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LOW Ee Ling

Head, Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality
65928250
eeling.low@nie.edu.sg
NIE1-03-17

Associate Professor Ee-Ling Low currently heads the Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (SPAQ) and she is concurrently, an Associate Professor of English Language & Literature. Her previous appointments include, Associate Dean for Programme and Student Development at the Office of Teacher Education (2009-2013) and Sub-Dean for Degree Programmes (2004-2009). She served as Chair of the Secretariat of NIE’s Programme Review & Enhancement (PRE) initiative, which culminated in NIE’s Teacher Education Model for the 21st Century (TE21) and served as a co-chair of the Programmes Core Team for the TE21 implementation steering group from 2008-2012. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics (Acoustic Phonetics) from the University of Cambridge, UK under the Nanyang Technological University–National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship. In 2008, she won the Fulbright Advanced Research Scholarship which she spent at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She was a visiting professor at the Dept of Linguistics at Chulalongkorn University in June 2008. She is a Centre Fellow for the Research Centre for Language Education and Acquisition in Multilingual Societies appointed by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIE) and serves as the external BA programme Examiner for their joint BA programme in Applied Linguistics with China. She has served as a consultant to undergraduate programme development for the Emirates College for Advanced Education and been involved in funding requests and project management internationalisation work in the Temasek Foundation-NIE Educational Leaders Programme for Vietnam which aims to upgrade the quality of educational leadership in Vietnam. She has published several books on English Linguistics and Phonetics and many articles and book chapters on speech rhythm, stress and intonation and teacher education which have appeared in journals like AILA Review, Language & Speech, TESOL Quarterly, English Worldwide, World Englishes, Australian Journal of Teacher Education & the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education.

She has been an invited keynote speaker to numerous international conferences and symposia in both World Englishes and Teacher Education, including at the Great Teachers Colloquium at the invite of Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage, Alaska, in April 2013, the New York Times Conference on “Schools for a Better Tomorrow” held in New York in October 2012 and the Public Symposium on Building and Sustaining a Quality Teaching Workforce co-organised by Asia Society and the World Affairs Council in Seattle in January 2013. In February 2014, she has been invited to deliver a keynote address by Houston APlus Dinner Series featuring Luminaries from Education Systems around the world. She has won numerous competitive grants in both Teacher Education and World Englishes. She has worked on the Singapore case study with Professor Linda Darling Hammond for the commissioned study by the Global Cities in Education (GCEN) network helmed by the Asia Society on “Developing and Building a High Quality Teaching Workforce” as Associate Investigator. She is currently the consultant for the Singapore team in the International Teacher Quality Study headed by Professor Linda Darling-Hammond at Stanford University. She is also on the Singapore team of the Global Education Innovators’ Inititiative helmed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has served on the editorial board of the Regional Language Centre international journal and the Springer Open Access Journal, Multilingual Education. She was also appointed by the government to serve on the national committee of the Speak Good English Movement in Singapore from 2006-2012. She has also served on the board of the Fulbright Association of Singapore and the United Nations Association of Singapore. In 2008–10, she served as the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), a role for which she was then awarded fellowship of APERA in recognition of her dedication and commitment to her service in 2010. She is currently the President of the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics and President of the St Joseph’s Convent Alumnae. She has been the strand leader of the initial teaching education section of the Teacher Learning strand of the institute’s overall research agenda till 2013. In 2012, she was awarded the Public Adminstration (Bronze) model by the President of the Republic of Singapore in recognition for her dedication and commitment towards furthering the cause of education in Singapore. Her latest co-edited book to be published by Springer in 2014 entitled, “Educational Policy Innovations: Levelling Up and Sustaining Educational Achievement” looks at not just the success factors of high performing education systems but the challenges faced in staying continually ahead of the curve. Her forthcoming research monograph commissioned by Routledge is entitled, “Pronunciation for English as an International Language: From Research to Practice” is in production for publication later in 2014.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Low, E.L. (2014). Singapore's English Language Policy and Language Teacher Education: A Foundation for its Educational Success. IN Lee, S.K., Lee, W.O. & Low, E.L. (EDS.), Educational Policy Innovations: Levelling Up and Sustaining Educational Achievement (PP. 85-102). Amsterdam: Springer.
