English Language and Literature

Academic Group

  • Welcome to the English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group of the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

    The English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group is committed to high-quality research and innovative teaching in the areas of English language and linguistics, literature, and English teacher education. We have a strong team of highly dedicated faculty members engaged in cutting-edge disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and education research, committed to bringing theoretically-robust and practice-relevant perspectives to our classrooms. Our research culture embraces the diverse academic interests of our faculty and students, and the vision for our teaching is shaped by our mission to develop critically-engaged, socially-responsible, knowledgeable, and passionate individuals and English teachers for the 21st century. As an academic department within an institution devoted to teacher education, a key thrust of ELL is to develop impactful research and teaching in partnership with schools and teachers.

    We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our flagship coursework programmes are the four-year direct honours Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree programme, the 16-month Postgraduate Diploma in Education, the Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics), and the Master of Education (English). Research degrees that can be undertaken with us include the Master of Arts (Research) and the Doctor of Philosophy. We also offer professional development courses for English language and literature teachers, and host the Teachers’ Language Development Centre (TLDC) which runs courses that help student teachers develop the English language and communication skills they need for their studies and for their teaching careers.

    Across all our programmes and courses, we endeavour to provide a supportive space for our students to critically engage with pertinent issues and to grow in their competencies. Our classes tend to be interactive and reflective of 21st century pedagogies, with experiential, authentic, place-based, collaborative, and technology-enabled learning featuring in many of our courses. We believe our students are an integral part of the character of ELL, and deeply value the interesting mix of students that we have as well as the diverse experiences that they bring with them to ELL.

    With over forty faculty members, we have an exceptional breadth of areas of research and study represented in our academic group. We invite you to discover more about what we do in ELL by exploring the rest of our website.

    Head, English Language and Literature


    Associate Professor
    Ramona Tang

  • If you want to know more about our faculty's research interests, click here.

  • The Teachers’ Language Development Centre (TLDC) at NIE where we help student teachers develop the English language and communication skills they need for their studies and for their teaching careers.

    Click here for more information.

  • We offer a wide range of Professional Development courses for English Language and Literature teachers at all stages of their career. These courses focus on developing practical and essential skills and knowledge for teachers in schools. In addition, we can meet specific training needs of schools through customised in-service courses. 

    Advanced Diploma

    A part-time Professional Development programme currently being offered by ELL is the Advanced Diploma in Primary English Language Education (ADPELE). Participants will be required to complete 8 courses (20 Academic Units) within five years to qualify for the award of the Advanced Diploma. Alternatively, the individual courses making up the ADPELE can also be taken as standalone Professional Development courses.

    Collaboration with the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS)

    At present, ELL is collaborating with ELIS to offer a 96-hour Professional Learning Programme (PLP) for EL Teacher Leaders (i.e. Senior teachers, Lead teachers, Key Personnel). This programme aims to help EL Teacher Leaders without a specialisation in English to deepen their Subject Content Knowledge (SCK) in order to teach EL more effectively. It is co-facilitated by ELL faculty and ELIS Master Teachers.

    Samples of other Professional Development courses 

    Some examples of other Professional Development courses offered by ELL faculty include Grammar for Assessment, Pedagogical Grammar for English, Teaching Julius Caesar, How to Read and Fruitfully ‘Unpack’ Poems, Interpreting Drama through Performance, and Understanding Drama as Text and Performance.

    For any enquiries on professional development, please email Dr Norhaida Aman, ELL's Professional Development programme leader:    

  • 6 to 7 December 2019: 20th English in Southeast Asia Conference: Re-thinking Paradigms and Approaches to Researching, Teaching and Learning English (Website)

    28 March 2018: Language-Literature Conference 2018:
     “Celebrating the Senses” (Website)

    20 April 2017: The 8th NIE-ELL Postgraduate Conference on Language and Education (PGC 2017): “One Wordy World: Graduate Research in Language and Literature”. (Website)

    22 April 2016: The 7th NIE-ELL Postgraduate Conference on Language and Education (PGC 2016): "Current Research in English Education in Asia". (News and Gallery)

    3 to 5 December 2015: TESOL Regional Conference: “Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning”. (Website)

    4 June 2015: Arts, Humanities and Literature Conference: “Live(d) Experiences: Imagination, Wonder and Space of IM/possibilities Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning”.

  • Getting Here

    The English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group is located in Block 3 of the NIE Campus (Map and Visitor Information). The nearest parking is at Car Park 2. The ELL General Office is located at Block 3, Level 3, Room 01.

    Contact Information

    Postal address:

    English Language and Literature Academic Group
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616

    General ELL enquiries:
    Please contact the ELL Secretary, Ms Zabrinah Zaini.

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