Dr Fong Yoke Sim

Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Before joining Tembusu College, Dr FONG Yoke Sim was a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC). Over 25 years, she designed, coordinated and taught both postgraduate and undergraduate courses, the most recent being the IEM, The Internationalisation of Higher Education: Impact and Challenges. She also supported NUS colleagues in the EnglishAssist programme. Her pedagogical efforts have been recognised in various Annual Teaching Excellence Awards at centre, college and university levels.


Yoke Sim’s research interests include higher education, intercultural communication, learner strategies and motivation. She is the author of the book, Learners in Transition: Chinese Students' Journeys from EFL to ESL and EIL (2019), book chapters and journal papers. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham, an MSc from the University of Edinburgh and a BA from the University of Singapore, besides a Dip-Ed and a Dip RSA.


The University Today
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.