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English Language and Literature

Academic Group

  • Welcome to the English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group of the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

    The English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group is committed to high-quality research and innovative teaching in the areas of English language and linguistics, literature, and English teacher education. We have a strong team of highly dedicated faculty members engaged in cutting-edge disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and education research, committed to bringing theoretically-robust and practice-relevant perspectives to our classrooms. Our research culture embraces the diverse academic interests of our faculty and students, and the vision for our teaching is shaped by our mission to develop critically-engaged, socially-responsible, knowledgeable, and passionate individuals and English teachers for the 21st century. As an academic department within an institution devoted to teacher education, a key thrust of ELL is to develop impactful research and teaching in partnership with schools and teachers.

    We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our flagship coursework programmes are the four-year direct honours Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree programme, the 16-month Postgraduate Diploma in Education, the Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics), and the Master of Education (English). Research degrees that can be undertaken with us include the Master of Arts (Research) and the Doctor of Philosophy. We also offer professional development courses for English language and literature teachers, and host the Teachers’ Language Development Centre (TLDC) which runs courses that help student teachers develop the English language and communication skills they need for their studies and for their teaching careers.

    Across all our programmes and courses, we endeavour to provide a supportive space for our students to critically engage with pertinent issues and to grow in their competencies. Our classes tend to be interactive and reflective of 21st century pedagogies, with experiential, authentic, place-based, collaborative, and technology-enabled learning featuring in many of our courses. We believe our students are an integral part of the character of ELL, and deeply value the interesting mix of students that we have as well as the diverse experiences that they bring with them to ELL.

    With over forty faculty members, we have an exceptional breadth of areas of research and study represented in our academic group. We invite you to discover more about what we do in ELL by exploring the rest of our website

    Head, English Language and Literature

     Ramona-Tang-(160-x-200)

    Associate Professor
    Ramona Tang

  • If you want to know more about our faculty's research interests, click here.

  • The Teachers’ Language Development Centre (TLDC) at NIE where we help student teachers develop the English language and communication skills they need for their studies and for their teaching careers.

    Click here for more information.

  • We offer a wide range of Professional Development courses for English Language and Literature teachers at all stages of their career. These courses focus on developing practical and essential skills and knowledge for teachers in schools. In addition, we can meet specific training needs of schools through customised in-service courses. 

    Advanced Diploma

    A part-time Professional Development programme currently being offered by ELL is the Advanced Diploma in Primary English Language Education (ADPELE). Participants will be required to complete 8 courses (20 Academic Units) within five years to qualify for the award of the Advanced Diploma. Alternatively, the individual courses making up the ADPELE can also be taken as standalone Professional Development courses.

    Collaboration with the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS)

    At present, ELL is collaborating with ELIS to offer a 96-hour Professional Learning Programme (PLP) for EL Teacher Leaders (i.e. Senior teachers, Lead teachers, Key Personnel). This programme aims to help EL Teacher Leaders without a specialisation in English to deepen their Subject Content Knowledge (SCK) in order to teach EL more effectively. It is co-facilitated by ELL faculty and ELIS Master Teachers.

    Samples of other Professional Development courses 

    Some examples of other Professional Development courses offered by ELL faculty include Grammar for Assessment, Pedagogical Grammar for English, Teaching Julius Caesar, How to Read and Fruitfully ‘Unpack’ Poems, Interpreting Drama through Performance, and Understanding Drama as Text and Performance.

    For any enquiries on professional development, please email Dr. Norhaida Aman, ELL's Professional Development programme leader: norhaida.aman@nie.edu.sg    

     


  • English in Southeast Asia (ESEA) Conference (more information)

    20 April 2017: The 8th NIE-ELL Postgraduate Conference on Language and Education (PGC 2017): “One Wordy World: Graduate Research in Language and Literature”. (Website)

    22 April 2016: The 7th NIE-ELL Postgraduate Conference on Language and Education (PGC 2016): "Current Research in English Education in Asia". (News and Gallery)

    3 to 5 December 2015: TESOL Regional Conference: “Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning”. (Website)

    4 June 2015: Arts, Humanities and Literature Conference: “Live(d) Experiences: Imagination, Wonder and Space of IM/possibilities Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning”. (Website)

  • Admission Enquiries

    Our Office of Teacher Education and Office of Graduate Programmes and Professional Learning handle admission enquiries and other related information.

    For those interested in MOE teaching scholarships & awards, and the admission/application procedures for international and full-fee paying applicants, please refer to this link.


    For enquiries related to specific programmes:

    Diploma in Education (DipEd)
    For further enquiries on admission requirements, please email to:
    nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg

    Bachelor of Arts (Education), Bachelor of Science (Education) & Bachelor of Education (BEd)
    For more information on the undergraduate programmes, please refer to the website by clicking here.

    For further enquiries on admission requirements, please email to:
    nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg

    Postgraduate Diploma In Education (PGDE)

    For more information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), please refer to this link.

    For further enquiries on admission requirements, please email to:
    nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg

    Higher Degree by Coursework (M.A. & M.Ed.)
    Higher Degree by Research (Ph.D. & M.A.)
    Doctor in Education (Ed.D.)

    For more information on graduate programmes, please refer to this link.

    For further enquiries on admission requirements, please email to:
    nieadmpp@nie.edu.sg

    Professional Development Courses

    For more information on professional development courses, please refer to this link.

    For further enquiries, please email to:
    inservice@nie.edu.sg


    Information for Visitors

    ELL welcomes visitors from various institutions who wish to find out more about our programmes and research activities.

    To enquire about a visit, please contact Ms. Valerie Sim (Assistant Head, Public, International and Alumni Relations) at pheilin.sim@nie.edu.sg.