Lee, W.O., Low, E.L. & Lee, S.K. (2014). How Useful Are the Experiences of the High Performing Education Systems?. IN Lee, S.K., Lee, W.O. & Low, E.L. (EDS.), Educational Policy Innovations: Levelling Up and Sustaining Educational Achievement (PP. 17-27). Singapore: Springer.
Lee, S.K., Lee, W.O., Low, E.L. & Tan S.Y.J. (2014). Introduction: Levelling Up and Sustaining Educational Achievement. IN Lee, S.K., Lee, W.O., & Low, E.L. (EDS.), Educational Policy Innovations: Levelling and Sustaining Educatinal Achievement (PP. 1-16). Singapore: Springer.
Lee, S.K. & Low, E.L. (2014). Conceptualising Teacher Preparation for Educational Innovation: Singapore’s Approach. IN Lee, S.K., Lee, W.O. & Low, E.L. (EDS.), Educational Policy Innovations: Levelling Up and Sustaining Educational Achievement (PP. 49-70). Amsterdam: Springer.
Low, E.L., Azirah, H, Ran, A & Phillip, A.S. (2012). Works on English in Southeast Asia (by ). IN Low, E.L. & Azirah, H. (EDS.), English in Southeast Asia: Features, Policy & Language in Use (PP. TBA). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Low, E.L. (2012). Singapore English. IN Low, E.L. & Azirah, H. (EDS.), English in Southeast Asia: Features, Policy & Language in Use (PP. TBA). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Tan, O.S., Liu, W.C. & Low, E.L. (2012). Educational Reforms and Teacher Education Innovations in Singapore. IN Tan, O.S. (ED.), Teacher Education Frontiers: International Perspectives on Policy and Practice for Building New Teacher Competencies (PP. 71-92). Singapore: Cengage Learning Asia.
Low, E.L. & Azirah, H. (2012). Introduction. IN Low, E.L. & Azirah, H. (EDS.), English in Southeast Asia: Features, Policy & Language in Use (PP. TBA). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Low, E.L. (2010). English in Singapore and Malaysia: Similarities and Differences. IN Kirkpatrick, A. (ED.), Routledge Handbook for World Englishes (PP. 229--246). London: Routledge.
Low, E.L. (2010). Sounding local and going global: implications for pronunciation teaching.. IN Lim, L., Pakir, A., & Wee, L. (EDS.), English in Singapore: Modernity and Management (PP. To be announced). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Chong, S., & Low, E. L. (2010). Universitising" of Initial Teacher Education. IN Chen, A.Y. & Koay, S.L. (EDS.), Transforming Teaching, Inspiring Learning (PP. 133-146). Singapore: National Institute of Education.
Deterding, D & Low, E.L (2007). Use of would in standard Singapore English. IN R. Tupas, Y. Yuan & C. Nur (EDS.), Changing Perspectives of Grammar in the Classroom (PP. 101-106). Singapore: Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics.
Low, E.L. & Deterding, D (2007). Use of the past perfective in standard Singapore English. IN R. Tupas, Y. Yuan & C. Nur (EDS.), Changing Perspectives of Grammar in the Classroom (PP. 95-100). Singapore: Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics.
Low, E.L (2006). A review of recent research on speech rhythm: some insights for language acquisition, language disorders and language teaching. IN R. Hughes (ED.), Spoken English, Applied Linguistics and TESOL: Challenges for Theory and Practice (PP. 99-125). NA: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lim, S.S. & Low, E.L (2005). Triphthongs in Singapore English. IN D. Deterding, A. Brown & E.L. Low (EDS.), English in Singapore: Phonetic Research on a Corpus (PP. 64-73). Singapore: McGraw-Hill (Education) Asia.
