Academic Profile

Alvin has been teaching at the Language & Communication Centre since 2009. He previously taught at the National University of Singapore (1999-2001) and the National Institute of Education (2001-2008). He has research interests in systemic-functional grammar/linguistics, discourse analysis, and literacy studies.

Alvin was the recipient of a PhD research scholarship from NUS (1997-1999), and two commendation awards from NIE (2005, 2008) for excellence in teaching. He also won the Lecturer Excellence Award (School of Humanities & Social Sciences) in 2016.
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Dr Leong Ping Alvin
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities

Systemic-functional linguistics/grammar (particularly Theme and Rheme), discourse analysis, literacy studies
  • Kathpalia SS, Ong KKW, & Leong PA. (2020). Communication needs of science graduate students. RELC Journal, Doi: 10.1177/, 003368822152.

  • Leong PA. (2019). Visualizing texts: A tool for generating thematic-progression diagrams. Functional Linguistics, 6, 4.

  • Kathpalia SS, Ong KWK, & Leong PA. (2019, March). Needs analysis: Graduate students’ communication concerns. Paper presented at 54th RELC International Conference and 5th Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association Conference, Singapore.

  • Leong PA, Toh LLA, & Chin SF. (2018). Examining structure in scientific research articles: A study of thematic progression and thematic density. Written Communication, 35(3), 286–314.

  • Leong PA, & Lee HH. (2018, June). Teacher feedback and feedback practice: The views of teachers and students. Paper presented at 16th Asia TEFL, 1st MAAL & 6th HAAL 2018 International Conference, University of Macau, China.