Associate Professor Tan Bee Tin

PhD (Southampton University), MA (TESOL) Institute of Education, University of London

Biography

Tan Bee Tin joined The University of Auckland in 2004. Previously she lectured on the MA in ELT and MA in ELL (English Language and Literatures) programmes at Assumption University, Bangkok. She did an MA in TESOL at the Institute of Education, University of London and a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University College Chichester (Southampton University), UK. She has presented papers at various conferences in the UK, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Uzbekistan, and has also published articles in international journals and conference proceedings.

Research | Current

  • Materials development for language teaching
  • Studies of academic discourse
  • Language teacher education
  • Language creativity and language learning
  • Role of interest in (language) learning
  • Teaching English in the periphery

I am currently working on two research projects:

  1. Investigating the nature of interest with particular reference to English language learners in Burma (Myanmar)
  2. Investigating language learning opportunities and affordances offered by creative writing activities in EFL / ESL classrooms (using a group of students in Indonesia).

Both projects are funded by the University of Auckland. 

Teaching | Current

LANGTCHG 300 Theory and Practice of Language Teaching

LANGTCHG 302 Practical Language Teaching

LANGTCHG 746 Materials Development and Evaluation

LANGTCHG 755 Special Topic: Creativity in Language Learning and Teaching

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective students who are interested in topics related to my research interests:

  • materials development for language teaching
  • language teacher education
  • creativity in language learning and teaching
  • the role of interest in (language) learning
  • studies of academic discourse
  • English language teaching in peripheral contexts


PhD Students I have supervised are:

  • Tian, Juan. 2014. Understanding Chinese EFL Teachers’ Beliefs about English with a Yin-Yang Perspective. PhD thesis. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Ariff, tun Nur Afizah Zainal. 2010. "English for DAEES: An ethnographic discourse analysis approach to understanding the spoken language use/discourse of DAEES." PhD thesis. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Frazier, J. R. 2009. “A teacher study group of secondary school English teachers in Senegal: A case study.” Unpublished Phd Thesis. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

MA students I have supervised are:

  • Alosaimi, Mai. 2014. "Effect of Single-word and Two-word Collocations on Vocabulary Learning and Retention." MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Harris, Toby. 2013. "Teaching listening from the bottom-up:An intervention study into the effectiveness of the explicit teaching of features of connected speech and focused exposure on listening comprehension." MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Dougan, Aaron. 2012. A study on scaffolding among EFL learners in a pair work task. MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealnd.

  • Li, Beidi. 2010. "A tale of expectations and perceptions: Non-native English speaking students in Masters level TESOL programs." MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Chen, Yan. 2010.  "Investigating male and female Chinese EFL learners, English learning motivation in New Zealand". Unpublished MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Shu Jia,. 2009. "The relationship between teachers, beliefs and course materials adaptation: In the context of teaching English as a second language". Unpublished MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Khan, Ajmal . 2009. "Genre analysis of letters of job application." Unpublished MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Frazier, J. R. 2009. “A teacher study group of secondary school English teachers in Senegal: A case study.” Unpublished Phd Thesis. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
  • Jiangqiong Qu. 2008. "Cultures of learning: Cross-cultural comparison of coursebooks." Unpublished MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Kaur, R. 2007. “Use of L1 and L2 in L3 problem solving task and its influence on the performance.” Unpublished MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Moore, N., 2006. “The joint construction of knowledge in language advisory.” Unpublished MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Qiaoling, P., 2006. “Cultural components in Chinese as a foreign language textbooks and English as a global language textbooks.” Unpublished MA dissertation. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
     

Dr Tan Bee Tin's Postgraduate Supervision

Areas of expertise

Tan Bee Tin’s publications

Journal articles

Tin, T. B. (2014). A look into the local pedagogy of an English language classroom in Nepal. Language Teaching Research, 18(3), 397-417. doi:10.1177/1362168813510387

Tin, T. B. (2014). Learning English in the periphery: A view from Myanmar (Burma). Language Teaching Research, 18(1), 95-117. doi:10.1177/1362168813505378

