Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Jo Ann Shek
Lecturer, National Institute of Education - English Language & Literature
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Dr Jo-Ann Netto-Shek is a teacher educator with both classroom and curriculum development experience for the teaching of English at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She works with primary school English Language student teachers at the English Language & Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She is currently the BA (Ed) Curriculum Studies (English Language) coordinator.
Dr Shek's research provides insight into the teaching of English in Singapore schools. Her research aims to strengthen the teaching of English through the use of learner strategies and cognitive tools that enable teachers to be thinking practitioners. She works with research methodologies that support teachers in assuming their roles as informed decision-makers in the classroom settings. Much of her work evolves from her experience with classroom pedagogies suitable for classrooms in Singapore schools but has expanded to include more diversified learning contexts and contexts around the region. Her research projects tend to be productive partnerships with teachers for school-based research projects in areas such as the teaching of speaking at the primary levels. Her current research preoccupation are pedagogies that enhance the learning of English through the use of podcasts, social and digital media.

Furthermore, as chair for courses on children's literature across programmes, her interests also involve advocating for the children’s literature that engage the total child of today and discovering and examining new and emergent forms of children’s literature. To that end, she collaborates with multiple publishers of digital and print media. Currently, she is working with Marshal Cavendish Pte Ltd on a reading programme for children that engages them in literature-based play.

She is the recipient of the CamTESOL 2018 grant and the 2019 Fulbright grant.

Her recent publications include the use of technology in the teaching of English and new genres of children's literature for 21st century readers.
  • Deepening The Dialogic Discourse and Thinking of NTU Students Through Student-Led Book Clubs on Children's Literature: Strengthening Prevailing Practices
• 2021 John Cheung Social Media Award NTU
• 2020 Teaching Excellence (School Award) NIE
• 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award NIE 2010 Excellence in Service NIE