Name of Staff: Ong Cheng Teik
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: M.A. (Linguistics and English Language Studies), Universiti Sains Malaysia
B. Ed. (TESL) 2nd Class Upper Honours, Universiti Malaya  


Mr Ong Cheng Teik started his teaching career when he graduated in 1997, teaching in private colleges in Kuala Lumpur and Penang such as Sedaya College, Taylor’s College, Inti College and KDU College. He then furthered his career as a teacher trainer at National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where he was involved in the supervision of Teaching Apprenticeship and Teaching Practicum.

He has taught a range of courses at certificate, diploma, degree and post-graduate diploma levels, some of which are English Proficiency, Business English, Hospitality and Tourism English, Digital Newsletter, Online Journalism, Pedagogical Grammar of English, Communication Skills for Teachers, Language and Structure of Texts, The Study of Language and Academic Discourse Skills.

Course Development Experience:

> Communication Skills for Teachers (PGDE, NIE)
> Grammar (B.A., NIE)   Research Interest: Critical discourse analysis, code-switching and grammar  
> Research Projects and Consultancy Work:

Research Projects:

> Understanding the Relationship between Writing Instructors’ Motivational Strategies and Student Motivation (NIE)
> Religious Ideologies and Literacy Practices (NIE)
> Singapore Pre-service Teachers’ Beliefs about the Teaching and Learning of Grammar (NIE)
> English in Schools: Student Teachers’ Perceptions of Language Use in a Multilingual Language Community (NIE)

Consultancy Work:

Consultancy Work with the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore, on the Revised Entrance Proficiency Test (REEPT) Development Project – 1st Pilot and 2nd Pilot (2011-2012)

Selected Publications:   

> Journal Articles (Refereed)

  • Chew, G.L.P., & Ong, C.T. (2013). Code-switching and language shift: A case study of an Islamic classroom. Language and Communication Quarterly, 2(2), 73-91.
  • Ong, C.T., & Chew, G.L.P. (2013). A Preliminary study of teacher code-switching in Islamic education instructions. The English Teacher, XLII(1), 1-24.
  • Kiss, T., Ong, C. T., & Pelly, C. (2012). Student teachers’ perception of language use and their professional image. Malaysian Journal of ELT Research, 8(1), 77-118.
  • Ong, C.T. (2011). Singapore pre-service teachers’ beliefs about the teaching and learning of grammar. The English Teacher, 40, 27-47.

> Book Chapters (Refereed)

  • Ong, C.T. (2013). The use of Critical Discourse Analysis in developing critical consumers of discourse: Examination of the construction of power relations via grammar of transitivity in speeches on terrorism. In Ambigapathy, P., Liew, C.C.L., Tan, D.A.L., Jayagowri, M., Lee, B.C., &Toh, C.H.(Eds.), New Literacies: Reconstructing education and language (pp. 121-141). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Ong, C.T. (2013). Capitalism: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Cecil Rajendra’s Broken Buds. In Poulos, G & Varella, S. (Eds.), Explorations in world literature, from ancient to contemporary (pp. 25-39). Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research.
  • Ellis,M., Hanington,L.M., Ong, C.T. & Wilkinson, M. (2012). Blended is better? A new approach to communication skills for pre-service teachers. In Kabilan, M.K., Wei, K.T. &Widodo, H.P. (Eds.), ICT & ELT: Research & practices in South East Asia (pp. 72-91). Pulau Pinang: Universiti Sains Malaysia Press.
  • Ong, C.T. (2011). Language and power: A Critical Discourse Analysis of speeches on terrorism. In Ambigapathy, P., A., Shaik Abdul Malik Mohamed & Toh, C.H. (Eds.), Forging unity amidst diversity: From the classroom and beyond (pp.13-22). Pulau Pinang: School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Selected Conferences, Seminars and Workshops:

> Conference Presentations

  • Ong, C.T. (2012). Delivering a Course on Communication Skills for Teachers in a Blended Learning Environment. Paper presented at the 11thAsiaCALL International Conference 2012: Visionary CALL Paradigms for the Asian Century: Pushing the Boundaries of Learning, Teaching, Research and Technology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, November 2012.
  • Ong, C.T. (2012). Factors Affecting Learner Motivation: Implications to the Teaching of English. Paper presented at the 21st MELTA International Conference 2012: Reframing English Language Education: New Environments, New Needs, New Solutions, Kuching, Malaysia, June 2012.
  • Ong, C.T., & Chew, G. L. P. (2011). Code-Switching in Sacred Literacy Processes and Instructions. Paper presented at the 16th English in South-East Asia Conference: English for People Empowerment, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, December 2011.
  • Ong, C.T. (2010). A Lexical Study of Malaysianisation of English in the Media in Malaysia. Paper presented at the 10th ALA International Conference: Awareness Matters: Language, Culture and Literacy, Kassel, Germany, July 2010.

> Talks and Seminars

  • Hanington, L., Ong, C.T. & Ellis, M. (2013). Moodle and Blackboard: Support for Blended Learning. Talk presented at e-Fiesta: Open Learning. What is it? Why should I Care? How do I Get Involved?, Centre for e-Learning (CeL), National Institute of Education, Singapore, January 2013.
  • Ong, C.T., & Chew, G. L. P. (2012). Code-Switching in the Religious Domain. Talk presented at the English Language and Literature Talks and Seminars Session, English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Singapore, October 2012.

Official Correspondence Address:

School of Education, Languages & Communications
Wawasan Open University
54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang

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