Tin, T. B. (2013). Exploring the Development of 'Interest' in Learning English as a Foreign/Second Language. RELC Journal, 44(2), 129-146. doi:10.1177/0033688213488388

Tin, T. B. (2013). Towards creativity in ELT: the need to say something new. ELT Journal, 67(4), 385-397. doi:10.1093/elt/cct022

Khan, A., & Tin, T. B. (2012). Generic patterns in application letters: the context of Pakistan. RELC Journal: a journal of language teaching and research in Southeast Asia, 43(3). doi:10.1177/0033688212463277

Tin, T. B. (2012). Freedom, constraints and creativity in language learning tasks: new task features. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 6(2), 177-186. doi:10.1080/17501229.2011.628024

Tin, T. B. (2011). Language creativity and co-emergence of form and meaning in creative writing tasks. Applied Linguistics, 32(2), 215-235. doi:10.1093/applin/amq050

Tin, T. B. (2011). Language learning creativity through acrostics. The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning, 9, 175-180. Retrieved from http://coreilimagination.com/Books/V9.pdf

Tin, T. B., Manara, C., & Ragawanti, D. T. (2010). Views on creativity from an Indonesian perspective. ELT Journal, 64(1), 75-84. doi:10.1093/elt/ccp022

Tin, T. B. (2009). Emergence and maintenance of student teachers' 'interest' within the context of two-hour lectures: an actual genetic perspective. ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION, 37(1), 109-133. doi:10.1080/13598660802530768

Tin, T. B. (2009). Features of the most interesting and the least interesting postgraduate second language acquisition lectures offered by three lecturers. LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION, 23(2), 117-135. doi:10.1080/09500780802152770

Tin, T. B. (2008). Exploring the nature of the relation between interest and comprehension. TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 13(5), 525-536. doi:10.1080/13562510802334764

Tin, T. B. (2007). A report on a collaborative creative writing endeavour: Spreading the spirit of creativity through creative writing workshops in the Asia-Pacific region. Humanising Language Teaching, 9(2), 10 pages. Retrieved from http://www.hltmag.co.uk/mar07/index.htm

Tin, T. B. (2006). Investigating the nature of 'interest' reported by a group of postgraduate students in an MA in English language teacher education programme. System, 34(2), 222-238. doi:10.1016/j.system.2005.09.004

Tin, T. B. (2006). Looking at teaching through multiple lenses. ELT Journal, 60(3), 253-261. doi:10.1093/elt/ccl005

Tin, T. B. (2004). Views of knowledge and attitudes towards truth reflected in the group interaction patterns of Malaysian and British students. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 14(2), 321-355. doi:10.1075/japc.14.2.07tin

Tin, T. B. (2003). Creativity, diversity and originality of ideas in divergent group discussion tasks. Language and Education, 17(4), 241-265. doi:10.1080/09500780308666851

Tin, T. B. (2003). Does talking with peers help learning? The role of expertise and talk in convergent group discussion tasks. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 2(1), 53-66. doi:10.1016/S1475-1585(02)00033-4

Tin, T. B. (2000). Writing, Knowledge Construction and Idea Framing. RELC Journal, 31(1), 96-115. doi:10.1177/003368820003100105

Tin, T. B. (2000). Multi-dimensionality of idea framing in group work in academic settings.. Language and Education, 14(4), 223-249. doi:10.1080/09500780008666791

 

Book chapters

Jiangqiong, Q., & Tin, T. B. (2010). Cultures of learning in three language coursebooks in China: ‘read with your heart’, ‘listen and check’, ‘fill in the blank and use the language’. In B. Tomlinson, & H. Masuhara (Eds.), Research for Materials Development in Language Learning: Evidence For Best Practice (pp. 273-290). London: Continuum.

Tin, T. B. (2009). Burma - Authenticating Business English materials: Project work as supplementing, contextualizing and appropriating Business English materials. In Mark  Krzanowski (Ed.), Current Developments in English for Academic and Specific Purposes in Developing, Emerging and Least-Developed Countries (pp. 81-98). Reading: Garnet Education & IATEFL. Retrieved from http://www.garneteducation.com/Book/227/Current_Developments_in_English_for_Academic_and_Specific_Purposes_in_Developing,_Emerging_and_Least-Developed_Countries.html

Mol, H., & Tin, T. B. (2008). EAP materials in New Zealand and Australia. In B. Tomlinson (Ed.), English Language Learning Materials (pp. 74-99). London: Continuum.

