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About Yin Mee



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Cheah Yin Mee is a partner and the principal consultant of Learning Ventures, a consultancy company that specializes in continuing education for English language teachers.

•  Ph.D. (Education) 1994, University of California at Berkeley
    Dissertation: Language and Cultural Identity:
    An ethnographic study of English language education in Singapore
•  M.A. (Education), 1987, Stanford University
•  Dip. Appl. Linguistics (with distinction), 1984, RELC, Singapore
•  Dip. Ed., 1979, Institute of Education, National University of Singapore
•  B.A. (Hons.) 2nd Upper, 1977, University of Malaya

Learning Ventures was established in 1998 and provides courses in English language pedagogy and professional communication for teachers. These courses include the teaching of reading, writing, listening and grammar, and oral communication and assessment skills. Courses on professional writing and communication in school settings for teachers’ own personal development are also available.

Yin Mee’s mission, through Learning Ventures, is to inspire teachers to be life long learners and impactful educators.

Yin Mee has also worked as a linguistic and education consultant to publishers, learning centres, IT companies, schools, and the Ministry of Education. She is curriculum consultant to the Adam Khoo Learning Centre where she develops learning programmes and trains teachers here and in their franchisees in Jakarta, Surabaya and Ho Chi Minh City. At Marshall Cavendish, she works as consultant and writer and is currently developing new supplementary textbooks for Singapore primary schools. 

Recently, Yin Mee completed training in the proven 100% secular mindfulness curriculum from the Mindful Schools in Oakland, California and will be launching a new professional practice in teaching mindfulness. Yin Mee has also volunteered as a yoga teacher with Ananda Marga Yoga. 

Between 1985 and 1994, Yin Mee was a lecturer at the National Institute of Education where she was one of the first staff member to specialize in training pre and in-service primary school teachers. The subjects she taught included English language pedagogy, oral communication skills, IT for language learning, and reading research. At NIE, Yin Mee also offered her services to MOE as a curriculum specialist. As the founder Chair of the Caring Teacher Awards, she brought nation-wide attention to the affective factors of teaching and the recognition of teachers who have shown care and concern for the welfare of the students under their charge. 

Yin Mee began her career a teacher and taught in a secondary school and a junior college. She taught English language, Geography, Literature, and the General Paper.


PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATION


Currently, Yin Mee is a council member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Singapore.  She was the Hon. Secretary of ASCD from 2002 to 2006.  

She is also a member of the MDIS College’s Academic Board.

A past president of the Society for Reading and Literacy (SRL), Yin Mee has contributed to developing and promoting reading and literacy in Singapore. In addition, she developed materials and trained tutors for SRL’s reading programmes and for the society’s Women Learning English Programme (WISH), a project for older women learning conversational English. Recently, she led a team to develop a new programme to train facilitators to show parents and caregivers how to read to children.

In 2012, Yin Mee began a project to raise funds for needy students in her former secondary school, Sentul Convent, in Kuala Lumpur. The money is used to feed about 80-100 girls who come from needy families. This Big Sisters’ Project raises about RM$25,000 per year and has expanded to include a clothes bank too.

Other organizations that Yin Mee has contributed to include:

  • Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC)
  • Association for People with Special Needs (APSN)
  • St Patrick’s School’s Parent Support Group
  • The International Development in Asia (IDAC), the Asian arm of the International Reading Association.
  • Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)