Writing teachers need to be readers and writers themselves.
Dr. Anitha Devi Pillai taught General Paper and Project Work at a junior college before joining NIE in 2006. She teaches courses on writing pedagogy, academic writing, language and literacy, language teaching methods and communication skills.
She is the recipient of the Singapore University of Social Sciences Teaching Merit Award in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, she received the Research Excellence Award from Pravasi Express for her research on the Singapore Malayalee community.
Her doctoral thesis focused on the discourse structures of student research papers and the acculturation practices of students to academic writing.
She has published books, book chapters and journal articles on writing pedagogy, teacher education and community literacy practices. She has also delivered keynote addresses at international conferences in Singapore and the Asian region.
She is a Cambridge-certified International English Testing System (IELTS) examiner for IDP Education (Australia) and the Chief Examiner for English Proficiency Test (Writing component). She also developed tests to assess the written language proficiency of teachers from China seeking entry into NIE’s Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching program.
She is effectively bilingual in English and Tamil, and speaks Malayalam fluently.
In addition to her academic and professional publications, she has also written poetry, short stories and newspaper articles that have been published locally and abroad.
She believes strongly that writing teachers need to be readers and writers themselves, and this belief guides her in everything she does.