Yin Ling Cheung is an applied linguist who specializes in academic writing and writing instruction. Her unique contribution to academic writing and writing instruction is the development of a socio-cognitive and motivation-and-learning (SCML) model to teaching writing, whose novelty is to help students improve their writing by focusing on the rhetorical goal and thinking processes embedded in academic writing, assisted by ICT integrated into the pedagogy. Application of the SCML model for inducing productive self-directed and collaborative learning among primary school students is being supported by a competitive research grant (OER 09/17 CYL). Other ongoing projects include (i) adopting a socio-cognitive approach to teaching English language writing, (ii) investigating the effectiveness of language awareness approaches to English language teaching in Singapore secondary schools, and (iii) developing a new smartphone app with built-in predictive and prescriptive analytics. The app, called Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR), aims to understand tutoring (e.g., one-on-one consultation) needs of users and find best peer tutors for them. Her research has been funded by the NIE Academic Research Fund, the OER Education Research Funding Program, and the Singapore Millennium Foundation.
Yin Ling teaches courses in academic writing at the National Institute of Education. She directs the Graduate Research and Academic Development (GRAD) Centre at the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning. The GRAD Centre (http://niehd.nie.edu.sg/grad-centre/about.html) provides comprehensive support to graduate students at NIE across all the 10 Academic Groups, covering vital skills such as academic writing, oral presentation, and statistical analysis. As a recognition for her teaching effectiveness, she was awarded the NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation in 2015 and 2017, and the Nanyang Education Award (School), the highest honour conferred by Nanyang Technological University for teaching excellence at the School level, in 2015.