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.
Joanne Chia is with the Language and Communication Centre at Nanyang Technology University (NTU), Singapore and has previously taught at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) as well as in the Gifted Education Programme in the Ministry of Education (MOE). She graduated with a Ph.D. in English from NTU where she read W.B. Yeats and Derek Mahon. Her teaching research interests include exploring the relationship between interdisciplinary thinking and writing.
Ms. Tina Chung is a Lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre. Prior to joining the LCC, she worked as a trained teacher for over two decades teaching English, Literature, and English as a foreign language to local and international high school students. Her research for her Master of Arts in English focused on the presentation of women’s work in nineteenth-century novels, and she tutored undergraduate modules including Post-Colonial, Victorian, and Singapore Literature. Ms. Chung is interested in the pedagogical effects of multi-modal reading across genres on the thinking and representation of ideas, as well as the nature, validity and relevance of literary and language assessment.
Nimrod earned his PhD from the University of the Philippines in 2019. In 2006, he completed his M.A. in English Language and Literature Teaching at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. During the COVID-19 pandemic (2021), he completed a Certificate in Business Analytics for Strategic Decisions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. Nimrod has extensive teaching experience both in Singapore and in the Philippines. His teaching interests include inquiry, communication, rhetoric, and critical thinking. His current research interests constitute reflective teaching, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, rhetoric, semiotics, and development communication.
Ho Jia Xuan graduated in 2021 with a PhD from NTU , where he also completed his undergraduate studies (2011) and MA programme (2013). His research interests lie in the field of time and narrative, specifically in the works of Dermot Healy and J.M. Coetzee. When he isn't reading or writing, JX enjoys the occasional glass of wine and watching the beautiful game of football.
Mr. Hong completed his MA in English Literature at NTU in 2020, for which he wrote an analysis of the scientific and mathematical concepts behind the works of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. Prior to his MA, he obtained his BA in English Literature at NTU in 2017.
He is interested in exploring the value of hard science fiction as a medium of communication popular science. In addition, he also has plans for writing science fiction of his own.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
Jean holds a Ph.D. and an MA in Applied Linguistics from NIE NTU. She obtained her post-graduate Diploma in Education from the Institute of Education (NUS) and her Bachelor's degree in Arts from the National University of Singapore.
Jean has taught English language and communication skills in various tertiary institutions in Singapore for the last 15 years and has received several teaching commendations and awards. In AY2019/20, Jean won the NTU SOH Lecturer Excellence Award (LEX) which recognises her contributions to teaching.
Currently, Jean teaches Engineering Communication courses and contributes to the development of teaching and learning material as a member of the Engineering Curriculum team. She is also a consultant in the SOH Peer Teaching Consultation programme that provides teaching feedback for faculty members. Jean is the Co-PI for an interdisciplinary research project that is sponsored by the Ministry of Education-Teaching Research Fund (4th) to evaluate the effectiveness of co-teaching programs to help students to learn about communication skills in the context of an engineering classroom.
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.
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.
Ms Liem is a lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre (LCC). She has been teaching since 2000 and has diverse teaching experiences: English Language and Literature at Ministry of Education schools, Life Skills and Communication courses and Professional and Adult Continuing Education courses at Singapore Polytechnic, and currently academic communication courses at NTU. She completed her Master of Education (MEd) in English Language from NTU/NIE. Her interests include educational technology and teaching methodology for differentiated learning.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Nuraliah is a Lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre (LCC). She obtained her Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing in 2015. Her thesis is a work of creative piece that highlights issues such as marginality, isolation and socio-historical traumas through the writing practices and considerations of contemporary mythopoesis. That work eventually resulted in The Gatekeeper, the novel which won her the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. Her writing, both fiction and non-fiction, has been published in several journals, magazines and anthologies. These include Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), Budi Kritik, Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out, and Singa-Pura-Pura: Malay Speculative Fiction from Singapore. Her research interests are in the practices and modes of narratives and storytelling, especially in the way they construct and deconstruct cultural and political imaginaries. Her creative writing often centres on subjects of family, community, society, religion, and inequality. Outside of research and writing, Nuraliah enjoys video gaming and walking.
Dr Nicole Ong received her PhD in English Literature from Nanyang Technological University in 2020. Her research explores the intersection between trauma theory and narrative studies, particularly the role of literary analysis in shaping the discourse
of contemporary war trauma fiction. She has taught courses in English literature, critical thinking, academic writing, and communication at NTU since 2014, before joining the LCC as a full-time lecturer in 2021.
Dr Ong is passionate about developing strategies for enhancing student-centred learning, and for teaching close reading and persuasive writing skills. She also has extensive experience as an editor in academic, traditional, and digital publishing. Beyond academia, she is involved in advocacy work for sexual assault victims and survivors.
