Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

Office: AS5/06-03
Email: ellchh@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 3924
Fax: (65) 6773 2981
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/ellchh/
| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Research Interests | Publications | Other Information | Public Lectures/Talks | Articles on Pedagogy

Brief Introduction Top

Hi, I am Dr Chng Huang Hoon of the Department of English Language & Literature. I hold a B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy and an M.A. in English Language, both from the National University of Singapore. I received my PhD (Linguistics) from the University of Texas at Austin. I am Singaporean.

Teaching Areas Top

1. I have taught a range of modules:

a) AS3213 American Law: Language and Gender

b) EL3253 Critical Discourse Analysis

c) EL4253 Language, Gender and Text

d) EL1101E The Nature of Language

Note: I am currently on leave from my department and will not be offering any of the above modules till further notice.

2. Teaching Awards:

a) Faculty Teaching Awards, 2002 to 2004, 2008 

b) NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Awards, 2001 to 2004, 2008

Current Research Top

My research interests include:

1. Asian feminism and feminist classroom practice, with focus on Singapore

2. construction of Singaporean and gender identities


Research Interests Top

I am interested in looking at women's issues in the context of law and society. My primary interest has been on the language of the judicial opinions delivered by the American Supreme Court with regard to cases of gender discrimination. I also work on feminist theory and practice. In addition, I am also interested in critical discourse analysis of texts because of my interest in identity, ideology and power issues.

Publications Top


  • Separate and Unequal: Judicial Rhetoric and Women's Rights (John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2002)
  • Asia and America: Influences and Representations, (co-edited with Gilbert Yeoh), CAS Research Papers Series No.26, National University of Singapore, 2000.
  • Not Among Peers: The Judicial Construction of Rights and Gender Roles, CAS Research Papers Series No.7, National University of Singapore, 1999.
  • Towards Multidisciplinarity: The Case of Judicial Language, CAS Research Paper Series No.5, National University of Singapore, 1996


  • "Celebrating Singapore's Development: An Analysis of the Millennium Stamps" in Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis: Studies in Social Change, Lynne Young and Claire Harrison (eds., 2004), Continuum Press, London.
  • "Looking to East and West: Feminist Practice in an Asian classroom", Fractured Feminisms: Rhetoric, Context, and Contestation, Laura Gray-Rosendale and Gil Harootunian (eds.),2003 (co-authored with Chitra Sankaran), New York: SUNY Press
  • "The linguistic construction of gender and ideology in judicial discourse", Knowledge and Discourse: Towards an Ecology of Language, Colin Barron, Nigel Bruce and David Nunan (eds), Pearson Education Ltd, Essex, UK, 2002.
  • In the beginning there was Myra: The Role of Language in the construction of gender and power relations in the judicial setting, Text in Education and Society, Desmond Allison, Lionel Wee, Bao Zhiming and Sunita Anne Abraham (eds.), Singapore University Press, Singapore, 1998


  • "Negotiating crisis in a feminism classroom: The politics of representation", in Australian Feminist Studies, Vol.22, No.52, pp.127-140, 2007.
  • "We women aren't free to die: Transacting Asian Sexualities in a Feminism Classroom in Singapore", in Critical Asian Studies, Vol.36:2, pp.285-301, 2004.
  • Who are my Peers? Women, Men, and the American Jury, Australasian Journal of American Studies, Vol.21:1, July 2002, pp.46-62.
  • 'You see me no up': Is Singlish a Problem?, Journal of Language Problems and Language Planning, Vol.27:1, 2003, pp.45-62.


  • Nirmala Purushotam's Negotiating Language, Constructing Race: Disciplining Difference in Singapore in English World-Wide (1999)
  • Norman Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis in Journal of Pragmatics 26 (1996)

Other Information Top

  • Director, Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL), August 2008-present.
  • Chairperson, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Programme, March 2007-July 2008.
  • Assistant Dean (External Relations, FASS), April 2006-July 2008.
  • President, Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics (SAAL), 2004-2008.
  • Member, Steering Committee for Gender Studies Minor, FASS, NUS, 2004-2005.
  • Member, FTEC/FASS, 2005-2007.
  • Academic Convenor, Gender Studies Program, 2005-2006.
  • Academic Convenor, American Studies Program, 2004-2006. 
  • Outreach Coordinator, Dept of English Language and Literature, 2003-2006.
  • Honorary Secretary, Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics, 1998-2004.