Tin, T. B. (2006). 'Seeing' culture in language teaching materials: a second thought. In J. Mukundan (Ed.), Readings in ELT Materials II (pp. 130-142). Malaysia: Pearson Longman. Retrieved from http://www.micelt.com.my/html/pub_2006_1.htm

Tin, T. B. (2006). Student-teacher-made language teaching materials: A developmental approach to materials development. In J. Mukundan (Ed.), Focus on ELT Materials (pp. 207-227). Malaysia: Pearson Longman. Retrieved from http://www.micelt.com.my/html/pub_2006_2.htm

Padwad, A., Mammadova, R., & Tin, T. B. (2005). Teacher involvement in language education: Materials development and implementation. In H. Coleman, J. Gulyamova, & A. Thomas (Eds.), National Development, Education and Language in Central Asia and Beyond (pp. 118-123). Uzbekistan: British Council.

Tin, T. B. (2004). Creative writing through exploring self and personal experiences. In T. B. Tin (Ed.), Creative writing in EFL/ESL classrooms (pp. 48-63). Serdang: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

Tin, T. B. (2004). Experiencing teaching and learning: Some 'de-alienating' activities for English language teachers. In J. Mukundan, D. Z. Abidin, & A. A. Hussin (Eds.), ELT Matters 1: Issues in English Language Learning and Teaching (pp. 244-254). Serdang: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

Tin, T. B. (2004). The world of ELT textbooks and the reality of the world outside. In S. Rafik-Galea (Ed.), ELT teaching materials: theory and practice. (pp. 54-66). Sasbadi Sdn. Bhd.: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Tin, T. B. (2003). Lessons from within: The use of human resources in developing materials for teaching writing. In Jayakaran  Mukundan (Ed.), Readings on ELT Materials (pp. 102-117). Serdang: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

Tin, T. B. (2000). Looking at changes from the learner's point of view: A cross-cultural analysis of  group interaction patterns. In H. Trappes-Lomax (Ed.), Change and Continuity in Applied Linguistics (Selected Papers from the BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics) 32nd Annual Meeting) (pp. 184-204). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

 

Creative works

Tin, T. B. (2013). Big Brother and other short poems (p.30, 31, 38, 51, 52).. In A. Maley, J. Mukundan, & H. P. Widodo (Eds.), Creative Writing: Poems and Short Stories for English Language Learning.. Lincom Europa.

Tin, T. B. (2013). Time! (short story). In A. Maley, J. Mukundan, & H. P. Widodo (Eds.), Creative Writing: Poems and Short Stories for English Language Learning (pp. 85-89). Lincom Europa.

Tin, T. B. (2012). Excellent! (Short Story). In A. Maley, J. Mukundan, & V. S. Rai (Eds.), Life in Words and Words in Life II: Poems and Stories for Asian Students (pp. 110-114). Kathmandu: Bhundipuran Prakashan.

Tin, T. B. (2012). Short poems (A new day; When you run out of words; A condensed week; Dawn to night; Animals and people in Nepalese villages; Haikus; A note from the landlady to her housesitter; Who am I). In A. Maley, J. Mukundan, & V. S. Rai (Eds.), Life in Words and Words in Life II: Poems and Stories for Asian Students (pp. 7 pages). Kathmandu: Bhundipuran Prakashan.

Tin, T. B. (2012). The day will come! (Short story). In A. Maley, J. Mukundan, & V. S. Rai (Eds.), Life in Words and Words in Life II: Poems and Stories for Asian Students (pp. 38-39). Kathmandu: Bhundipuran Prakashan.

Tin, T. B. (2011). Going home shouldn't be that hard. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Short Stories for Young Readers Volume 10 (pp. 108-110). Malaysia: Pearson Longman.

Tin, T. B. (2011). Sharpening the sweetness of taste. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Short Stories for Young Readers. Vol 10 (pp. 43-45). Malaysia: Pearson Longman.

