Faculty and Staff


Kenneth Ong Keng Wee




Senior Lecturer


Telephone:6513 8261



Dr. Kenneth Ong is Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication at the Language and Communication Centre. He received his Ph.D. degree in Education (Applied Linguistics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has published articles in System, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Discourse Studies, Language and Education, English Today and World Englishes. His main research interests centre around codeswitching, English for academic purposes, and computer-mediated communication. His doctoral thesis was shortlisted for the prestigious Christopher Brumfit Thesis Award by the editorial board of Language Teaching [SSCI-Indexed] and Cambridge University Press in 2015. He has received the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Postgraduate Research Award from The University of Auckland in 2014 and two consecutive Dean’s Commendation on Research from the National Institute of Education (2010 & 2011). His recent co-authored book is titled "Guide to Research Projects for Engineering Students: Planning, Writing & Presenting" (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, 2015). A project he leads as Principal Investigator entitled “Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR)” was awarded the prestigious Singapore Millennium Foundation Grant and the CRADLE@NTU grant with a combined grant value of $701,250. 

Selected publications ​

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee & Lawrence Jun Zhang. 2018. The effects of code-switched reading tasks on late-bilingual EFL learners' vocabulary recall,​ retention and retrieval. System, 72(1). 13-​22.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2017.10.008 [SSCI-Indexed]

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee. 2017. Textese and Singlish in multiparty chats. World Englishes. 36(4). 611-630. doi:10.1111/weng.12245 [SSCI-Indexed]

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee. 2017. Raising and assessing second language vocabulary fluency. Contact, 43(3). 25-29.

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee. & Sujata Surinder Kathpalia. 2016. The role of argumentation in floor management of multi-party task-based online discussions. In C. S. Guinda & R. Breeze (eds.), Essential competencies for English medium university teaching. New York: Springer.

Leong, Eng Choon, Carmel Lee-Hsia Heah & Kenneth Keng Wee Ong. 2015. Guide to research projects for engineering students: Planning, writing and presenting. Abingdon: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis.

Kathpalia, Sujata Surinder & Kenneth Keng Wee Ong. 2015. The use of code-mixing in Indian billboard advertising. World Englishes, 34(4). 557-575. doi: 10.1111/weng.12159 [SSCI-Indexed]

Serwe, Stefan Karl, Kenneth Keng Wee, Ong & Jean Franҫois, Ghesquière. 2013. “Bon appétit, Lion City”: The use of French in naming restaurants in Singapore. In C. Gerhardt, S. Ley & M. Frobenius (eds.), Culinary Linguistics: The Chef’s Special, 281-304. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee, Jean Franҫois, Ghesquière & Stefan Karl, Serwe. 2013. Frenglish shop signs in Singapore. English Today, 29(3). 19-25. doi: 10.1017/S0266078413000278 [SSCI-Indexed]

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee, Lawrence Jun Zhang & Isabel Pefianco Martin. 2013. Code-switching in universities in Singapore and the Philippines. In. R. Barnard & J. McLellan (eds.), Codeswitching in university English-medium classes: Asian perspectives, 163-185. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee. 2012. Review of the book Cognitive bases of second language fluency by N. Segalowitz. Language and Education, 26(3). 263-265. doi: 10.1080/09500782.2011.629026 [SSCI-Indexed]

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee. 2011. Disagreement, confusion, disapproval, turn elicitation and floor holding: Actions as accomplished by ellipsis marks-only turns and blank turns in quasisynchronous chats. Discourse Studies, 13(2). 211-234. doi: 10.1177/1461445610392138 [SSCI-Indexed]

Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee & Lawrence Jun Zhang. 2010. Metalinguistic filters within the bilingual language faculty: A study of young English-Chinese bilinguals. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 39(3). 243-272. doi: 10.1007/s10936-009-9137-z [SSCI-Indexed]