authenticity in a Japanese supermarket in Singapore. Open Linguistics, 5(1), 532-552. DOI: 10.1515/opli-2019-0029

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. (2019). Bloopers and backstage talk on TV cooking shows. Text & Talk, 40(1), 49-74. https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2019-2052

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2018. Restaurant reviews and college writing: A framework for teaching. Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication (TJMC), 8(2), 25-37. https://aejmc.us/spig/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2018/12/TJMC-8.2-MatwickMatwick.pdf

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2018. Humor and performing gender on TV cooking shows. Humor, 31(3).

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2018. Politeness and pseudo-intimacy in a food radio call-in program. Discourse, Context & Media, 21, 46-53.

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2017. Culinary tourism in Central America: A cross-analysis of government tourism websites. Journal of Culinary Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1080/15428052.2017.1378601

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2017. Women’s language in female celebrity chef cookbooks. Celebrity Studies, 1-16.

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2017. Self-deprecatory humor on TV cooking shows. Language & Communication, 56, 33-41.

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2017. Cooking at home: A multimodal narrative analysis of the Food Network. Discourse, Context & Media. 17, 20-29.

Matwick, K. 2016. Multimodal legitimation strategies on tv cooking shows. Multimodal Communication, 5(2).

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2015. East meets West: The discourse of Japanese American cookbooks as intercultural communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 39.

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2015. Inquiry in television cooking shows. Discourse & Communication, 9(2), 313-330.

Matwick, K., & Matwick, K. 2014. Storytelling and synthetic personalization in television cooking shows. Journal of Pragmatics, 71, 151- 159.


Nalls, Irdawati Bay

Office: SHHK-03-25
Telephone: 6904 7208
E-mail: inalls@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr. Irda Nalls joined the Language and Communication Centre (LCC) at Nanyang Technological University in 2017. She received a BA in Education with specialization in English and Literature from NTU, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado (CU), America. She also has a Ph.D in Education and Human Development from CU. Prior to joining academia, she taught English in Ministry of Education-run schools for about 15 years and worked with adults from different parts of the world at the British Council for about 2 years, teaching English as a foreign language. She is passionate about bilingualism and multilingualism, and is interested in educational studies, identity and critical theories. She speaks five languages, and reads and writes in three of them. Currently, she is learning Hieroglyph with the goal of visiting Egypt to study writings on the tombs. In addition, she believes in empowering marginalized communities.

Selected Publications

Nals, I. B. (2012). [Review of the book Bilingual First Language Acquisition, by A. DeHouwer]. NABE (Sept-Dec, 2012).


Pang Su Woon

Office: SHHK-02-08
Telephone: 6592 1558
E-mail: ESWPang@ntu.edu.sg

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Ms Pang joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as a lecturer in 2001. She graduated from the University of Delaware, United States with an M.A. in Linguistics and a specialization in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition. She has taught a wide variety of courses in NTU, including Professional Communication, Technical Communication, Mastering Communication and English Proficiency. Her research interests include usage of technology to enhance language learning, language learning motivation, second and foreign language acquisition.​


Ross, Shanthi

Office: SHHK-03-41
Telephone: 6592 1565
E-mail: shanthi.ross@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr Shan is a Lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre. Her teaching experience includes ESL, EFL, EAP, and EAC, as well as faculty courses in education and linguistics. Her research interests lie in language learning strategies, culturally responsive teaching and reading difficulties with a particular interest in dyslexic students’ strategies at the tertiary level. She completed her Ph.D. thesis on a longitudinal study of the development of the reading gap among New Zealand children across different socioeconomic bands.​


See Eng Kiat

Office: SHHK-03-32
Telephone: 6790 5552
E-mail: eksee@ntu.edu.sg

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Dr See joined the Nanyang Technological University as a Lecturer in 2012. He received his PhD in Applied Linguistics from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also a classically trained musician who holds a Licentiate Diploma in Musical Theory, Criticism and Literature and an Associate Diploma in Singing (Teaching). He teaches mainly on the Scientific Communication I and II courses taken by students from the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and School of Biological Sciences. Dr See has attained an excellent track record in student feedback on his teaching at NTU. His research interests include academic writing, oral communication and discourse analysis.

Selected Publications

See, E. K., Kathpalia, S. S., & De Souza, D. (2018). A qualitative study on the communication needs of science undergraduate students at Nanyang Technological University. LCC Working Papers, (5), 31-49.

Kathpalia, S. S., & See E. K. (2016). Improving argumentation through student blogs. System, 58, 25-36.

Senior Lecturer

Tan Mia Huan

Office: SHHK-03-28
Telephone: 6514 8359
E-mail: tanmh@ntu.edu.sg​

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Ms Tan joined Nanyang Technological University in 2007 and is a senior lecturer. She received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and obtained her M.Ed. (English Language) from the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University. She typically teaches Technical Communication, Mastering Communication and English Proficiency. Her research interests include Bilingualism and Bilingual education, Literacy development of Bilingual children, and CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning).​​


Tan Woon Hong, Eunice

Office: SHHK-02-22​
Telephone: 6592 2576
E-mail: eunice.tanwh@ntu.edu.sg

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Eunice is a Lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre (LCC). She has taught academic communication skills to students from various disciplines in NTU. Her undergraduate studies in Literature were done in NUS, and she completed an MA in TESOL (Educational Technology) from the University of Manchester. She has been teaching academic communication skills for the last 13 years in Singapore and Japan. Her research interests are in the areas of inter-cultural studies, teacher professional development, educational technology and language for peacebuilding.

