Research

My academic background is in Applied Linguistics, specifically TESOL and language testing. In recent years, my research interests have shifted somewhat to (language) assessment, digital literacies and education in general. I am particularly interested in the assessment of digital literacies, e-learning and e-assessment, formative assessment and assessment literacy issues. (What are digital literacies? Here's a very short explanation by Dr Steve Wheeler.)

I wrote my master's thesis on the topic of 'Test-taker discourse and assessment criteria in the OET speaking subtest', under the supervision of Prof Tim McNamara at the University of Melbourne (download a version of my thesis). I took a rather uncomplicatedly positivist approach to research then. Since beginning my PhD studies at Lancaster University, however, I have acquired a deeper understanding and appreciation of the qualitative research paradigm. 

This is a short presentation I created to illustrate my journey as a researcher.

My PhD project on the assessment of digital literacies is supervised by Dr Luke Harding. I have a separate ePortfolio for my PhD workI can also be found on Academia.edu and ResearchGate.

My publications:

Ellis, M., Pillai, A. D., & Chan, H. (2015). The evolution of an online writing test standardisation in a pre­service communications skills course for teachers in Singapore. ELTWO, VII. Retrieved from http://blog.nus.edu.sg/eltwo/2015/10/21/the-evolution-of-an-online-writing-test-standardisation-in-a-pre-service-communications-skills-course-for-teachers-in-singapore/


My conference presentations:
  • Chan H. (2015, May). Assessing digital literacies in the Singapore language classroom. Paper presented at 2nd Asian Association for Language Assessment Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ng, S., & Chan, H. (2013, July). Formative assessment in the 21st century: Assessment and literacy practices in a FutureSchool@Singapore. Paper presented at 8th Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching, Lancaster, UK. 
  • Wong, G., Chan, H., & Lye S. Y. (2013, June). #edsg the unPD way for teachers’ professional development. Paper presented at Redesigning Pedagogy 2013, Singapore. 
  • Yim, S. Y., Ng, S., & Chan, H. (2012, May). Assessment for learning: The case of Singapore. Paper presented at Korea English Language Testing Association (KELTA) 2012 Annual International Conference, Seoul, Korea.