University of Nottingham Malaysia
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Ngee Derk Tiong

Assistant Professor for TESOL, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Tiong Ngee Derk is Assistant Professor in TESOL at the School of Education, University of Nottingham Malaysia. A former school teacher and Head of Department for English, he holds an MPhil in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at the University of Cambridge, where he then completed a PhD in Education under Riikka Hofmann, Professor of the Learning Sciences. His thesis on teachers' collaborative discourse in Malaysian secondary school earned a Grade 1 Pass (no corrections) in 2021.

Previously, Tiong was Senior Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Studies, Sunway University, and performed various part-time supervision, lecturing and consultancy roles at Cambridge, Universiti Malaya and a local EdTech start-up respectively. His research lies at the intersection of teachers' professional development, educational leadership and policy, and TESOL. He sometimes blogs at, which has had thought pieces reproduced by local news portals. In more than a decade in Education, he has won individual awards for teaching and research and secured grants to fund empirical research projects.

Expertise Summary

Tiong enjoys working both within his immediate field of expertise and in adjacent fields, believing in the benefits of interdisciplinary work and the cross-fertilization of ideas and concepts.

His areas of expertise include the following:

  • Teachers' Professional Learning and Development
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Educational Leadership and Policy
  • Educational Dialogue
  • Teacher Education

He has also has interest/done work in the following fields:

  • Intercultural communication
  • Multimodality
  • Language learning materials
  • Comparative Education
  • Higher Education Policy

Teaching Summary

My teaching responsibilities are as follows:

  • EDUC4251: Assessment in Language Education [Module Convenor]
  • EDUC3028: Educational Inquiry (Extended Project) [Module Contributor]
  • EDUC3046: Assessment and Evaluation in TESOL and SEN [Module Convenor beginning 2025]
  • MA dissertation supervision
  • Doctoral co-supervision

Research Summary

Designing and evaluating a book study programme to support English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in low-income settings (Grant-funded study from 2023-24; Principal… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

  1. Designing and evaluating a book study programme to support English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in low-income settings (Grant-funded study from 2023-24; Principal Investigator)
  2. Malaysia-Hungary Intercultural Video Project (2022-2024; Quantitative Methods Lead)

Past Research

  1. Teacher Dialogue in Professional Learning Communities in National Secondary Schools in Malaysia (Doctoral Project at University of Cambridge, PhD Researcher from 2017-21).
  2. Uncovering the Lifeworld of a School -- A Multi-Method Ethnographic Study (Principal Investigator, 2015-16).

Future Research

  1. Scaling school-based reading groups for teachers as a sustainable professional development programme in low-income settings (Proposal stage, projected for 2024-26).
  2. Improving conditions for professional learning (Projected for 2025-27)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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