Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Christine Anita Xavier
Lecturer, National Institute of Education - English Language & Literature
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Dr Christine Xavier teaches courses on grammar, (socio)linguistics and communications skills within the pre-service (diploma, degree and post-graduate diploma in education), higher degree and in-service programmes at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University. Her research focuses on the intersections between theory and practice in the areas of pedagogical grammar and English language variation and use, and her special interest area in both research and teaching is on grammar as a meaning-making resource. She regularly conducts workshops in both primary and secondary schools on grammar as a meaning-making resource. In 2017-2018, Christine was a consultant for the MOE EL 2020 Syllabus (Sec Grammar). In 2019-2020, and 2022-2023, she was on the MOE H2 English Language and Linguistics Syllabus Review Committee. Christine also serves on the board of a School Advisory Committee at a primary school in Singapore as the vice-chairperson.
Christine's research interest areas include pedagogical grammar, grammar as meaning-making for literacy development, language variation, and language and identity.
  • Grammar as a Meaning-Making Resource for Literacy Development
2020 Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award National Institute of Education
Fellowships & Other Recognition
2022 Recognised for Significant Achievement at the
NIE Director’s Address (For Innovation and Impact – the development of a Coursera Course (Texts in Context- a fully online asynchronous lesson package developed in-house by ELL and IN-Learning for all PGDE Pri and Sec English Language student teachers in fulfillment of their EL Content Enhancement (ELCE) programme)
Courses Taught
Undergraduate Courses include -
- Introduction to Linguistics
- Pedagogical Grammar of English
- Exploring the Language of Texts
Postgraduate Diploma in Education Courses include -
- Pedagogical Grammar of English
-Implementing an EL Curriculum
-Practical Pronunciation for Teachers
Higher Degree Course -
- Sociolinguistic Perspectives on the Classroom
In-Service Courses include -
- Teaching Spoken and Written Grammar (Sec)
- Sounds, Words and Grammar
- Grammar