Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Luke Lu

Lecturer, School of Humanities

Dr Luke Lu

Research areas and projects -

I've recently been awarded a ARF Tier 1 Grant as Principal Investigator, titled 'Investigating the pedagogical use of varieties of English in the Singapore Classroom'. The proposed study will conduct an experiment to teach ‘Standard Singapore English (SSE)’ within a particular secondary school in Singapore, through exposing students to a course of instruction intended to raise their awareness concerning stigmatised forms of Singlish, and comparing these with corresponding forms in a standard variety of the language. The premise here is that by teaching students about the characteristics of SSE and Singlish as separate varieties, they will then be better able to distinguish between formal and colloquial varieties of the language.

Teaching -

I currently teach HW0105/0106 (Academic Communication in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), HW0188 (Engineering Communication I), HW0228 (Scientific Communication II).

Honours and awards -

King’s International Graduate Scholarship
King’s College London

King’s International Partnership Scholarship
King’s College London

King’s Alumni Bursary
King’s College London

Qualifications -

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Language Discourse and Communication.
King’s College London

Master of Arts (MA). Language, Ethnicity and Education.
King’s College London

Postgraduate Diploma in Education, English.
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Hons, English Language and Literature.
National University of Singapore
Research Interests
I'm interested in interactional sociolinguistics, ethnography and issues pertaining to transnational migration, ethnicity, language planning and policy, and education.
Current Projects
  • Investigating the pedagogical use of varieties of English in the Singapore classroom
Selected Publications
  • Lu, Luke. (2019). Singapore’s recruitment of academically elite foreign students: An empirical examination of multiple social fields. Language Policy Forum.
  • Lu, Luke. (2018, June). Accounts of Self-differentiation by Academically Elite Students in Singapore. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, University of Auckland.
  • Lu, Luke. (2016). Academically elite students in Singapore: a collective moral stance toward aspirations and trajectories. AILA Review, 29, 141-172.
  • Lu, Luke.(2016). ‘Designer Immigrant’ Students in Singapore: Challenges for Linguistic Human Rights in a Globalising World. Engaging Superdiversity: Recombining Spaces, Times and Language Practices(277-302). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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