Faculty and Staff


Leong Ping, Alvin

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Senior Lecturer

Office:           HSS-02-03

Telephone:   6592 7565

E-mail:           alvin.leong@ntu.edu.sg​




Dr Leong joined the Language & Communication Centre as a Lecturer in 2009. He taught for seven years at the National Institute of Education, and for a year at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He obtained his Ph.D. from NUS in 2001, with a specialization in systemic functional grammar. He is presently the coordinator of the postgraduate writing course. Dr Leong has research interests in systemic functional grammar, discourse analysis, and literacy studies. He is the author of Theme and ​Rheme (Peter Lang, 2004) and a co-editor of Transforming Literacies and Language (Continuum, 2011). He has also published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Selected publications

Leong, P. A., Toh, A. L. L., & Chin, S. F. (2018). Examining structure in scientific research articles: A study of thematic progression and thematic density. Written Communication, 35(3), 286–314.

Leong, P. A., & Lee, H. H. (2018). From both sides of the classroom: Perspectives on teacher feedback on academic writing and feedback practice. Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, 6(1), 151–164.

Leong, P. A. (2018). Project-based teaching. In A. Shehadeh (Ed.), The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching (pp. 780–788). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Song, G., Lee, H. H., & Leong, P. A. (2017). Students' response to feedback: An exploratory study. RELC Journal, 48(3), 357–372.

Lee, H. H., Leong, P. A., & Song, G. (2017). Investigating teacher perceptions of feedback. ELT Journal, 71(1), 60–68.

Leong, P. A. (2016). Thematic density of research-article abstracts: A systemic-functional account. Word, 62(4), 209–227.

Leong, P. A. (2016). The thematic structure of homepages: An exploratory systemic-functional account. Semiotica, 2016(210), 105–127.

Leong, P. A. (2015). Singlish words—A personal narrative from ten young writers. In N. Ong, J. X. Ho, G. Song & Y. Lim (Eds.), Thinking minds, writing worlds (pp. 27–31). Singapore: Think. Write.

Leong, P. A. (2015). Topical themes and thematic progression: The “picture” of research articles. Text & Talk, 35(3), 289–315.

Leong, P. A. (2014). The passive voice in scientific writing. The current norm in science journals. Journal of Science Communication 13(1). A03.

Leong, P. A. (2013). Thinking critically: A look at students’ critiques of a research article. Higher Education Research & Development 32(4). 575–589.

Leong, P. A. (ed.). (2011). Transforming literacies and language: Multimodality and literacy in the new media age (with Caroline Mei Lin Ho & Kate T. Anderson). London: Continuum.

Leong, P. A. (2005). Talking themes: The thematic structure of talk. Discourse Studies 7(6). 701–732.

Leong, P. A. (2004). Theme and rheme: An alternative account. Bern: Peter Lang.