Singapore’s English Language Policy and Language Teacher Education: A Foundation for Its Educational Success

Language planning, cautious policy implementation and rigorous language teacher education lie at the heart of Singapore’s sustained performance in internationally benchmarked tests of student achievement. Professor LOW Ee Ling is Dean, Teacher Education and Professor of Education (Applied Linguistics and Teacher Learning) at the English Language & Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  She is a member of the NIE Senior Leadership Team and an elected member of the NTU Senate (2014-2018). Her previous appointments include: Chief Planning Officer, Director’s Office (2017-2018), Head of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (2014-2017), Associate Dean for Programme and Student Development at the Office of Teacher Education (2009-2013) and Sub-Dean for Degree Programmes (2004-2009).  She has played a leading role in the conceptualization of the following strategic documents for NIE, Singapore: NIE Moving Forward: Towards 2017 Strategic Roadmap and Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21): A Blueprint for Teacher Education in Singapore (2009).

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