LOW Ee Ling

Associate Professor

Head, Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality

Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (SPAQ), English Language & Literature (ELL)

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  • Associate Professor Ee-Ling Low is Head of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (SPAQ), a member of the NIE Senior Management Team, an elected member of the NTU Senate and concurrently, an Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the National Institute of Education (NIE) , Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. 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 has played a leading role in the conceptualization of the following strategic documents for NIE, Singapore: NIE Moving Forward: Towards 2017 Strategic Roadmap and Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21): A Blueprint for Teacher Education in Singapore (2009).

    She obtained an M.Phil and a PhD in Linguistics (Acoustic Phonetics) from the University of Cambridge, UK under the Nanyang Technological University–National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship. In her undergraduate years, she was selected for the prestigious Direct Honours Programme for English Language at the National University of Singapore and in her pre-university years, was awarded the Ministry of Education Humanities Scholarship which she pursued at Raffles Junior College. In 2008, she won the Fulbright Advanced Research Scholarship which she spent at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

    She has been awarded visiting professorships in Linguistics at King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in 2015, at Chulalongkorn University in 2008 and at Ball State University on the Fulbright Occasional Lectureship Award . 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 served as the external BA Programme Examiner in Applied Linguistics. She has served as a consultant to undergraduate programme development for the Emirates College for Advanced Education and played a key role in the Temasek Foundation-NIE Educational Leaders Programme for Vietnam which upgraded 30,000 principals in educational leadership in Vietnam.

    She has published widely in the field of World Englishes and Teacher Education which have appeared in internationally peer-reviewed journals like AILA Review, Language and Speech, TESOL Quarterly, English World-Wide, World Englishes, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education. She is serving/ has served on the following editorial boards: Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (John Benjamins: The Netherlands), Multilingual Education (Springer: Germany), English Language Teaching World Online (National University of Singapore), Regional Language Centre (RELC) Journal (Sage: UK). Additionally, she is the Series Editor of the Routledge-Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics Series in World Englishes (Routledge: UK) and editorial board member of the Multilingual Education book series (Springer: Germany).

    She is an invited keynote speaker to numerous international conferences and symposia in both World Englishes and Teacher Education and has won numerous competitive research grants in both these fields both locally and internationally amounting to more than $1.5 million SGD. She is Singapore’s representative on the Stanford University International Teacher Policy Study (ITPS) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Global Education Innovation Initiative (GEII) projects.


    She is currently the President of the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics and also President of the St Joseph’s Convent Alumnae and was appointed IJ Schools ambassador for being an outstanding alumnus. She is currently serving on the board of the Fulbright Association of Singapore and has served in the United Nations Association of Singapore. In 2008–10, she was the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), a role for which she was awarded fellowship of APERA in recognition of her outstanding service in 2010. She served on the Speak Good English Movement, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts from 2006-2012. 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. In 2014, she was awarded the Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Honoured Faculty award by the President of NTU for inspirational mentorship.  Her latest published research monograph by Routledge (2015) is entitled, “Pronunciation for English as an International Language: From Research to Practice”.