Christine C. M. Goh


NIE Director

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Ph.D (Linguistics), Lancaster University, UK


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Research Interests
Oracy and spoken discourse; listening comprehension, speech production and pronunciation; bilingual and second language acquisition; metacognition in language development; language teaching and assessment; language teacher cognition and education; managing change in language education

  • Christine Goh is President Chair Professor in Education (Linguistics and Language Education) and the Director of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. Her MA degree in Applied English Linguistics was obtained at the University of Birmingham through the sponsorship of the UK government’s Chevening Scholarship. She is known internationally in the field of applied linguistics, particularly for her work in second language/ bilingual oracy (listening, speaking and thinking) and the role of metacognition and strategic competence in L2 learning. Christine’s work in L2 listening is recognized by many to be groundbreaking. A qualified and experienced language teacher, her work is characterised by a strong theory- practice nexus that speaks to both language educators and second language researchers. She publishes extensively and contributes to theory building as well as professional discourse in English language teaching, learning and assessment. Frequently invited to speak at international conferences, Christine has also conducted numerous workshops for local and international participants.

    She has authored 12 books and over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, international handbooks and edited volumes on L2 teaching and L2 research. Her publications are widely cited and are important references in language teacher education programmes and L2 research in universities around the world. Locally, she has also advised the Ministry of Education of Singapore on English language education and research. As a long-time faculty member of the English Language & Literature Academic Group, Christine has taught and managed various undergraduate, pre-service, in-service and higher degree courses and programmes. She has supervised the research of over 30 Masters and PhD students and graduated all of them. Christine received two NIE teaching commendation awards and was conferred the National Day Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014. She was the co-editor of two Routledge education journals: Asia Pacific Journal of Education and Pedagogies, and currently sits on the editorial board of several applied linguistics journals and publications.

    As the NIE Director, Christine leads faculty and staff in achieving NIE’s vision and mission through innovative education and research programmes, strong local and international partnerships and networks, and an NIE culture that values people, professional growth and excellence. She strives to ensure that NIE continually strengthen its relevance and contribution to the Ministry of Education and Singapore education, while developing a strong and unique identity as a key institute within one of the top research universities in the world. Before being part of the NTU leadership, Christine’s service to the University included being an elected member of the University Senate and an elected member of the NTU Academic Council’s Advisory Board.

    Christine’s last held appointment was that of the NIE Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning. She led NIE’s strategic initiatives for teacher continuing education through in-service courses and higher degree programmes, and put in place new partnership programmes with strong international appeal. She strengthened quality graduate research supervision and examination, and the articulation of attributes and competencies developed through an NIE NTU graduate education. To support graduate students’ learning experience, Christine established the NIE Graduate Research & Academic Development (GRAD) Centre, oversaw the provision of the Higher Degree Student Lounge and the HD Connect Portal, and expanded student study spaces.

    Christine balances her work as an academic and an academic leader with quiet personal pursuits. She strives to learn something new each week and is interested in the thoughts and experiences of people from all walks of life. She enjoys conversations, music of diverse genres, local food, good novels and listening to the radio. Her weekends are spent mostly with her family and their two cats, and on walking and writing. She also participates in a weekly story-reading programme in the community because she wants to help young children develop a love for books, language and imagination.

  • Research/ Supervisory Interests:

    • Metacognitive, cognitive and social processes in speaking and listening development
    • Teaching and assessing speaking, listening and pronunciation
    • Oracy-literacy relationships 
    • Spoken grammar 
    • The role of oracy in critical and inventive thinking, and academic learning
    • Discourse intonation of speakers of English as an International Language (EIL)
    • Language teacher cognition and teacher learning continuum
    • Management of innovation and change in English language education