James D. Stephen

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information

Telephone: 6516 8876
Email: elcjds@nus.edu.sg
Office: CELC #03-19 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sheffield, UK
  • MEd, University of Sheffield, UK
  • BA, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Postgrad Dip Ed., National University of Singapore, Singapore

Modules Taught

  • FAS1101:Writing Academically
  • SP2171: Discovering Science (Lecturer and Co-ordinator)
  • ES2002: Business Communication (Lecturer and Co-ordinator)
  • IS2101: Business and Technical Communication (Lecturer)
  • CS2301: Business and Technical Communication (Lecturer)
  • EG1413: Critical Thinking and Writing (Lecturer)
  • ES2007D: Professional Communication (Lecturer & Co-ordinator)
  • CG1413: Effective Team Communication (Lecturer & Co-ordinator)
  • ES5002: Advanced Level Writing (PhD Thesis Writing) ( Lecturer)
  • BMA5014: Advanced Business Communication for MBA students (Lecturer & Co-ordinator)
  • ES2002: Business Communication (Lecturer & Co-ordinator)
  • Writing Customer-centric E-mails (Trainer and Facilitator)
  • Effective Circular Writing for OHR Staff (Trainer and Facilitator)
  • Effective Business Communication Workshop for NUS Staff (Trainer and Facilitator)
  • Intensive English Course for SM2 & SM3 students from PRC, China.
  • NUS Research Institute-NUSRI (Suzhou, China) - Intensive English Programme for Masters Students
  • King Abdullah Scholarship Programme (KASP) for Masters Students from King Abdullah University, Saudi Arabia (Co-ordinator and Lecturer)

Research Interests

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Data Mining in Social Media and Big Data
  • Digital Literacy & Cyberliteracy
  • Language, Thought, Dialogue and Meaning in digital spaces
  • Negotiating Meaning in Web 3.0
  • E-learning platforms in Higher Education


  • STEPHEN, J. D. (2015). "English Exam Practice" ( 2nd Ed). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International.
  • STEPHEN, J. D. (2007). "Practice Papers In English". Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International.
  • STEPHEN, J. D. (2005)."Writing for the New Media". In Professional English Writing, ed. Ian Weber, comp. SIM University. Singapore: Open University Press, 33 pp.
  • STEPHEN, J. D. (2004), "Dungeons and Dragons--Making Sense of Electronic Dictionaries". Proceedings of the First International Language Learning Conference 2004, ed. Tengku Sepora Tengku Mahadi, comp. USM, Malaysia. (2004). Penang: Universiti Sains Malaysia. (1st International Language Learning Conference, 16 -18 Dec 2004, Penang.
  • STEPHEN, J. D. (2004), "Extending Tutorials into Discussion Forums". Ideas on Teaching, Vol 1. No 2 (December, 2004). Singaapore: CDTL., Singapore.

Seminar & Conferences

  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Never mind the content, focus of the Language: A kaleidoscope of Challenges for the Language Teacher" . Paper Presented at the 6th International Conference on New Trends In English Language Teaching and Testing. 8th - 9th September 2018. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Student Feedback: Reaching down to the root [of] where it really matters" . 8th Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (TLHE 2018). 25th September 2018. Shaw Foundation Alumni House. National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "What's up, WhatsApp: [De]vices of Interpersonal Communication" . Paper Presented at Strengthening Connectives in ELT: Pedagogies, Disciplines, Cultures. CELC International Symposium 2016. 25th - 27th May 2016, uTown, National University of Singapore. Singapore.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Smartphones, Tablets, Handheld Devices and Other Vices ". Paper Presented at 7th International Conference on Multimodality (7iCOMM). 11th -13th June 2014. Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Have a Good Dream: Differing Impressions of Formality in Written Communication amongst a group of MBA students from China and Korea." Paper Presented at 6th Global Advances in Business Communication Conference. 27th -29th May 2014. Kuching, Sarawak.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Navigating Densely interwoven Spaces in Web 2.0".Paper Presented at Alternative Pedagogies in the English Language & Communication Classroom. CELC International Symposium 2013. 27th - 29th May 2013, uTown, National University of Singapore. Singapore.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Locating Information in an Interconnected Cyberspace". Paper Presented at CELC Staff Seminar. 13 February 2013. NUS. Singapore.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Email: A Bit More Subtle and a Lot More Intricate". Paper Presented at CELC International Symposium 2007 . 30 May -1 June 2007.Hilton Hotel, Singapore. Singapore.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Writing Effective Email". Paper Presented at CELC Staff Seminar .14 Feb 2007. NUS, Singapore.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Email -- Watch Your Tone". Paper Presented at 10th Conference on ENGLISH IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA: A DECADE OF GROWTH (10SEA). 12 - 14 December 2005. Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Brunei.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "Dungeons and Dragons--Making Sense of Electronic Dictionaries". Paper Presented at 1st International Language Learning Conference. 16 - 18 Dec 2004. Universiti Sains Malaysia. Evergreen Laurel Hotel. Penang.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "He Send His Son Go To School": Usage Of Non Standard English amongst Undergraduates In NUS". CELC Staff Seminar (Promotion of Standard English (PROSE). 11 October 2003. National University of Singapore. Singapore.
  • STEPHEN, J. D., "The Web of Tales--Engaging Students to Write Stories on the Web." Paper Presented at 7th International Conference on Thinking. 2 - 7 June 1997. Suntec City Convention Centre. Singapore.