Deterding, D. & Low, E.L (2005). The NIE corpus of spoken Singapore English. IN D. Deterding, A. Brown & E.L. Low (EDS.), English in Singapore: Phonetic Research on a Corpus (PP. 1-6). Singapore: McGraw-Hill (Education) Asia.
Ong P K F, Deterding, D & Low E L (2005). Rhythm in Singapore and British English: a comparative study of indices. IN Deterding, D, Brown, A & Low E L (EDS.), English in Singapore: Phonetic Research on a Corpus (PP. 74-85). Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education (Asia).
Low, E.L (2003). Teaching Word Stress. IN E.L. Low and S. Noor (ED.), Teaching Tips for Teachers and Parents of Preschoolers and Primary School Children (PP. 14-17). Singapore: Society for Reading and Literacy.
Low, E L & Deterding, D (2003). A corpus-based description of particles in spoken Singapore English. IN Deterding, D, Low, E L & Brown, A (EDS.), English in Singapore: Research on Grammar (PP. 58-66). Singapore: McGraw-Hill.
Grabe, E. & Low, E. L. (2002). Acoustic Correlates of Rhythm Class. IN Gussenhoven, C., & Warner, N. (EDS.), Laboratory Phonology 7 (PP. 515-546). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Low E L, Deterding D & Brown A (2002). The nature and importance of pronunciation features in Singapore English. IN Low, E L & Teng S C (EDS.), The Teaching and Use of Standard English (PP. 33-44). Singapore: Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics.
Low E L & Deterding D. (2002). Recent research into the pronunciation of Singapore English. IN Kirkpatrick A (ED.), Englishes in Asia: Communication, Identity, Power and Education (PP. 179-190). NA: Language Australia Ltd.
Low, E.L (2000). Is lexical stress placement different in Singapore English and British English?. IN A. Brown, D. Deterding & E. L. Low (EDS.), The English Language in Singapore: Research on Pronunciation (PP. 22-34). Singapore: Singapore Association of Applied Linguistics.
Low, E.L (2000). A comparison of the pitch range of Singapore English and British English speakers. IN A. Brown, D. Deterding and E.L. Low (ED.), The English Language in Singapore: Research on Pronunciation (PP. 46-52). Singapore: Singapore Association of Applied Linguistics.

BOOKS

Lee, S.K., Lee, W.O. & Low, E.L. (EDS.). (2014). Educational Policy Innovations: Levelling Up and Sustaining Educational Achievement (PP. 242). Amsterdam: Springer.
Low, E.L. (2014). Pronunciation for English as an International Language: From Research to Practice (PP. 300). London: Routledge.
Low, E.L & Azirah, H. (EDS.). (2012). English in Southeast Asia: Features, Policy & Language in Use (PP. 382). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Leong, P. A., Deterding, D. & Low, E. L. (2006). An introduction to linguistics (PP. 195). Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education (Asia).
Low, E.L. & Brown, A. (2005). Singapore English: An Introduction. Singapore: McGraw-Hill (Education) Asia.
Deterding, D, Brown, A & Low E L (EDS.). (2005). English in Singapore: Phonetic Research on a Corpus. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.
Low, E.L. & Noor, S (EDS.). (2003). Teaching Tips for Teachers and Parents of Preschoolers and Primary School Children. Singapore: Society for Reading and Literacy.
Low, E.L. & Brown, A (2003). An Introduction to Singapore English. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.
Deterding, D, Low E L & Brown, A (EDS.). (2003). English in Singapore: Research on Grammar. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.
Low, E.L. & Teng, S.C. (EDS.). (2002). The Teaching and Use of Standard English. Singapore: Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics.
Brown, A, Deterding, D & Low E L (EDS.). (2000). The English Language in Singapore: Research on Pronunciation. Singapore: Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics.

EDITORSHIPS OF SPECIAL ISSUE OF JOURNAL

Low, E.L. & Ng, P.T. (ED.) (2012). Educational Research for Policy and Practice , Singapore: The Fourth Way in Action?., 11 (1).
