Associate Professor

Associate Dean, Outreach and Engagement, GPL

Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL), English Language & Literature (ELL)

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Ph.D. (Linguistics), Purdue University, USA


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Research Interests
Academic Writing, Writing Instruction, Writing Teacher Identity

  • Yin Ling Cheung is an applied linguist who specializes in academic writing and writing instruction. Her unique contribution to academic writing and writing instruction is the development of a socio-cognitive and motivation-and-learning (SCML) model to teaching writing, whose novelty is to help students improve their writing by focusing on the rhetorical goal and thinking processes embedded in academic writing, assisted by ICT integrated into the pedagogy. Application of the SCML model for inducing productive self-directed and collaborative learning among primary school students is being supported by a competitive research grant (OER 09/17 CYL). Other ongoing projects include (i) adopting a socio-cognitive approach to teaching English language writing, (ii) investigating the effectiveness of language awareness approaches to English language teaching in Singapore secondary schools, and (iii) developing a new smartphone app with built-in predictive and prescriptive analytics. The app, called Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR), aims to understand tutoring (e.g., one-on-one consultation) needs of users and find best peer tutors for them. Her research has been funded by the NIE Academic Research Fund, the OER Education Research Funding Program, and the Singapore Millennium Foundation.

    Yin Ling teaches courses in academic writing at the National Institute of Education. She directs the Graduate Research and Academic Development (GRAD) Centre at the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning. The GRAD Centre ( provides comprehensive support to graduate students at NIE across all the 10 Academic Groups, covering vital skills such as academic writing, oral presentation, and statistical analysis. As a recognition for her teaching effectiveness, she was awarded the NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation in 2015 and 2017, and the Nanyang Education Award (School), the highest honour conferred by Nanyang Technological University for teaching excellence at the School level, in 2015.

  • Academic Writing for Postgraduate Students

    Understanding Writing

    Second Language Academic Writing

    Research in Teaching Written Discourse

    The How and Why of Expository Writing

    Educational Research

    Academic Discourse Skills

    Teaching Reading and Writing in the Primary School

    Critical Inquiry

    Communication Skills for Teachers


  • Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR)

    Co-PI: Cheung Yin Ling

    Duration: 2016-2019

    Funding Agency: Singapore Millennium Foundation

    E-learning platforms have been increasingly adopted by universities to extend and enhance learning. However, a lack of research has been conducted on the efficacy of facilitating peer tutoring electronically. There is a lack of a suite of technological affordances to facilitate peer tutoring sessions and appointments remotely. In this project, we examine a new smartphone app with inbuilt predictive and prescriptive analytics called Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR) which analyzes students’ academic performance and questionnaire responses to predict tutoring needs and prescribe suitable peer tutors at a large research-intensive university in Singapore.