TANG Siu Mei Ramona

Position
Associate Professor

Designation
Head, English Language & Literature

Department
English Language & Literature (ELL)

Office Location
NIE3-03-174C

Education
PhD, University of Birmingham, UK; BA (Hons First Class), NUS

Email
ramona.tang@nie.edu.sg

Office Telephone Number
67903389

Research Interests
Academic Literacies, English for Academic Purposes, EFL academic writing, Effective teaching and learning in higher education, Written Discourse Analysis

  • I am an applied linguist with a PhD from the University of Birmingham in the UK, and a tenured Associate Professor on the teaching professorial track at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. I am also concurrently serving as Head within the English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group in NIE.  

    For my first degree, I read English Language, English Literature, and European Studies at the National University of Singapore, eventually graduating with a first class Honours degree in English Language. I went on to spend four wonderful years at the University of Birmingham, the UK’s first civic or “redbrick” university, working on a PhD thesis that focused on analysing the construction and perception of written voice in academic writing.  

    My main research and teaching interests are in the areas of Academic Literacies and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I am also interested in written discourse analysis, and wider issues associated with effective teaching and learning in Higher Education, particularly involving the use of technology and multimodality.

    Since joining NIE in 2005, I have developed and taught a range of academic writing courses. These include undergraduate-level and doctoral-level courses aimed at providing academic writing instruction to students from across different disciplinary specialisations, as well as a course in our Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) programme that focuses on Academic Literacies and EAP as research fields. I have also developed and taught courses on text analysis, grammar, and the teaching of writing. I am a strong believer in the need for teachers in Higher Education to explore ways of teaching and meaning-making that are aligned with the technology-rich world that our students now inhabit, and I try in many of my courses to leverage on online collaborative tools, game-based learning platforms, social media, and other educational apps.    

    My career in NIE has seen me serving in various administrative capacities, including Programme Coordinator of NIE's Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching (PGDELT) programme for university EFL lecturers from China (2007-2012), Coordinator of our Bachelor of Arts (Education) English Language programme (2012-2014), Assistant Head (Pre-Service Programmes), and Deputy Head (Programmes and Teaching) within the English Language and Literature Academic Group.

    More about me: http://ramonatang.wordpress.com/

  • Courses that I teach / have taught at NIE

    MAE814  The Culture and Conventions of Academic Writing 
    a course in our MA (Applied Linguistics) programme that focuses on Academic Literacies and English for Academic Purposes as research fields  

    SA823 Academic Discourse
    an academic writing course for PhD students 

    AAE10B  Language in Context
    a foundational linguistics course for our BA(Ed) / BSc(Ed) English Language students

    ALS101  Academic Discourse Skills
    an academic writing course that I designed, taken by all BA(Ed) and BSc(Ed) students in NIE, across all academic specialisations

    GLT102  Teaching Grammar and Writing
    a teaching methodology course for Chinese EFL lecturers enrolled in our Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching programme

    AAE104  Exploring the Grammar of English
    a foundational language course for our BA(Ed) / BSc(Ed) English Language students

    AAE232  Analysing Text
    an elective for our BA(Ed) / BSc(Ed) English Language students 

    GLT201  Grammar and Discourse
    a course on Systemic Functional Grammar for Chinese EFL lecturers enrolled in our Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching programme

    QGS511 Group Endeavours in Service Learning
    a service-learning community outreach programme for our Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PDGE) student teachers

    DLK200  English for Academic and Professional Purposes
    a language skills course for our Diploma in Education (DipEd) students

    AAE280  Creative Writing
    a General Elective open to all NIE and NTU undergraduates

    CAE388  Understanding Writing
    an elective for our our BA(Ed) / BSc(Ed) English Language students

  • National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

    Nanyang Education Award (School) 2014

    Excellence in Teaching Commendation 2009, 2011, 2014

    University of Birmingham, UK

    School of Humanities PhD Scholarship 2001/2002 and 2002/2003

    Prospects Globe Award 2001