Tin, T. B. (2011). Short poems. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Poems for Young Readers Volume 11. Malaysia: Pearson Longman.

Tin, T. B. (2009). Can you let me pass your exam, please? and other short poems. In A. Maley, J. Mukundan, & V. S. Rai (Eds.), Life in Words and Words in Life: Poems and Stories for Asian Students (pp. 6 pages). Kathmandu: Bhundipuran Prakashan. Retrieved from http://books.google.co.nz/books/about/Life_in_Words_and_Words_in_Life.html?id=ls2JYgEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Tin, T. B. (2009). Mother and her craving. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Short Stories for Young Readers Volume 8 (pp. 62-66). Malaysia: Pearson Longman.

Tin, T. B. (2009). Sharpening the sweetness of taste. In A. Maley, J. Mukundan, & V. S. Rai (Eds.), Life in Words and Words in Life: Poems and Stories for Asian Students (pp. 153-156). Kathmandu: Bhundipuran Prakashan. Retrieved from http://books.google.co.nz/books/about/Life_in_Words_and_Words_in_Life.html?id=ls2JYgEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Tin, T. B. (2009). Worthlessly daring and other short poems. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Poems for Young Readers Volume 9. Malaysia: Pearson Longman.

Tin, T. B. (2008). Dream house. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Short Stories for Young Readers Volume 6 (pp. 23-29). Malaysia: Pearson Longman.

Tin, T. B. (2008). To Whom It may Concern and other short poems. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Poems for Young Readers Volume 7 (pp. 9 pages). Malaysia: Pearson Longman.

Tin, T. B. (2007). A story of a new type of church wedding. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Short Stories for Young Readers Volume 4 (pp. 15-16). Malaysia: Pearson Longman. Retrieved from http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=rNRoXwAACAAJ&dq=Asian+Short+Stories+for+Young+Readers&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Upq5T-b4KrGZmQX6_dm5CQ&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAA

Tin, T. B. (2007). The missing parts and other short poems. In A. Maley, & J. Mukundan (Eds.), Asian Poems for Young Readers Volume 5 (pp. 9 pages). Malaysia: Pearson Longman. Retrieved from http://www.micelt.com.my/html/public.htm

 

 

Books

Tin, T. B., Floris, F. D., Zacharias, N. T., Sou, B., Ohn, A. A., Xia, X., . . . Myint, R. (2003). Lessons from within: life, love and death. Bangkok: IELE Press, Assumption University.

Tin, T.B. (Ed.) 2004. Creative writing in EFL/ESL classrooms, Serdang, Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tin, T. B. (2016). Stimulating Student Interest in Language Learning: Theory, Research and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 10.1057/978-1-137-34042-9
  • Tin, T. B. (2015). Creativity in second-language learning. In R. H. Jones (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity (pp. 433-451). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Tin, T. B. (2014). A look into the local pedagogy of an English language classroom in Nepal. Language Teaching Research, 18 (3), 397-417. 10.1177/1362168813510387
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22967
  • Tin, T. B. (2014). Creativity in ELT: From Communicative to Creative tasks. Paper presented at 48th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition Harrogate International Conference Centre, Harrogate, UK. 2 April - 5 April 2014. Related URL.
  • Tin, T. B. (2014). Creativity as a form of autonomy: broadening ‘possibilities’ within constraints. Paper presented at Doing Research in Applied Linguistics 2 / Independent Learning Association Conference 2014 (DRAL 2/ILA 2014), King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand. 12 June - 14 June 2014. Related URL.
  • Tin, T. B. (2014). Creativity in language learning and teaching. Paper presented at The 3rd UAD TEFL International Conference (Sept 17-18, 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 17 September - 18 September 2014. Related URL.
  • Tin, T. B. (2014). Creativity in Language Learning. Paper presented at 14th CLESOL conference, Essentials for Learning and Teaching: Ko te Pū, ko te Ako, Wellington, New Zealand. 10 July - 13 July 2014. Related URL.
  • Tin, T. B. (2014). Learning English in the periphery: A view from Myanmar (Burma). Language Teaching Research, 18 (1), 95-117. 10.1177/1362168813505378

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