Teaching & assessment

On this page I share my Google Sites and other artefacts related to my teaching and assessment work. They showcase my efforts, as a dedicated educator, to facilitate learning.

I was previously an English Language teacher but in recent years have taught other courses that draw on my background in Applied Linguistics. In my teaching I make use of ICT and educational technology to achieve some of my pedagogical aims more effectively and efficiently, as well as to achieve others only possible with technology. It is a habit of mine to create a Google Site for each course that I teach. This allows me to aggregate all the resources I want to share with students. They need only a single link to access everything.

Courses I teach/have taught

Communication Skills for Teachers at NIE

I taught this course as part of various pre-service programmes at NIE, and was also the Course Chair/Coordinator for the DipEd version of the course. I curated online resources on Diigo for the use of all tutors on all versions of the course, and also created this Google Site for my student-teachers to learn about the basics of pronunciation. 

Language, Society & the Individual at SIM-UB

I taught this sociolinguistics course to non-linguistics majors. The most challenging aspect was the group research project that students had to complete as part of their assessments.

Understanding English Grammar at SUSS

I was the course leader for this course in its final year before it was retired. This Google Site helped students learn this rather challenging subject both in and out of class.  

Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science at NUS CELC

This is a compulsory course for first-year science undergraduates. I built this site so that my students could continue their learning out of class. I also hoped to cultivate their interest in science communication.

Reflection and ePortfolio at SUSS

This is a blended course that I also developed. I have subsequently conducted workshops on this important topic.

Assessment & Evaluation in Language Learning at NIE

This is an in-service course that is part of the Advanced Diploma in Primary English Language Education programme. It was a great privilege for me to teach this, as assessment courses for teachers are rather rare.

Academic discourse at various tertiary institutions

I have now taught this, in different forms, at NAFA, NIE, NUS, NTU and SUSS. This breadth of experience has raised my awareness of the diversity of student needs in this area. It has also made me more reflective of my own academic writing practices.

Other education-related projects

English Language Entrance Proficiency Test 

This was a test development project for the Ministry of Education, Singapore. The test aims to assess the English language proficiency of applicants to the pre-service teacher education programmes at the National Institute of Education.

NIE Well Said mobile app 

[iOS version] I was very fortunate to have worked on the development of this mobile app for learning Standard Singapore English pronunciation, as part of a team that also included my colleagues Dr Mary EllisA/P Low Ee Ling and the staff of NIE Centre for eLearning.

Dr Mary Ellis and I initially conceived of this idea as a way for pre-service teachers to work on their pronunciation at their convenience, as well as in class. We are gratified to find that since its launch, it has also been used by school teachers with their pupils. Such mobile apps can therefore not only enable self-directed learning on the part of educators, but also help them help their learners enable it.

I am not a software developer and was involved mainly in the content. However, working on this project gave me great insights into the development cycle of mobile apps. M-learning (mobile learning) is often considered a 21st century 'game changer' in education, and lends itself to the learning of digital literacies. The experience also forced me to consider issues of UI (user interface) design, something that I had not consciously thought about previously. This has made me more digitally literate and a better designer of learning resources, and hopefully paves the way for more mobile app development work in my future.

Teaching Portfolio

I created this in 2012 while I was still a full-time lecturer at NIE. We were required to submit a print portfolio for appraisal purposes.