Senior Lecturer

Toh Koon Peng, Glenn

Office: SHHK-03-30
Telephone: 6513 2757
E-mail: GKPToh@ntu.edu.sg​​

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Dr Toh has taught English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language, and English for Specific and Academic Purposes in various locations in the Asia-Pacific including Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Singapore. He has also taught TEFL and TESOL teacher-training courses in different parts of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Singapore. Prior to returning to Singapore, Dr Toh spent eight years in Japan teaching English as a Lingua Franca as well as business and academic writing at undergraduate and post-graduate level. His research interests are academic writing and literacies.

Selected Publications

Book and book ​chapters

Oda, M. & Toh, G. (forthcoming). Significant encounters and consequential eventualities: A joint narrative of collegiality marked by struggles against reductionism, essentialism and exclusion in ELT. In N. Rudolph & B. Yazan (Eds.), Teacher identities, privilege and marginalization in English Language Teaching. Springer.

Toh, G. (2016). English as medium of instruction in Japanese higher education: Presumption, mirage or bluff? Palgrave-McMillan.

Toh, G. (2015). English in Japan: Indecisions, inequalities, and practices of relocalization. In R. Tupas (Ed.), Unequal Englishes: The politics of Englishes today (pp. 111-129). London: Palgrave McMillan.

Toh, G. (2015). Teaching English for academic purposes in a Japanese setting: problematizing and dialogizing essentialist constructions of language pedagogy, culture and identity. In M. A. Peters & T. Besley (Eds.), Paulo Freire: The global legacy (pp. 335-350). New York: Peter Lang.

Toh, G. (2015). Dialogizing ‘the known’: experience of English teaching in Japan through an assay of derivatives as a dominant motif. In D. J. Rivers (Ed.), Resistance to the known: Counter-conduct in language education (pp. 144-167). Houndmills: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Journal articles

Toh, G. (2017). Japanese Graduate School Students’ Writing in English: Facilitating Pathways towards ‘Design’. Writing and Pedagogy, 8(3), 550-573.

Toh, G. (2016). Doing justice to an English as a Lingua Franca paradigm. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 5(2), 355-367.

Toh, G. (2016). Countering essentialist conceptualizations of content knowledge in a Japanese CLIL situation. LACLIL, 9(1), 210-235.

Toh, G. (2015). ‘A Tale of Two Programs’: Interrogating ‘open(closed)ness’ and ‘cultural diversity’ through critical observations of two Japanese University English language programs. Policy Futures in Education, 13(7), 900-916.

Toh, G. (2014). English for content instruction in a Japanese higher education setting: Examining challenges, contradictions and anomalies. Language and Education, 28(4), 299-318.


Toh Lin Lin, Audrey

Office: SHHK-02-09
Telephone: 6790 4781
E-mail: alltoh@ntu.edu.sg

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Ms Toh joined the Language and Communication Centre in January 2017. She has taught courses in English literature, academic writing and management communication, and communication and writing courses at SIM University, Singapore Management University (SMU) and NTU respectively. She has also had roles as a language consultant at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business and English instructor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Since obtaining her M.A. (English) in feminist poetry from NUS and B.A. from the University of Toronto (Canada), she has also worked as a political analyst with the Ministry of Defence (Singapore). Among her research interests are political discourse and communication, business communication and crisis management and the linguistic habits of Chinese students writing in English.​

Senior Lecturer

Kristina Marie Tom

Office: SHHK-02-10
Telephone: 6592 1540
E-mail: kmtom@ntu.edu.sg

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Kristina Marie Tom is a senior lecturer at NTU’s Language and Communication Centre, and has a particular passion for teaching public speaking and writing. A former book critic and journalist for The Straits Times, Kristina has published poetry, fiction and criticism. She is currently the recipient of an NAC Creation Grant for her novel Turtle Mountain, as well as an EdeX Grant for research on student-faculty partnership in curriculum design.​

Senior Lecturer

Roger Winder

Office: SHHK-03-34
Telephone: 6513 7639
E-mail: rogerwinder@ntu.edu.sg​

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Mr Winder first joined the Language and Communication Centre in 2008. Since obtaining his M.A. (English Language) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1996, he has taught courses in linguistics, communication skills and English proficiency at NTU, NUS, Singapore Management University, the National Institute of Education, and SIM University (now Singapore University of Social Sciences). Prior to joining NTU in 2008, Mr Winder was the Programme Director at Action for AIDS, a non-governmental organisation dealing with HIV/AIDS issues. Apart from teaching writing and communication skills courses, he runs the LCC Communication Cube, a peer-tutoring service for NTU students. Among his research interests are coaching strategies for peer-assisted writing, the use of technology in teaching and critical discourse analysis.​


Shannen Teo

Office: SHHK-02-19
Telephone: 6513 7635
E-mail: shannenTeo@ntu.edu.sg​​​

Senior Executive

Siti Sulaiha bte Kamsani

Office: SHHK-02-19
Telephone: 6513 7633
E-mail: sulaiha_kamsani@ntu.edu.sg

Senior Executive

Gowri d/o Maruthan

Office: SHHK-02-19
Telephone: ​6908 2311
E-mail: Gowri@ntu.edu.sg​​


Nuraini Binte Mohamed Rabi

Office: SHHK-02-19
Telephone: 6513 7603
E-mail: nuraini.rabi@ntu.edu.sg