Sim, J. B.-Y., & Low, E. L. (ED.) (2012). Asia-Pacific Journal of Education , Character and citizenship education., 32 (4).
Low, E.L., & Pakir, A. (ED.) (2010). World Englishes , Englishes in Southeast Asia., 29 (3).
Lim, L., & Low, E.L. (ED.) (2009). AILA Review , Multilingual, Globalizing Asia: Implications for policy and education., 22.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Tan R.S.K. & Low E.L. (2014) (2014). Rhythmic Patterning in Malaysian and Singapore English. Language and Speech. Language and Speech, 57,(2), 196-214.
Choy, D., Wong, A. F. L., Low, E.L., & Goh, K. C. (2014). Practicum experience: Pre-service teachers’ self-perception of their professional growth. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 51,(5), 472-482.
Taylor, P. G., Low, E. L., Lim, K. M., & Hui, C. (2013). Making learning visible in initial teacher education: A pedagogical characterisation scheme. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 0nline,(), 1-17.
Low, E.L. (2013). Group endeavours in service-learning (GESL) in the National Institute of Education: Experiential/ service learning in a teacher training programme. Journal of the NUS Teaching Academy (JNUSTA), 3,(2), 67-70.
Low, E.L. (2013). English-knowing bilingualism and Educational Achievement: Lessons for and from Singapore. Education Perspective, 2,(2), TBA.
Low, E.L., Hui, C.R., Taylor, P.G. & Ng, P.T. (2012). Towards Evidence-based Initial Teacher Education in Singapore: A Review of Current Literature. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37,(6), 65-77.
Ao, R. & Low, E.L. (2012). Exploring pronunciation features of Yunnan English. English Today, 28,(3), 27-33.
Low, E.L.& Ng, P.T. (2012). Is Singapore's Education System the Fourth Way in action?. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 11,(1), 5-6.
Low, E.L. & Lee, S.K. (2012). Bringing Singapore's Education Beyond Its Shores. Educational Research for Policy & Practice, 11,(1), 43-51.
D'Rozario, V.; Low, E.L.; Avila, P.A.; Cheung, S. (2012). Service learning using English language teaching in pre-service teacher education in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 32,(4), 441-454.
Yeung, A.S., Taylor, P.G., Hui, C., Lam-Chiang, A.C. & Low, E.L. (2012). Mandatory use of technology in teaching: who cares and so what?. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43,(6), 859-870.
Sim, B.Y.J & Low, E.L. (2012). Character and citizenship education: conversations between personal and societal values. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 32,(4), 381-394.
Low, E.L., Lim-Teo S.K., Ch'ng, A. & Goh, K.C. (2011). Pre-service teachers' reasons for choosing teaching as a career. Asia-Pacific Journal of Education, 30,(4), 195-210.
Chong, S., Low, E.L. & Goh, K.C. (2011). Developing student teachers’ professional identities – An exploratory study. International Education Studies, Vol 4,(1), 30-38.
Schaetzel, K., Lim, B.S., & Low, E.L. (2010). A descriptive and qualitative case study of teaching Singapore English: a features-based approach. World Englishes, 29,(3), 420-430.
Chong, S., Cheah, H. M. & Low, E.L. (2010). Perceptions of student teachers in a blended learning environment. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Vol 8,(No 4), 345-359.
Tan, S.K., & Low, E.L. (2010). How different are the monophthongs of Malay speakers of Malaysian and Singapore English?. English World-Wide, 31 (2),(), 162-189.
Low, E.L. (2010). Exploring the acoustic reality of the Kachruvian circles: a rhythmic perspective. World Englishes, 29,(3), 394-405.
Chong, S. & Low, E. L. (2009). Why I want to teach and how I feel about teaching - formation of teacher identity from pre-service to the beginning teacher phase. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, Volume 8, Number 1 / April, 2009,(), 59-72.
Lim, L., & Low, E.L. (2009). Introduction. International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Review, 22,(), 1-4.
