Teacher and three Adult Learners at Napier Road Centre

British Council

Thursday 22 October 2015 -
18:30 to 21:30

From Input to Implementation: Closing the Loop in Teacher Development, a symposium on directions in 21st Century Teacher Development moderated by Teacher Development Centre, British Council Singapore


Dr Paul Grahame Doyle

As Programme Director (Subject Literacy), Paul heads the team in ELIS that manages professional learning programmes in effective communication skills and subject literacy for English medium subject teachers. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University, England. Before joining ELIS, he was involved in secondary and in-service teacher education and research with the National Institute of Education. His research interests are in disciplinary literacy, classroom discourse, and corpus-based descriptions of language, as well as school-based collaborative teacher inquiry. He has published in Language and Education.

Martin Yakabuski

Martin has worked in the field of education for 31 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, Kingston and a Master of Education in Literacy development from Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax. He also holds Specialist Qualifications in Reading, Literacy and Special Education from the University of Toronto. Martin is passionate about Literacy and has held teaching, coaching and consulting positions, as well as numerous leadership roles, implementing MOE Ontario literacy initiatives to build system capacity since 1990. His expertise is in Critical Literacy and language development across the curriculum. At British Council Singapore, Martin holds the post of Training Consultant.

Dr Jennifer Pei-Ling Tan

Jennifer, PhD, MEd (Language and Literacy), MBus (Research, Information Systems), GDipTESOL, BAcc (Honours), is a Research Scientist specialising in Creativity, 21st Century Literacies and Learning, Co-Convenor of the Creativity and 21st Century Competencies Research Task Force, and Assistant Dean (Knowledge Mobilisation) at the Office of Education Research, NIE, Singapore. She has more than 15 years of professional experience working with schools, governments and industry partners to design, implement, and evaluate technology-enhanced teaching and learning initiatives, across public and private, national and international K-12 and tertiary education sectors in Singapore and Australia. In her various roles, Jennifer has worked with learners and teachers from a wide range of socio-economic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including various marginalised groups such as academically at-risk learners in Singapore and Australia, young refugee and rural migrants from Africa, India and People's Republic of China. She is deeply passionate about improving the learning and life outcomes of all young people through transformative education.

Dr Marie Alina Yeo

Marie, Doctor of Education (Ed.D), has been working in the education sector for the past 25 years. She has been involved in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has worked on capacity-building projects, training teachers, trainers and educational administrators. She has worked in universities in Australia, China and Vietnam, on international aid and NGO projects in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, and for various private educational organisations in Singapore. Marie is currently working at SEAMEO RELC training educators from all over Asia. Her current areas of interest are Assessment for Learning (AfL), Blended Learning, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and Teaching English to Young Learners. Marie is also the Editor of the RELC Journal.


Leslie Davis

Leslie has been an educator for a decade in a variety of contexts – as an English teacher in an international school in Turkey, a Literacy teacher in public schools in the US, and teaching EFL to adults in New Zealand. Before coming to Singapore, she worked as a teacher mentor for Primary teachers in Sarawak, Malaysia. Leslie is passionate about supporting educators to find solutions for issues in their classroom. She has a BA in English Language and Literature from The College of William and Mary and a Master’s of Teaching from the University of Virginia. She is a registered teacher both in the US and in New Zealand. At the British Council Singapore, Leslie holds the post of Training Consultant.

This event is by invitation-only and open to educators in Singapore and the region. Please email poovan.devasagayam@britishcouncil.org.sg to request an invite.