Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Chua Fengyi, Deborah
Research Fellow, National Institute of Education - Office of Education Research
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Deborah Chua is Research Fellow at National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She has previously received a Victoria Doctoral Scholarship, a Victoria Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant and a Victoria Doctoral Submission Scholarship for work on her Ph.D., completed at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In her present work in NIE, Deborah is involved in the syntheses of institutional projects to facilitate translations of research to practice and policy and the shaping of future research trajectories. She jointly authored the local evidence synthesis (LES) on bilingualism and biliteracy (https://repository.nie.edu.sg/bitstream/10497/23499/1/LES_Volume%206.pdf). She is also deeply involved in work and writing related to advancing an understanding of the contexts and agency central to and that shape learning and teaching. Deborah’s research interest lies in examining how practices—in education and language use alike—become habitual through the schemas (e.g., ways of doing, ways of constructing, ways of perceiving) that are inherited or acquired, and the extent to which these schemas may be tweaked to alter practices. Deborah has published in Journal of Linguistics (https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022226717000275), Language and Cognition (http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2019.22) and English Language and Linguistics (10.1017/S1360674322000247). She has also written several articles targeted at a general audience (see: https://unravellingmag.com/author/deborah/).
Field Interests
Socio-historical factors that shape learning, teaching and curriculum; English language education; General linguistics; English Comparatives; Multilingualism; Socio-historical shifts in patterning of linguistic constructions and forms; Language processing; Usage-based linguistics/Construction grammar; Critical language awareness

Methodological Interests
Corpus work; Experimental methods
 
Awards
Victoria Doctoral Scholarship

Victoria Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant

Victoria Doctoral Submission Scholarship
 
Courses Taught
Guest Lecturer & Tutor
LING 211/LING 111: Introduction to Linguistics
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Learning Support Tutor
LALS 520: Learners and Second Language Learning
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand