Profile

Name: Maria Luisa C. Sadorra
Telephone: 6516 3867
Email: elcsml@nus.edu.sg
Office: #03-09 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)

Academic Qualifications

  • DA Language and Literature De La Salle University, Philippines
  • MA Speech Communication University of Denver, USA
  • BA Communication Arts University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Philippines

Awards

  • CELC Commendation for Teaching Excellence 2006-2007
  • TOEFL Board Grant for International Participation, TESOL Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rotary Foundation Education Award, Rotary International, University of Denver

Modules/Courses Taught

  • Academic writing
  • Professional communication for arts and engineering students
  • Postgraduate courses in academic writing, speaking and listening
  • English consultancy courses for international postgraduates at the Faculty of Law, and international undergraduate students and faculty
  • Pre-university intensive English courses for scholars

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and public persona
  • Interpersonal communication
  • EAP writing pedagogy

Language Education Grants

  • Course and Institution: Specialist Certificate in Language Curriculum and Materials Development, RELC (Regional Language Centre), Singapore. 2000. Awarding institution: Department of Education, Philippines
  • Convention: TESOL 33rd Annual Convention (Avenues of Success), New York. 1999. Awarding Institution: USIS/USIA Manila Philippines
  • Course and institution: 17th Workshop for Asian-Pacific Teachers of English, The Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange (CAPE) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 1995. Awarding Institution: USIS/USIA Manila Philippines
  • Paper presentation: Regional Language Centre (RELC) Annual International Seminar on Language Teaching Methodologies for the Nineties (Official Philippine delegate; Co-presented with Aum C. Sinha, “Using a learning-centred approach to teach communicative written discourse in the ESL class”). 1989. Awarding Institution: Department of Education, Philippines
  • Course and institution: English for Specific Purposes Teacher Training Course for Experienced Teachers, University of Lancaster (UK). 1985. Awarding Institution: British Council Manila, Philippines

Publications

  • Jaidev, R., Sadorra, M.L.C., Wong, J.O., Lee, M.C., & Lorente, B.P. (Eds.) (2011). Global perspectives, local initiatives: Reflections and practices in ELT: The Centre for English Language Communication Third Symposium Proceedings. Singapore: Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. ISBN 978-981-08-0198-4
  • Sadorra, M.L.C., Cheng, K.C., Young, D. J., Adeyeye, A.O., Ang, M. Jr., & Lim, L.T. (2009). Borrowing information from others. In T. R. F. Tupas. C. Cook, & N. M. Ismail, Communicating in the university culture. Singapore: Centre for English Language Communication.
  • Wu, S.M., Tupas, T.R.F., Chew, M.L., Sadorra, M.L.C., & Varaprasad, C. (Eds.). (2009). The English language teaching and learning landscape: Continuity, innovation and diversity: The Centre for English Language Communication Second Symposium Proceedings. Singapore: Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. ISBN 978-981-08-0198-4
  • Sadorra, M.L.C. (2008). Workplace Literacy Series: Level 1: Units 1, 5, 6-10 (Beginner) Trainer's Manual. Workplace Literacy Series. Singapore: NTUC Learning Hub Pte Ltd and the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) 2008. (A literacy project of the NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd and the Centre for English Language Communication, NUS).
  • Sadorra, M.L.C. (2008). Workplace Literacy Series: Level : Units 1, 5, 6-10 (Beginner) Trainee's Manual. Workplace Literacy Series. Singapore: NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd. (A literacy project of the NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd and the Centre for English Language Communication, NUS).
  • Wu, S.M., Tupas, T.R.F., Zhu S., Blackstone, B., Chan, P., Xudong, D., Goh, H., Ho, P.W., Lee, K.C., Sadorra, M.L.C., Seow, R., & Tan, S. (2008). Students’ written errors: A summary of preliminary results (Teaching Enhancement Grant Rep.) Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore.
  • Deng, X.D., Cole, V.M., Sadorra, M.L.C., & Wu, S.M. (Eds.). (2006). Paradigm shifts in English language teaching and learning. The Centre for English Language Communication First Symposium Proceedings. Singapore: Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore.
  • Carreon, E., & Sadorra, L. (2005). The road less traveled: Nonnative-English-speaking teachers take control of assessment standards. In T. Murphey & K. Sato (Eds.), Communities of supportive professionals (pp. 13-23). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL. ISBN-10 1931185263
  • Sadorra, L.C., Gamboa, M.R., & Gan, J.Z. (2005). Gestures in oral presentations: Teaching beyond words. RELC Guidelines, 27(2), 19-24.
  • Culiat-Sadorra, L. (1997). How did I do? Overcoming speech anxiety. In J.C. Richards (Series Ed.) & T. Boswood (Ed.) New ways of using computers in language teaching (pp. 286-288). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL. ISBN 0-939 791692
  • Sinha, A.C., & Sadorra, L.C. (1991). A primer on ESP (English for Specific Purposes) for teachers of English. Manila, Philippines: De La Salle University Press. ISBN 0116-8073
  • Sadorra, L. 1990. Using the computer to evaluate and monitor oral performances. Teaching English for Specific Purposes Journal, 9, 83-95. Manila, Philippines: De La Salle University.
  • Sadorra, M.L.C. (1985). Using ESP (English for Specific Purposes) to teach description. Teaching English for Specific Purposes Journal, 4, 36-44. Manila, Philippines: De La Salle University.

