Dr Jessie Teng

Residential Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Senior Lecturer Centre for English Language Communication National University of Singapore

Jessie is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication, where she has taught since January 1997. She also served as a Resident Fellow at Sheares Hall from AY2000/01 to AY2011/12, and as an Associate Director at CELC from AY12/13 to AY2019/20.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from NUS, she obtained a  Master of Education from the University of Sheffield. When she later joined NUS, she took advantage of staff benefits to complete a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies and a PhD in Sociolinguistics at FASS.

In her free time, Jessie enjoys travelling, watching Netflix and  listening to K-pop.

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.