Lilian has a BA (Hons) in English from the National University of Singapore. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Education (Distinction) from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, and was the valedictorian and top graduating teacher trainee for 1983. Additionally, Lilian was part of a select team of pioneer teachers tasked to train the brightest pupils of Singapore in the Gifted Education Programme. As such she was sent for training at the Post-graduate Education Programme in Michigan State University. Lilian also completed post-graduate courses in education at Harvard University. Finally, Lilian holds an Instructor’s Certificate – Principles and Methods of Teaching Spoken English, which qualifies her to train teachers of English to teach spoken English. As a licensed teacher, Lilian has taught many years in the Singapore school system, from secondary school students to university undergraduate and post-graduate students. Lilian has also designed and conducted professional writing courses for companies like General Motors. She is also a multi-talented musician and plays the piano, the guitar, the ‘cello and the drums.