Christine C. M. Goh


Dean, Graduate Studies & Professional Learning

Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL), English Language & Literature (ELL)

Office Location

Ph.D (Linguistics), Lancaster University, UK


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Research Interests
Oracy and spoken discourse; listening comprehension, speech production and pronunciation; bilingual and second language acquisition; metacognition in language development; language teaching and assessment; language teacher cognition and education; managing change in language education

  • Christine Goh received her PhD (Linguistics) from the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University and her MA (Applied English Linguistics), which was supported by the British Chevening Scholarship, from the Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics, Birmingham University. She is Professor of Linguistics and Language Education in the English Language and Literature Academic Group (ELL) and holds a concurrent appointment as Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning at the National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological University, Singapore. As Dean and previously as Associate Dean for Higher Degrees, Christine has been actively involved in the review, conceptualising, planning and implementation of NIE’s strategic initiatives for teacher continuing education through in-service, Masters and Doctoral programmes in the past eight years. She has developed an academic interest in continual teacher professional learning as a result.

    Qualified as a secondary school English teacher, Christine is a teacher educator and researcher with a strong interest in the interface between linguistic theories and language education. Christine is known internationally and locally for her research and scholarship in English language education, particularly in the areas of metacognition and oracy (listening and speaking) for bilingual and second language learners. She has an abiding interest in oracy development among English language learners and the strengthening of teacher competence in bilingual and second language oracy instruction.   An author of 10 books and over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and international book chapters, she is frequently cited for her work and invited to speak at regional and international conferences.  

    Her books Teaching Speaking: A Holistic Approach (with Anne Burns, 2012, Cambridge University Press) and Teaching and Learning Second Language Listening: Metacognition in Action (with Larry Vandergrift, 2012, Routledge) have been adopted internationally as key references in many university language teacher education programmes.   Teaching Listening in the Language Classroom (2002, SEAMEO RELC),a teacher resource book, has been translated into Chinese and Portuguese. Christine’s books that examine theories and issues of language acquisition and development include Language Learning in New English Contexts: Studies of Acquisition and Development (co-edited with Rita Silver and Lubna Alsagoff, 2009, Continuum/Bloomsbury), and Language Learning: Home, School and Society (with Rita Silver, 2006, Pearson). Christine’s forthcoming books include Teaching English Language Learners in Academic Contexts (with Jonathan Newton, Dana Ferris, William Grabe and Fredricka Stoller, Routledge).

    Some of her recent book chapters on language teacher education are found in high-impact international references for language teacher educators and language teachers: The Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice in Second Language Teaching (2nd ed.) (edited by Anne Burns and Jack Richards, 2012), Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed.) (edited by Marianne Celce-Murcia, Donna M. Brinton, & Marguerite Ann Snow, 2014), and  the forthcoming The Cambridge Guide to Learning a Second Language (edited by Jack Richards and Anne Burns) and TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching by Wiley and TESOL International. 

    Her scholarly contributions also appear in influential applied linguistics handbooks: The Handbook of Language Teaching (edited by Michael Long and Catherine Doughty, 2009) and The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes (edited by Brian Paltridge and Sue Starfield, 2012) in the Wiley-Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series, The Routledge Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Vol.3  (edited by Eli Hinkel, forthcoming 2017), The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness (edited by Peter Garrett and Josep Maria Cots, forthcoming 2017) and Sourcebook of Listening Research Methodology and Measures by Wiley (edited by Debra Worthington and Graham Bodie, forthcoming 2017).

    Other book chapters that Christine authors can be found in edited volumes published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave-Macmillan, TESOL International, University of Michigan Press, Continuum, Bloomsbury Academic, Multilingual Matters, Springer and Routledge, Taylor & Francis. Her journal articles have appeared in journals such as Language Teaching Research, Language Learning, Language TeachingSystem, ELT Journal, Language and Education, RELC Journal, Language Awareness, Language Assessment Quarterly, Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, Teaching in Higher Education, European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL, Contemporary Foreign Language Studies, International Journal of Listening and Asian Journal of English Language and Pedagogy She is also the guest editor for three journals on the themes of second language listening and speaking.

    Christine began her long career in NIE as a programme leader and tutor in the lesser-known but highly successful intensive Academic English programme that prepared international students on scholarships to embark on NTU and NUS undergraduate studies. She subsequently taught on the following pre-service programmes for Singapore English Language teachers: Diploma in Education (Dip. Ed.), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary and Bachelor of Arts (Education). She was a Programme Leader for the MA in Applied Linguistics and also taught on the Master of Education (English Language) as well as the Postgraduate Diploma in ELT, which was a programme for College English lecturers from the PRC. She also held the appointment of Deputy Head for ELL for several years. In addition to her current NIE leadership responsibilities, Christine continues to teach a Masters course and supervise PhD research. She has successfully graduated a number of PhD students and is an experienced external examiner for PhD theses and higher degree programmes for other IHLs.

    Christine was an elected member of the NTU Senate and is now an elected member of the 9-member NTU Advisory Board, a member of the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS) Council of the Ministry of Education, Singapore, and the Associate Chair of the Global Listening Centre. She is on the editorial advisory board of several international journals in applied linguistics, including System, and is a co-editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education (Routledge Taylor & Francis) and Pedagogies: An International Journal (Routledge Taylor & Francis). She was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014.

    Christine enjoys conversations with her colleagues and friends over a cup of tea and local food. She listens to the BBC World Service and 938Live every day. Her weekends are spent mostly on writing and enjoying time with her family and their two cats, watching British and Hong Kong drama and in the company of a good book. Two of her current favourite authors are Tash Aw and Tan Twan Eng.   

  • Research/ Supervisory Interests:

    • Metacogntive, cognitive and social processes in listening and speaking
    • Teaching and assessment of  speaking, listening and pronunciation
    • Speaking-writing relationships 
    • Language learner metacognition
    • English bilingual learners’ oracy development, thinking and academic learning
    • Small group talk in English and English-medium classrooms
    • Discourse intonation of speakers of English as an International Language
    • Language teacher cognition and teacher learning
    • Management of innovation and change in English language education