Dr Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew, teaches Literacy and Literature, Sociolinguistics, Religious and Gender Studies, and Language Teaching methodology.
She is a recipient of several Teaching Excellence awards and Teacher of the Year award from Nanyang Technological University.
She has published widely in the areas of education and linguistics, comparative religion and women’s studies. She has written or edited close to 200 publications, mainly refereed articles, book chapters, journal special issues, books, textbooks and reports.
She has received research grants from bodies such as the Lee Foundation, the Kitakyushu Women’s Association, the Institute of Policy Studies, and the National Institute of Education.
She is founder-member of Asia Tefl. She has also served on the international advisory boards of several journals, such as Teaching Education, the International Journal of Language Studies , Asia Tefl and Gendering Asia.
She has also authored and/or directed many mainstream and/or supplementary textbooks at both primary, secondary and pre-university levels for Singapore schools. Perhaps the most well known of this is the popular In Step Series of Textbooks (SNP, EDB, Times Media) for Primary School, of which she is the Project Advisor. The series comprised over 80 textbooks and supplementary materials, teacher guides, CD-ROMs, Worksheets and Wall Charts, as well as a sizeable collection of Big Books and Supplementary Readers both for Bridging and Enrichment. Another is Step-Ahead, a textbook series for Secondary School, where she edited and wrote the on-line components.
She has acted as a curriculum consultant to academic and professional institutions in China, Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. She is also an external examiner of doctoral theses with the National University of Singapore, University of Malaya, Pusan University, Hyderabad English and Foreign Languages University and Beijing Foreign Language University.
In addition, she has personal supervised and graduated many Ph.D and Masters students.
On the NGO scene she is a recipient of the Ministry of Community Development Distinguished Long Service Award for voluntary social work. She is a past president of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research), founder-president of UWAS (University Women’s Association of Singapore, a past director of the UNAS (United Nations Association of Singapore) and a past president of ELLTAS (English Language and Literature Teachers’ Association of Singapore). She also sits on the board of various other non-government organizations and is listed in Who’s Who in Singapore (Singapore 2000, Who’s Who Publishing).
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