TUPAS Topsie Ruanni Fernandez

Designation
Assistant Professor

Department
English Language & Literature (ELL)

Office Location
NIE3-03-117

Education
Ph.D. (Singapore), MA (Philippines)

Email
ruanni.tupas@nie.edu.sg

Office Telephone Number
67903430

Research Interests
Sociolinguistics of Education: Bi/multilingual Education, Literacy and Development, Language Policy

  • Dr. Ruanni F. TUPAS is an Assistant Professor at the English Language and Literature Academic Group of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Prior to his NIE position, he was Senior Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he taught for ten years from 2002-2012.

    From 2009-2012, he was Co-Director (with KC Lee) of a SGD$485,000 capability-building curriculum development project funded by Temasek Foundation for selected tertiary institutions in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. He was the 2009 Andrew Gonzalez Distinguished Professorial Chair in Linguistics and Language Education, awarded by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP) which recently has also elevated him to honorary membership. Aside from being Director for Research and Special Projects of the LSP, he is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics. 

    His research interests are in the interfaces between sociolinguistics and education, especially in how language sustains and transforms inequalities in education. His edited book, (Re)making society: Language, discourse and identity in the Philippines(University of the Philippines Press), was a 2008 Philippine National Book Awards Finalist. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Language Teaching, Board of Reviewers of Malaysian Journal of ELT Research and the Editorial Board ofAsia-Pacific Education Researcher.  

    He is also a multi-awarded teacher. He was twice in a row a recipient of the CELC Commendation for Teaching Excellence (2010 and 2011), and also garnered an NUS Teaching Excellence Award for 2012. At NIE, he teaches a wide range of courses, including bilingual education, literature and language education, communication skills for teachers, academic discourse and social variation of language. 

  • His research interests are in the interfaces between sociolinguistics and education, especially in how language sustains and transforms inequalities in education. His edited book, (Re)making society: Language, discourse and identity in the Philippines (University of the Philippines Press), was a 2008 Philippine National Book Awards Finalist. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Language Teaching, Board of Reviewers of Malaysian Journal of ELT Researchand the Editorial Board of Asia-Pacific Education Researcher.  

  • He is a multi-awarded teacher. He was twice in a row a recipient of the CELC Commendation for Teaching Excellence (2010 and 2011), and also garnered an NUS Teaching Excellence Award for 2012. At NIE, he teaches a wide range of courses, including bilingual education, literature and language education, communication skills for teachers, academic discourse and social variation of language.