Globalising Excellence: Trends and Approaches in English language Teacher Education in Singapore

Speaker:Prof. Phyllis Chew| Location:Plenary Hall| Date:August 13, 2016| Time:8:30 - 9:15 am

phyllis-chewProfessor Phyllis Chew



The strategies for globalization and excellence in English language teacher education in Singapore can only be fully understood not merely through a micro-study of the policies of its only teacher university but also through a macro perspective which involves the national vision of the nation as well as its language and educational policies.  This paper introduces the contextual factors, such as geography, population, natural resources,  business capitalism, education and language policy, which play strategic roles in globalizing excellence. This paper will elaborate on government language policies with regards to education in general and to teacher education in particular, with a special emphasis on the similarities and differences between the Indonesian and Singaporean landscape.

The second part of the paper focuses on  a case study of The National Institute of Education (NIE), an autonomous institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) .  While NTU was ranked #13 in the September 2015 QS World University Rankings,  the NIE was ranked 2nd In Asia and 10th in the world in the domain/discipline of education by the same agency. There is therefore much scholarly interest in examining in greater detail  the strategies &/or methodologies of globalizing excellences in English language teacher education at the fast-rising NIE/NTU.


Dr. Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew is a tenured professor  at the Department of English Language and Literature, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU).  She has served on various ministry- and national- level committees  addressing language and education issues in Singapore and has been a member of the international advisory boards of several journals including Teaching Education and Gendering Asia.  She is the project advisor for Instep, the textbook and audio-visual Primary School Series used in Singapore schools as well as among other things, past president of the English Language and Literature Association of Singapore, the Association of Women for Action and Research, and the University Women’s Association.  Her latest books are entitled Emergent Lingua Franca (New York: Routledge 2009) and A sociolinguistic history of early identities (London: Palgrave 2013) and Muslim Education in the 2lst century: Asian Perspectives  (Routledge 2015).

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