Hi, I’m Chia Suan, but most people call me Chia.
I am a writer, a communication skills and intercultural skills trainer, and a teacher trainer based in York. My book Successful International Communication has recently been published by Pavilion Publishing, and I am also involved in materials development of language teaching resources and communication skills training for training organisations. I have been the resident blogger for etprofessional.com since 2012 on topics surrounding language, culture, education and communication, and am also a featured columnist in their bimonthly magazine. I also write regularly for EtonX.com. My other publications include Collin’s IELTS Dictionary, Practice Tests for IELTS 2, and I have contributed to several English teaching books and journals.On a different note, I also manage the social media accounts for ETp and York Associates.
Born and raised in Singapore, I re-located to London in 2000, where I spent most of her career teaching English at International House London and running teacher training courses such as the CELTA and Cert IBET. I spent a year in Munich, where I taught Business English, delivered presentation skills training and ran cultural training programmes, A regular presenter at conferences on topics like English as a Lingua Franca and Intercultural Pragmatics, I am passionate about languages and is fascinated by the interplay between culture, communication, language, and thought.
Aside from my original Bachelor degree in Communication Studies (Broadcast and Electronic Media) and my CELTA and DELTA qualifications, I also have a LCCI Cert TEB in teaching Business English, and a MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King’s College London where my dissertation focused on politeness in intercultural communication and ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) scenarios.
See below for a list of conferences, workshops, and online webinars that I have delivered. Also see below for the publications that I have been involved in.
Note that this list contains some but not all of my work.
|Conferences & Workshops||“The Future of Business English Teaching”, Pre-Conference Seminar, BESIG, Munich, Nov 2016.
“Helping learners communicate internationally”, BESIG, Munich, Nov 2016.
Live Blogger and Interviewer, British Council ELTons, June 2016.
“What teachers should not be afraid to say to students”, Closing plenary, Innovate ELT, Barcelona, May 2016.
“Teaching adaptation and accommodation skills”, Innovate ELT, Barcelona, May 2016.
Host and presenter, Pecha Kucha evening, IATEFL Manchester 2015.
“The pragmatics of successful business communication”, IATEFL Manchester 2015.
“ELF and the intercultural language student”, ELTABB workshop, Berlin, Jan 2015.
“Creating the right impression: the politeness and pragmatics of ELF”, ETp Live!, June 2014.
“Top tips for using mini-white boards in the Business English classroom”, BESIG Prague, Nov 2013.
“Controversies in ELT”, Opening Plenary for TESOL France Strasbourg Spring Day.
“English as a Lingua Franca”, MELTA Workshop, April 2013.
“Failure Fest”, IATEFL Liverpool 2013.
“Devil’s Kitchen: cooking up food for thought”, IATEFL Liverpool 2013.
“(Mis)-Applied Linguistics“, Closing Plenary for TESOL France conference, Nov 2012.
“Paying Lip Service to Applied Linguistics“, Closing Plenary for the English UK Teachers’ Conference, Nov 2012.
“Creating the Right Impression – the politeness and pragmatics of ELF“, ETAS ZUG SIG Day, Switzerland, Sept 2012.
“Myths and Controversies in Business English Teaching”, BESIG Paris Summer Symposium, June 2012.
“Constructing Politeness in ELF Service Encounters – Lessons for the language classroom”, ELF 5, Istanbul, May 2012.
“My Journey with ELF”, IATEFL Glasgow 2012 BESIG Pre-Conference Event Opening Presentation.
“My Conversion into ELF”, IH DOS Conference Plenary Speech 2012.
“Intelligibility or Impressions? – Requests in ELF scenarios”, IATEFL BESIG Dubrovnik 2011.
“Systemic Functional Grammar – Can SFG resolve those myths pedagogic grammar perpetuates?”, IATEFL Brighton 2011.
“Systemic Functional Grammar – Why have most Business English teachers never heard of it?”, IATEFL BESIG Bielefeld 2010.
“Improvised Principled Eclecticism – a Dogme research project”, IATEFL Harrogate 2010.
“International English – An Alternative Model to ELF”, IATEFL BESIG Poznan 2009; English UK Business Trainers’ Conference 2010.
“A Coursebook-less Classroom”, English UK Business Trainers’ Conference 2009
|Online presentations/webinars||“Learning to communicate internationally (whether you are a native speaker or not)”, TEFL Equity, Oct 2016.
“Communcating in a global village 3”, Cornelsen Webinar, April 2016.
“Communicating in a global village 2”, Cornelsen Webinar, Feb 2016.
“Communicating in a global village 1”, Cornelsen Webinar, Nov 2015.
“What do ELT teachers do all day?”, Web Conference Closing, IATEFL Online, Oct 2014.
“ELT: How far have we really come?”, 4C in ELT, April 2014.
“Where do I go from here?”, English House Corporate, Oct 2013.
“A trip down memory lane of methodology”, British Council webinar, Nov 2012.
“Plugging in the Unplugged Classroom”, 5thVirtual Round Table, April 2012.
“The Politeness and Pragmatics of ELF”, IATEFL BESIG Online Workshop, Feb 2012
|Publications||Regular blogger for http://www.etprofessional.com (official website for ELT Journal ETp)
Advisor on Global English sections, Simply Business A2, Cornelsen, 2016.
Advisor on Global English sections, Simply Business B1+, Cornelsen, 2015.
Global English online resource material, Simply Business B1+, Cornelsen, 2016.
Global English online resource material, Simply Business B1, Cornelsen, 2015.
Tips on the Speaking, Writing, Listening, Reading papers, IELTS Practice Tests 2 , Harper Collins, 2014.
Contributor, New Ways of Teaching Business English, TESOL Press, 2014.
Writing and Speaking Supplements, IELTS Dictionary, Collins, 2013.
“11 things students say that break my heart – Part 2”, Teaching Times, Issue 67.
“11 things students say that break my heart – Part 1”, Teaching Times, Issue 68.
“Death by Idioms”, Humanising Language Teaching, Dec 2013.
‘My trainees’ 10 (+1) maxims of teaching’, IH Journal, Issue 33.
Head-to-Head on ‘Are English Exams useful?’, Business Spotlight, Jan-Feb, 1/2013.
Ten things that teachers should never forget, Teaching Times, Fall Issue, Nov 2012.
What does a CELTA tutor do?, English Teaching Professional, Issue 82, Oct 2012.
Why I Changed My Mind About ELF – A Literature Review for the Practitioner, Language Issues, Vol. 23. No. 1, 2012.
‘Politeness, Pragmatics and ELF’, ETAS Journal, Vol. 29 No. 3 Summer, 2012.
Book review: ‘Teaching the Pronunciation of ELF’, IH Journal, Issue 32.
‘Politeness and Pragmatics in NNS Interactions’, IH Journal, Issue 32.
‘Business English Drama’, with Phil Wade. IATEFL Business Issues SIG Newsletter, Issue 81.
‘Politeness and Pragmatics in NNS Interactions’, IATEFL Global Issues Special Interest Group Newsletter, 28, 47-49