I have organized the following conferences:

a) Co-chair, TLHE2008, 3-5 December 2008, NUS, Singapore.

b) Co-organizer, American Studies Inside and Out: Teaching and Studying American Studies in the Age of Globalization, Jointly hosted by NUS American Studies Program and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 20-21 July 2004, NUS, Singapore.

c) Chair for Congress Programming, 13th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2002), 16-21 December 2002, Suntec City, Singapore. 

d) Organizing Secretary, NUS American Studies Conference, May 1999, NUS.

e) Organizing Secretary, 4th International Association for World Englishes Conference, December 1997, York Hotel, Singapore.


Public Lectures/Talks Top

List of Most Recent Public Presentations


14 May 2009, "Back to basics or innovative methods for the 21st century classroom? Some thoughts from a T&L practitioner", International Conference on Cross-Cultural Language Teaching, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC. (Invited).


20-22 November 2008, "Silent or silenced: Technological interventions in a Singaporean classroom", ELLAK 2008 Conference on "Re-visioning English Studies in Asia", Onyang, South Korea.


30 September, 2008, "The 'other' classroom: Feminist exploration of cyberspace", Gender Studies Research Centre, National Tsinghua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, ROC. (Invited).


8-10 February 2007, Conference Presentation, Chng, HH, 'Doing Feminism in Singapore: From Consciousness Raising to the Feminist Challenge', Educating Women/Women's Education in the Post-Secondary Context, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


10-12 November 2006, Featured Speaker, Chng H H, Border Crossing: Challenging and transcending boundaries in teaching, to be presented at the 15th International Symposium on English Teaching, Taipei.


10-12 November 2006, Featured Speaker, Chng H H, Engaging tertiary students in the knowledge enterprise: From tutelage to empowerment, to be presented at the 15th International Symposium on English Teaching, Taipei.


1-3 June 2005, Conference Presentation, Chng, H H and Tan Kok Wan, Peter, Changing patterns and attitudes: Naming practices among Malay Singaporeans", Asialex 2005, Singapore.

18 May 2005, Invited Lecture, Chng, H H, "A Question of Choice: Thirty Years After Roe v. Wade", University of Sydney, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry.

4-5 November 2004, Teaching Symposium, Chng, H H, ‘From Classroom to Life: Empowering Students Through Collaborative Teaching and Learning’, Second FASS-CDTL Teaching Symposium on “Innovative Approaches to University Teaching and Learning”, CDTL, NUS, Singapore.


20-22 July 2004, Teaching Workshop, Chng, H H & Quek, S H, ‘Situating American Studies: What it Means to “do” American Studies in Singapore’, Workshop on American Studies Inside and Out: Studying and Teaching about the United States in an Age of Globalization, Jointly organized by National University of Singapore and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Singapore.


16-18 December 2003, Conference Presentation, Chng, H H & Chitra Sankaran, ‘Negotiating Crisis in a Feminism Classroom: The Politics of Representation’, International Conference on Language and Nationhood: Confronting New Realities.


4-6 April 2002, Conference Presentation, Chng, H H, ‘You see me no up’: The linguistic rights of Singlish speakers”, SS14, University of G(h)ent, Belgium.


5-7 September 2001, Conference Presentation, Sankaran, Chitra & Chng H H, Transacting Asian sexualities in a Feminist Classroom in Singapore, paper presented at Asian Diasporas and Cultures: Globalisation, Hybridity, Intertextuality, DELL, Singapore.


22-27 July 2001, Conference Presentation, Chng, H H, Celebrating Singapore’s Development: An Analysis of the Millennium Stamps. Paper presented at ISFC 28, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.





Articles on Pedagogy Top

Chng, H H (2009), "Designing Interactive Spaces for Teaching and Learning", CDTL Brief

Chng, H H (2005), "I teach to watch the lights come on: Reflections on best practices", CDTL Brief.

Chng, H H (2005), "From classroom to life: Empowering students through collaborative teaching and learning", in Innovative Approaches to University Teaching & Learning, FASS-CDTL Symposium 2004, pp.18-23.
Chng, H H (2003), "Cultivating student ownership and independence through collaborative teaching and learning", in Ideas on Teaching, CDTL, NUS, Vol.2, pp.22-23.

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