Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Tang Siu Mei, Ramona
Associate Dean, Academic & Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor, National Institute of Education - English Language & Literature
I am an applied linguist with a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK), and a tenured Associate Professor on the teaching professorial track in the English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. I am concurrently serving as Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs, in the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs, NIE.

For my first degree, I read English Language, English Literature, and European Studies at the National University of Singapore, eventually graduating with a first class Honours degree in English Language. I went on to spend several wonderful years at the University of Birmingham, working on a PhD thesis that focused on analysing the construction and perception of written voice in academic writing.

The main focus of my teaching and research is in the area of academic writing (in particular Academic Literacies and English for Academic Purposes). I am also interested in discourse analysis, the nature of writing in the current digital age, and wider issues associated with effective teaching and learning in Higher Education, particularly involving the use of technology and multimodality.

Since joining NIE in 2005, I have developed and taught a range of academic writing courses. These include undergraduate-level and doctoral-level courses aimed at providing academic writing instruction to students from across different disciplinary specialisations, as well as a course in our Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) programme that focuses on Academic Literacies and EAP as research fields. I have also developed and taught courses on text analysis, grammar, and the teaching of writing. I am a strong believer in the need for teachers in Higher Education to explore ways of teaching and meaning-making that are aligned with the technology-rich world that our students now inhabit, and I try in many of my courses to leverage on online collaborative tools, game-based learning platforms, social media, and other educational apps.

My career in NIE has seen me serving in various administrative capacities within the English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group, including Programme Coordinator of NIE's Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching (PGDELT) programme for university EFL lecturers from China (2007-2012), Programme Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts (Education) English Language programme (2012-2014), and Assistant Head, Pre-Service Programmes (2012-2014). I also served as Deputy Head (Programmes and Teaching) from 2015 to 2017, and Head of the ELL Academic Group from 2017 to 2022.

More about me:
I am currently interested in delving into the nature of writing and how this is evolving in these technological times in which we now live and work. I am also a discourse analyst at heart, interested in exploring and understanding how different types of texts work, and particularly interested in the part that language plays in self-representation and interpersonal positioning.
2017Excellence in Service Award. National Institute of Education, Singapore.
2017John Cheung Social Media Award (for best practice in the use of social media in teaching). Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
2014Nanyang Education Award (School). Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
2014Excellence in Teaching Commendation. National Institute of Education, Singapore.
2011Excellence in Teaching Commendation. National Institute of Education, Singapore.
2009Excellence in Teaching Commendation. National Institute of Education, Singapore.
2002/2003School of Humanities PhD Scholarship. University of Birmingham, UK.
2001/2002School of Humanities PhD Scholarship. University of Birmingham, UK.
2001Prospects Globe Award. Careers Services Unit (now Graduate Prospects), UK.
Courses Taught
Current Teaching
SA830 Writing and Communication Skills for PhD Students

Past Teaching
SA823 Academic Discourse
MAE814 The Culture and Conventions of Academic Writing
ALS10A Academic Discourse Skills
AAE10B Language in Context
AAE104 Exploring the Grammar of English
AAE232 Analysing Text
AAE280 Creative Writing
CAE388 Understanding Writing
GLT102 Teaching Grammar and Writing
GLT201 Grammar and Discourse
QGS511 Group Endeavours in Service Learning
DLK200 English for Academic and Professional Purposes