English Language & Literature (ELL)

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Ph.D (Flinders University), Australia


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Research Interests
Language & literacy teaching, Language policy & implementation, Teaching thinking skills

  • Introduction

    Jo-Ann was a secondary school teacher in specialized school programmes as the Special Assistance Plan (SAP) and Gifted Education Programme. She then contributed to the Singapore education scene in her capacity as a curriculum specialist at the Ministry of Education (Singapore) in The Thinking Programme and Project Work Unit. She is currently at the National Institute of Education (Singapore) as a lecturer primarily working with beginning primary school teachers.


    My PhD research was the examination of policy implementation, specifically The Thinking Programme into Singapore schools.  My research, teaching and consultancy work is focused on developing the teacher as a thinking practitioner. Consequently, I work with research methodologies that support teachers in assuming their roles as informed decision-makers in the classroom.

    My work has led me to work with schools specifically in the areas of developing English Language heads of departments use management processes that positively impact instruction in the classroom for improved student performance.

    Teaching and Training: Local and International

    • Teaching reading & writing
    • Teaching oral communication
    • English Language pedagogies

    Jo-Ann was nominated for excellence in service to the NIE community in staff welfare matters in 2010 and more recently for teaching excellence in 2013. 

  • Research and Supervision Interests

    • The teaching of thinking
    • Teaching English Language at the Primary and Lower Secondary Levels
    • Policy implementation

  • Huang Jiwei. (2014).Teaching Argumentative Writing in Primary Schools