Gene Segarra Navera


Contact Information

Telephone: 6516 6082
Office: CELC #03-29 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD English Language, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • MA Speech Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • BA Communication Arts (cum laude), University of the Philippines Los Banos, Philippines

Department Duties/Committee

  • Associate Editor/ Member, (ELTWO)/ External Relations Committee
  • Chair: Complementary Initiatives Committee (AY 2012-13)
  • Course Coordinator: ES2331 (Communicating Engineering) (January to December 2013)

Modules/Courses Taught

  • UTW2001R (Discourse, Citizenship and Society)
  • UTW1001R/ IEM1201R (Oratory and the Public Mind)
  • ES2331 (Communicating Engineering)
  • ES1531 (Critical Thinking and Writing)
  • Embedded communication course for IE2101 (Introduction to Systems Thinking)
  • Courses Taught at the University of the Philippines Los Banos (1998-2006): Speech Communication, Oral Interpretation, Philippine Public Address, Group Discussion and Leadership, Argumentative Writing, Intensive English for Foreign Graduate Students

Professional Affiliations

  • International Member, Rhetoric Society of America, 4 September 2013 to date
  • Member, International Society for Language Studies, 23 July 2008 to date
  • Member, Singapore Association of Applied Linguistics, September 2011 to date

Research Interests

  • Political rhetoric
  • Critical discourse studies
  • Metaphor studies
  • Facilitation



  • Navera, G. S. (2018).  The rhetoric of PNoy: Image, myth and rhetorical citizenship in Philippine presidential speeches. Frontiers in political communication, volume 32.  New York: Peter Lang.

Book Chapters

  • Navera, G. S. (2018). The technicist framework and the teaching of speech communication in the Philippines. In I. P. Martin (Ed.), Reconceptualizing English education in multilingual societies: English in the Philippines (pp. 140-152). New York: Springer.
  • Wu S. M. and G. S. Navera. (2017). ELT materials as sites of values education: A preliminary observation of secondary school materials. In H. P. Widodo, L. V. Canh, M. R. G. Perfecto, & A. Buripakdi (Eds.), Situating moral and cultural values in the ELT materials: The Southeast Asian context (pp. 51-68). New York: Springer.
  • Navera, G. S. (2014).’People Power’ in Philippine presidential rhetoric: (Re)framing democratic participation in post-authoritarian regimes. In C. Kock and L. Villadsen (Eds.) Contemporary rhetorical citizenship (pp. 205-222). Leiden University Press.
  • Navera, G. S. (2013). The Singapore arts landscape: Influences, tensions, confluences and possibilities for the learning context. In C-H. Lum (Ed.) Contextualized practices in arts education: An international dialogue on Singapore (pp. 3-20). Singapore: Springer.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Navera, G. S. (2018). Metaphorizing martial law: Constitutional authoritarianism in Marcos’s rhetoric (1972-1985). Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, 66(4), 417-52
  • Navera, G. S. (2013). Teaching as transformative performance: Performance as kinesis in an argumentative writing class. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 21(4), 1621-1631
  • Navera, G. S. (2011). ‘WAR ON TERROR’ IS A CURATIVE: Recontextualization and political mythmaking in Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s State of the Nation Addresses (2002-2004). Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 8(4), 313-343.
  • Navera, G. S. (2007 December). Performance as kinesis: Facilitation and language teaching as activist performance. Reflections on English Language Teaching, 6(2), 65-75.
  • Navera, G. S. (2006 July to December). The rhetoric of accountability in Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s State of the Nation Addresses (2001-2005). Public Policy 10, 27-57.


  • Navera, G. S. (2012). Metaphorizing the Philippine presidency: Schemas of presidential leadership in the post-Marcos State of the Nation Addresses (1987-2009). PhD Dissertation, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Navera, G. S. (2003). Subversion and reaffirmation of the Erap myth in the ‘Trial of the Century’: A rhetorical inquiry. Unpublished master’s thesis. Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
  • Navera, G. S. (1998). Corazon C. Aquino: The leader as a rhetorician and her place in Philippine history. Unpublished undergraduate thesis. Department of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna. (Awarded Best Thesis by the Department of Humanities).

