Lee Kooi Cheng

Director, Associate Professor

Contact Information

Telephone: 6516 8880
Fax: 6777 9152
Email: elcleekc@nus.edu.sg
Office: CELC #02-25 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)

LEE Kooi Cheng serves concurrently as Director, Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) and Master, Helix House. While her main interests are in the use of technology in (English) language teaching and learning and assessments, she also has a keen interest in the impact of experiential learning and living-learning programmes on undergraduate students' university experience. Prior to the current joint appointments, Kooi Cheng was Master of King Edward VII Hall for five years, from July 2016 to June 2021. She was concurrently Deputy Director of the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL). At present, Kooi Cheng serves on various university-level committees including University Committee on Educational Policy (UCEP), General Education Committee, Board of Discipline (BoD), and University Teaching Excellence Committee (UTEC). Kooi Cheng is on the Annual Teaching (ATEA) Excellence Honour Roll and is a former member of the NUS Teaching Academy.Kooi Cheng is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (AJSoTL), Editorial Board member of SoTL in the South, Asian Journal of English Language Studies (AJELS)e-Foreign Language Teaching (e-FLT)Register, and Asia-Pacific Journal of Educators and Education (APJEE). Her publications range from English language teaching and communication to academic development and living-learning programmes. She is principal and co-investigator of respective grants funded by the university, Ministry of Education, and Temasek Foundation.

An outdoor person, Kooi Cheng is an avid runner. She also plays tennis occasionally and has been doing voluntary work, engaging mainly with students at the primary school level.

Recent Courses Taught and/or Coordinated

  • UTC1112A Humanising Technology
  • PR4195/PR4196 Pharmacy Research Project and Scientific Communication
  • DMY1401KE Art and Science of Photography

Awards & Recognition

  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (Team) AY2019/2020
  • Fellow, NUS Teaching Academy AY2012/2013 to AY2018/2019
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Honour Roll AY2016/2017
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award AY2015/2016, AY2011/2012, AY2008/2009

Grant Projects

2021 - 2023 Co-Investigator
Undergraduates' Writing Development in Higher Education: Short- and Long-Term Indicators of Growth. Ministry of Education Tertiary Research Fund (MOE-TRF).

2019 - 2021 Co-Investigator
A corpus-inspired evaluative inquiry on written academic literacy. ALSET Seed Grant.

2019 - 2022 Principal Investigator
'OK English Expressions': A study on the effectiveness of mobile assisted language learning (MALL). Learning Innovation Fund (Technology).

Development of curriculum, methodologies and materials for English language lecturers and teacher trainers of Ministry of Education, Thailand. Temasek Foundation.

2010 - 2012 Co-project Director
Academic writing teaching methodologies for English language teacher trainers of teacher training colleges in Laos involving 10 CELC colleagues and 15 Lao teacher trainers. Temasek Foundation.

2009 - 2012 Co-project Director
Capability building of English language curriculum developers for professional communication for university faculty in ASEAN universities. Temasek Foundation.

Editorial Board

  • Co-Editor in Chief, Asian Journal of Teaching and Learning (AJSoTL)
  • Editorial Board Member, Asia Pacific Journal of Educators and Education (APJEE)
  • Editorial Board Member, SoTL in the South Journal
  • Editorial Board member, Asian Journal of English Language Studies (AJELS)

Selected Publications (since 2019)

  • Lee, K.C., & Wu, S.M. (in progress).  Disciplinary academic literacy at higher education: Re-thinking ELT.  In S. Boun & C.S. Duran (Eds.), English Education in Southeast Asian Contexts: Policy, Practice, and Identity (pp. XXXX).
  • Wu, S.M., Lee, K.C., & Chan, E. (in progress).  The Conclusion – how to end a scientific report in style. In S. Rowland & L. Kuchel (Eds.), Effective Communication in Science Program: Practical Guide for Students and Teachers (pp. XXXX).
  • Wong, E.Y.W., & Lee, K.C. (2022). Connecting the dots: Nurturing students for a future-ready global workforce. Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(1). 1-4.
  • Lee K. C., & Wong, E. Y. W. (2021). Fidelity in teaching in enhancing student learning. Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11(2), 73-75.
  • Low, H.M., Thien, L.M., & Lee, K.C. (2021). Transformative educational practices in Asia Pacific Region during and post COVID-19 pandemic. Asia Pacific Journal of Educators and Education, 36(2), iii-v.
  • Ragupathi, K., & Lee, K.C. (2021). Navigating opportunities and challenges during uncertain times: Role and value of academic development units. Asia-Pacific Journal of Educators and Education, 36(2), 281-298. https://doi.org/10.21315/apjee2021.36.2.14
  • Chng, H.H., & Lee, K.C. (2021). One Singapore institution’s evolution from service to partnership: A case study. In Huijser, H., M. Kek, & Padro, F.F. (Eds.), University Support and Administration, pp. 1-12. Singapore: Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3364-4_17-1  
  • Lee, K.C., & Simpson, Z. (2021). Faithfulness and fidelity across identities and contexts for SOTL in the global South. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South5(2), 1-3. https://doi.org/10.36615/sotls.v5i2.245
  • Lee, K.C., Soong, A.S., & Putra, A.S. (2021). Internationalisation at Home (IaH) in living-learning contexts. SoTL in the South Journal, 5(1), 107-128.
  • Brooke, M., Lee, K.C., Cook, M., Navera, G., & Tang, J. (2020).  Trekking the educator track at a research-intensive university: Five accounts of different career levels.  International Journal for SoTL, 14(2), Article 3.  https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/vol14/iss2/3
  • Lee, K.C., Yang, A., Ahad, A.D., & Salathong, J. (November 2020).  Sharing good teaching practices: How have we coped in the time of a pandemic?  Teaching Connections. https://blog.nus.edu.sg/teachingconnections/2020/11/18/sharing-good-teaching-practices-how-have-we-coped-in-the-time-of-a-pandemic/  
  • Lee, K.C., & Scoles, J. (2020).  Good teaching practices: Re-examining curricula, materials, activities, assessments.  SoTL in the South Journal, 4(2), 1-5.
  • Lee, K.C., Goh, H., Teng, J., & Wong, K.W. (2020).  Flipped approach: An investigation on learner engagement.  SoTL in the South Journal, 4(2), 118-137.
  • Cook, M. S. S. W, & Lee, K. C. (2019). “I ever eat at Zizzi: The importance of speaking popperly”: A reflection on beliefs and actual classroom practice. Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(1), 81-91.

Selected Invited Presentations (since 2019)

  • Lee, K.C. (November 2020). “English Language Teaching in the digital era: Challenges, Realities, and Possibilities”.  Invited Speaker at the 8th International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICoELT8), Universitas Negeri Padang, 7 November 2020.
  • Lee, K.C. (October 2019).  “Writing in higher education: Lessons from the classroom”.  Invited Speaker at 8th International Conference on Languages and Arts (ICLA 8th), Universitas Negeri Padang, 17 to 18 October 2019.

Presentations (since 2019)

  • Ho, C.K., Lee, K.C., & Kuek, S. (May 2022). “Re-envisioning living-learning in a living-learning programme: Insights from Covid-19 pandemic”. Joint-presentation at the Collegiate Way International Online Conference 2022, 18 to 20 May 2022.


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