Anitha Devi PILLAI


English Language & Literature (ELL)

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Ph.D. (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore); M.A. (National University of Singapore); B.A. (Hons.) (University of New South Wales, Australia)


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Research Interests
Researching Writing, Genre Analysis of Texts, Englishfor Academic Purposes, Writing Pedagogy, Teaching General Paper and Project Work

  • Dr. Anitha Devi Pillai is a lecturer at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She taught General Paper and Project Work at a junior college and at NIE, and now, teaches courses on writing pedagogy, language teaching methods, academic writing as well as communications skills.

    She is a Cambridge-certified International English Testing System (IELTS) examiner for IDP Education (Australia) and the chief examiner for English Proficiency Test (EPT) (Writing). She also develops tests to assess written language proficiency of teachers from China seeking entry into NIE’s Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching (PGDELT) program.

    She has a M.A. from National University of Singapore and a Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University. Her doctoral thesis focused on the discourse structures of student research papers and the acculturation practices of students to academic writing. Her expertise lies in writing pedagogy, use of ICT in the writing classroom, text-analysis and in development of written tests/tasks.

    • B.A. (Secondary) - ACE 422 Teaching of English at Secondary Level (Writing)

    • M.Ed. - MED 901 Academic Writing for Postgraduate Students

    • PGDE (Secondary) - QCE 520  Language Teaching Approaches

    • Dip. Ed. - DLK 201/231 Communication Skills for Teachers

    1. Shreenjit Kaur (Current) A Study of EL Teachers' Perceptions of Writing Pedagogies & Practices in Singapore
    2. Chan Swee Yin Adeline (Current) Implementation of EL Portals in Secondary Schools: Impact on EL Curriculum & Teaching Practices