Seminars & Conferences

  • " Political rhetoric in the Philippines: What’s the matter and why it matters”.  UPLB General Education Conversation. UPLB College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium, 25 September 2017.
  • "Speech criticism as rhetorical citizenship”. Bahaginan: College of Arts and Letters Research Forum and the UP Diliman Discourse Studies Group. Pavilion 1, Room 1131 Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City, 7 August 2017.
  • "Metaphorizing martial law: Constitutional authoritarianism in Marcos’ rhetoric, 1972-1985”. Conference on the “Remains of a Dictatorship: 45 Years after Martial Law”.  Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints and the Ateneo de Manila University Loyola School of Social Sciences, 3-4 August 2017.
  • “Political Discourse in the Age of Social Media: What, How, and Why We Should Teach (about) Opinion-making and the Analysis of Political Talk and Texts”. Plenary Speech during 1st International and 2nd National Language, Kultura and Integration of Technology (LangKIT) Conference. Mindanao State University, Marawi City, Philippines, 26-28 February 2017.
  • “Schemas of Presidential Leadership: PNoy, Barack Obama, and Philippine Political Rhetoric.” 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Atlanta, Georgia, 27-29 May 2016.
  • “Technicism in English language teaching and speech communication education in the Philippines.” CELC Symposium 2016. University Town, National University of Singapore, 25-27 May 2016
  • “Schemas and Presidential Identifications: (Dis)continuities in Philippine Presidential Rhetoric.” The Fifth Biennial New Zealand Discourse Conference. Auckland University of Technology, 7-9 December 2015.
  • “The Philippine Impeachment Trials as Cases of Public Moral Argument.” The 8th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA). University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1-4 July 2014.
  •  “US-British Hegemony and Rhetorical Enactments on the Sabah Question.” The 16th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference.  Marriott River Center, San Antonio, Texas, 22-26 May 2014.
  • “The Forging of Social Justice and the Rhetoric of the Philippine Left.” 2013 International Society for Language Studies Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 13-15 June 2013.
  • “The State of Speech Communication in the Philippines (and the ASEAN): Notes from the Margins.” Keynote Message for the 28th National Convention of the Speech Communication Organization of the Philippines. La Carmela de Boracay, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines, 2-4 May 2013.
  • “’People Power’ in Philippine Presidential Rhetoric: A Schema Theoretic Perspective.” Rhetoric in Society 4. Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication, Section of Rhetoric, University of Copenhagen. 15-18 January 2013.
  • “Seminar on Enhancing Facilitation Skills.” College of Education, Liberal Arts and Science Graduate Studies. De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Cavite, 24 September 2012.
  • “Beyond K+12: What does it mean to be a ‘world class’ teacher of language and literature in higher education?” Plenary Speech. Alliance of Language and Literature Teachers (ALLT), Inc. National Seminar. Venezia Hotel, Bldg 675 Canal Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, SBMA, Olongapo City, 21-22 September 2012.
  • “Schemas and the Presidency: Continuities and Discontinuities in the Post-Marcos Political Rhetoric.” The 2012 Linguistic Society of the Philippines National Conference. University of Asia and the Pacific, Ortigas Drive, Pasig City, 19 May 2012.
  • “In Pursuit of the ‘Tuwid na Daan’: A Critical Analysis of P-Noy’s Presidential Rhetoric (2010-2011).” International Conference on Language and Communication. Graduate School of Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand, 15-16 December 2011.
  • “’Ang Tuwid na Daan’ as Metaphor: A Critical Analysis of Noynoy Aquino’s Rhetoric of Inclusive Growth.” 3rd “Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Conference. University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam, 4-5 December 2011.
  • “Teaching Argument as Transformative Performance.” International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT) 2011. Damai Laut, Perak, Malaysia. 18-20 September 2011.