Kenneth ONG Keng Wee

Dr Kenneth ONG Keng Wee

Senior Lecturer
Language and Communication Centre 
School of Humanities
Office: 6513 8261 

Biographical Profile

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 (Elsevier, SSCI-Indexed), Journal of Psycholinguistic Research (Springer, SSCI-Indexed), Discourse Studies (Sage, SSCI-Indexed), English Today (Cambridge University Press, SSCI-Indexed) and World Englishes (Wiley, SSCI-Indexed), as well as edited book chapters published by Springer, Multilingual Matters and John Benjamins. His doctoral thesis was shortlisted for the prestigious Christopher Brumfit Thesis Award by the editorial board of Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press, 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).
Research Interests
His main research interests centre around codeswitching, English for Academic Purposes, and computer-mediated communication. He has explored how the interwovenness of speech and writing in quasi-synchronous multiparty chats engenders textese such as ellipsis marks-only turns and blank turns that convey pragmatic meanings and the principled manner in which textese interacts with textisms based on Singapore English or Singlish. He has also investigated floor management and argumentation in multiparty online chats and their implications for e-learning and assessment. He had led an NTU EdeX grant funded project as principal investigator which explores the use of a video and text-based chat smartphone app designed for collaborative language learning. Currently, Dr Ong is awarded a prestigious Singapore Millennium Foundation/Temasek Foundation Innovates Research Grant and CRADLE@NTU start-up grant (combined grant value of $701,250) for a research project that he lead as principal investigator (with Associate Professor Tan Seng Chee as co-principal investigator and Mr Chung Sheng Hung as collaborator) titled Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR) – it aims to investigate student perceptions towards peer tutoring and develop a peer-to-peer learning mobile and web-based app that optimizes tutor-tutee matching, facilitates remote peer tutoring sessions and offer location-based peer tutoring.
Research Interest in the Neuroscience of Learning and Education
Dr Ong is interested in the interplay between constructivist-based instructional design and e-learning. Instructional design underlies and optimizes technical affordances to be synthesized and concatenated for knowledge management and sharing.