Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Koo-Cheah Swit Ling, Diane

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Koo-Cheah Swit Ling, Diane

Assistant Professor Koo Swit Ling is currently the Deputy Director of the Language and Communication Centre in the School of Humanities at the Nanyang Technological University. She is also a member of the LCC Management Commitee overseeing the administration of teaching.

Communication skills courses -
Scientific Communication, Professional Communication, Technical Communication, Effective Communication
Foundation courses -
MAE Graduate Thesis Writing Course, English Proficiency
General Electives -
Effective Communication for the workplace, Reading Thinking and Communication

Honours and Awards
2015 Nanyang Technological University Long Service Award
2014 National Day Awards - Long Service Medal
2011 Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award - Certificate of Honour
2004 Nominated for Teaching Excellence
1995 Nominated for Teaching Excellence
1994 Nominated for Teaching Excellence

Leadership Roles
Deputy Director of the Language and Communication Centre 2005 - present
LCC English Language Test Lead for graduate students - 2008 - 2009
LCC Communication Skills Curriculum Lead 2005 - 2012
Overall CoE Communication Skills Coordinator 2000 - 2003
MAE Professional Communication Lead 1999 - 2005
Assistant Programme Director for the International English Course for Senior Vietnamese Officials 2002-2003
Senior Hall Fellow 2001- 2010

Contributions to School and University
English Language course for graduate students offered on the request of students before the university had any formal language course for graduate students 1993-1995

Search Committees for full-time and part-time faculty 2005 - present
Curriculum Committee lead for General Elective, Effective communication for the workplace 2017 - present
Research Interests
Assistant Professor Koo Swit Ling's current research interest is in the role of culture in oral communication in the language classroom and in the workplace.
Selected Publications
  • Winder, Roger, Koo, Swit Ling and Kathpalia, Sujata S. (2015). Writing Centre Tutoriing Sessions: Correlation between student and peer-tutoring perceptions. LCC Working Papers, .
  • Kathpalia, Sujata S. and Swit Ling Koo. (2008, December). Is blended e-learning the way to go?. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on English in South East Asia (ESEA 2008), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Kathpalia, Sujata S. and Swit Ling Koo. (2008). Is collocation the way to language proficiency?. TESL Reporter, 41(1), 1-11.
  • Kathpalia, Sujata S. and Swit Ling Koo.(2007). A paradigm shift from passive to active learning. In Chitra Shegar and Ridzuan B. A. Rahim(Ed), Redesigning pedagogy: Voices of practitioners(1-14). Singapore: Pearson.
  • Kathpalia, Sujata S. and Swit Ling Koo. (2007). Learning communities in university classrooms. Reflections on English Language Teaching, 6(1), 65-78.

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