Research Projects

  • Assessing international postgraduate research students preparedness for the English demands of graduate studies, Academic Year 2008/2009
  • Metacognitive strategy use and second language reading: Predicting reading performance, Semester 2, Academic Year 2003/2004

Seminars & Conferences

  • Sadorra, M.L.C., & Pinto, K. (2012, April). Virtual learning environments and teacher preparedness in the L2 writing classroom. Paper presented at the 47th RELC International Seminar on Multiliteracies in Language Education, SEAMEO RELC Centre, Singapore.
  • Sadorra, M. L. C. (2009, March). Enactments of language policies: Implications for learning and teacher education. An invited featured paper presentation at the 43rd TESOL Annual TESOL Convention, Denver, Colorado.
  • Sadorra, M.L.C. (2008, January). Redesigning a language course within the context of ongoing institutional changes: A case of organizational learning. Paper presented at the colloquium on Power/Imagination/Accommodation: Flexibility in Southeast Asian Contexts at the International Conference on Responding to Change: Flexibility in the Delivery of Language Programmes, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Sadorra, L., Gan, Z.J., & Gamboa, M. (2005, April). Exploring the interplay between verbal and nonverbal behaviours in a student’s oral presentation. Paper presented at the 40th RELC International Seminar on New Dimensions in the Teaching of Oral Communication, SEAMEO RELC Centre, Singapore.
  • Sadorra, M. L. C. (2004, April). Metacognitive awareness and second language reading. Paper presented at the Centre for English Language Communication Staff Seminar, Singapore.
  • Sadorra, M. L. C. (2002, December). Reading in two languages: A profile of bilingual readers' strategy use. Paper presented at the 13th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA, Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee, Singapore.
  • Sadorra, L., & Carreon, E. (2002, April). NNS teachers developing their own scoring standards. Paper presented at the 36th Annual TESOL Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. April 12, 2002.
  • Sadorra, M. L. C. (2002, April). Re-constructing and responding: Making sense of materials and practice. Paper presented at the 37th RELC International Seminar on Methodology and Materials Design in Language Teaching: Current Perceptions and Practices and Their Implications, SEAMEO RELC Centre, Singapore.
  • Sadorra, M.L.C. (2000, November). Reading what adolescents think. Paper presented at the Reading Association of the Philippines—The International Development in Asia Committee Convention on Literacy Initiatives in Asia: Making a Difference, Development Academy of the Philippines, Pasig City, Philippines
  • Sadorra, L. C. (1996, April). Putting the computer to work: Evaluating oral reports in large classes. Paper presented at the 31st RELC International Seminar on Language Classrooms of Tomorrow: Issues and Responses, SEAMEO RELC Centre, Singapore.
  • Sinha, A. C., & Sadorra, L.C. (1989). Using a learning-centred approach to teach communicative written discourse in the ESL class. Paper presented at the RELC International Seminar on Language Teaching Methodologies for the Nineties (Official Philippine delegate).