Prior to joining NTU-LCC full-time, Jerrold taught and facilitated a variety of courses on Academic Writing, Professional Communication, Linguistics and English Language in various institutions. Having studied Linguistics and English Literature, he enjoys a good conversation on such topics like first language acquisition, sociolinguistics, poetry and the works of Shakespeare and Jane Austen. He has a particular interest in English in Singapore and Singlish, and how language is used to build, communicate, and maintain relationships, both personal and professional, and in various contexts. Jerrold relishes learning about different cultures, particularly through engagement with the language, history, arts, and cuisine, and loves watching musical theatre and historical dramas.
Prasanthi Ram is a lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). After receiving her BA in English literature from the National University of Singapore in 2014 and her MA in creative writing from the University of Sydney in 2016, she most recently completed her PhD in creative writing at NTU. Her short stories have been anthologised in Food Republic: A Singapore Literary Banquet (Landmark Books: 2020) and A Tapestry of Colours 2: Stories from Asia (Marshall Cavendish: 2021), as well as published in various online journals including The Willowherb Review. Outside of fiction writing, she contributes to Singapore Unbound's literary and arts blog SP Blog as both a reviewer and an essay reader. She is also the co-founder and fiction editor of Mahogany Journal, an online literary journal dedicated to South Asian anglophone writers born or based in Singapore.
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.
Ms Soh completed her MA in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies in 2019, where she described and analysed serial verb constructions of the Shan language. She was trained mainly in functional linguistics and in language documentation, with her training shaping the way she views language. She is fascinated by the workings of language and how it reveals the way an individual conceptualises their world.
She is currently interested in literacy education and bridging it for marginalised children and women so that they may flourish and be afforded more opportunities.
Esther Wansing Soo is a lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre (LCC) at Nanyang Technological University. Since obtaining her B. Ed. from the University of Toronto and M.A (Applied Linguistics) from the National University of Singapore, she has accumulated over twenty years of teaching experiences in various universities and schools in Canada, China and Singapore, teaching English as a Second Language, academic writing, and communication skills to students from different disciples at the universities. She has also taught cross-culturally to students of various ethnic and indigenous backgrounds, and designed curricula for oral proficiency programs. Among her research interests are pedagogies that promote cross-cultural competence, language acquisition, problem-based learning, and curriculum design.
Audrey has been teaching at NTU since doing her Master of Arts in English in 2019. Aside from LCC courses, she has also taught Introduction to Creative Writing under HSS. Her thesis was a project of short stories accompanied by a critical study on short story theories, narratology, and other themes such as time and memory. She continues the difficult yet rewarding practice of fiction writing, while copiously reading short stories.
Audrey’s fiction has been published locally and overseas, and she is an editor of the Journal of Practice, Research and Tangential Activities (PR&TA). She hopes to publish more short fiction, and to explore academic research in areas related to the Singapore short story, as well as how narrative theories can intersect with pedagogical approaches on reading and writing. Previously, she has worked as a copywriter and interned as a journalist.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Kristina Marie Tom is a Senior Lecturer at LCC. Since she joined NTU in 2009, Kristina has spent more than a decade writing, researching, designing curriculum, and teaching students across the University, from CoHASS to CoE. Her academic leadership experience includes leading curriculum design teams and coordinating teaching faculty for large courses; leading research teams; setting language exams for the QET and UEE; leading Technology-Enhanced Learning course transformations; and hiring, training, and mentoring junior faculty. Outside of her core work with LCC, she remains highly involved in student life and development: she has coordinated leadership communication skills training for NTU’s Student Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) since 2019, has taught with the MOE/NTU Bridging Programme, supervised young researchers with URECA, and served as a Hall Fellow/Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) since 2011, with her current appointment at Tamarind Hall seeing her spearhead Residential Education efforts and student wellbeing as lead of the newly formed Residential Student Care Team. Kristina’s publications include research, literary criticism, and creative work. An award-winning writer, she is the recipient of an EdeX grant for her pedagogical research, an NAC Creation Grant for her novel Turtle Mountain, and an MOE AcRF Tier 1 grant for her research into Singapore’s linguistic landscapes.
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.
Dr. Kate Wright is a lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre at Nanyang Technological University. She received her PhD in English Literature in 2007 at the University of Wales, Aberystwth. In 2012, she was awarded the British Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education. Dr. Wright has broad experience in teaching critical reading skills, research practice and academic writing in English. She also has subject-specialist teaching experience in women's fiction, literary theory, and gender and diversity studies.
Dr. Wright's research interests are in gender, diversity, intersectional reading practices, feminism, and women's writing and the Gothic.