Lim-Teo, S.K., Low, E.L., Wong, A.F.L., & Chong, S. (2008). Motivation, competence and confidence to teach - an exploratory study of the impact of an initial teacher preparation (ITP) programme on beginning primary school teachers. KEDI Journal of Educational Policy, 5,(2), 41-61.
Low, E.L. (2007). IAWE2006: Theory and Application: World Englishes in World Contexts. Asian Englishes, 9:2,(), 739-761.
Alsagoff, L., & Low, E.L. (2007). Challenges in curriculum development: A Singapore model for EFL tertiary educators from China. RELC Journal, 38,(2), 229-246.
Low, E.L. (2006). A cross-varietal comparison of deaccenting and 'given' information: implications for international intelligibility and pronunciation teaching. TESOL Quarterly 2006,(), na.
Low, E.L., Grabe, E & Nolan, F. (2000). Quantitative characterisations of speech rhythm: syllable-timing in Singapore English. Language and Speech, 43,(4), 377-401.
Low, E.L. & Grabe, E. (1999). A contrastive study of prosody and lexical stress placement in Singapore English and British English. Language and Speech, 42,(1), 39-56.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Low, E.L. (2014, February). Global Perspectives on Education: Lessons from a Flat World. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Moving beyond Thinking Schools, Learning Nation: Lessons from Singapore, Houston, United States.
Low, E.L. (2014, February). Pan-Pacific Association for Applied Linguistics (PAAL)- Waseda Seminar. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Revisiting the issue of non-native speakers and pronunciation teaching, Singapore, Singapore.
Low, E.L. (2013, November). Asia Education Exposition. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Singapore's Bilingual Education Policy and its Educational Success, Singapore, Singapore.
Low, E.L. (2013, February). Pan-Pacific Association for Applied Linguistics (PAAL) International Association for World Englishes, Singapore. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, English in Southeast Asia: Features Within and Without, Singapore, Singapore.
Low, E.L. (2013, April). Great Teachers Colloquium. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, A Portrait of Great Teachers: The Singapore Story, Anchorage, United States.
Low, E.L. (2013, October). 11th Asia TEFL Conference. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Non-native English Speakers and Pronunciation Teaching: Myths, Realities & Practicalities, Manila, Philippines.
Low, E.L. (2012, September). New York times School for tomorrow conference: building a better teacher. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Holistic Teacher Evaluation, Holistic Teacher Growth: The Singapore Story Plenary Starter on “How Do We Measure Teacher Performance”, New York, United States.
Low, E.L. (2012, October). Blackboard Teaching and Learning International Forum. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Redesigning Teacher Education amidst a Changing Educational Landscape: Building an Evidence-base, Singapore, Singapore.
Low, E.L. (2012, July). English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP). KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Sounding local and going global: implications for language teaching and language learning, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Low, E.L. (2012, May). English in Asia's Languages Habitats and Europe's Asia competence. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, A Features-Based, Empirical Approach to Studying English in Asia, Berlin, Germany.
Low, E.L. (2012, July). Teaching and Learning Pronunciation: Local and global perspectives on research and practice. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Non-native English speakers and pronunciation teaching: recent research and future directions, Cairns, Australia.
Low, E.L. (2012, March). Pan-Pacific Association for Applied Linguistics (PAAL) International Symposium of World Englishes. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Phonological Patterning of Englishes in Asia: Implications for Standards and Norms, Singapore, Singapore.
Low, E.L. (2011, June). 4th Redesigning Pedagogy Conference: transforming teaching, inspiring learning. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Building an Evidence Base for Initial Teacher Education: What, Why and How: A Singapore Perspective, Singapore, Singapore.
Low, E.L. (2010, November). World Conference of the All India Educationsal Research Association (AIAER), Educon 2010. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Teacher Education for the 21st Century: A Singapore Model, Punjab, India.
Low, E.L. (2010, February). EHWA International Conference for Teacher Education. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Directions for Teacher Education in a Globalising Society: A Singapore Model, Seoul, Korea.