Malaysian English in Academic Settings

Guest Speaker:
Dr Noor Mat Nayan (University of Reading, UK)
Mr Bruce Howell (Foundation, Study and Language Institute, University of Reading Malaysia)
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Date & Time:
Wed, 28. February 2018, 12:00 h - 13:30 h
N3.04, University of Reading Malaysia - EduCity@Iskandar​

Malaysian English (ME) is a distinct variety of English spoken in Malaysia. It is very much a dynamic, evolving variety used amongst Malaysians in different contexts. However, within international academic settings, ME can pose some miscommunication for other speakers of English. Making Malaysian students aware of the differences between ME and Academic English in the classroom can pose a challenging task for educators and may cause tension and confusion for both learners and educators in terms of classroom expectations. As such, this talk will address issues of intelligibility and to what extent ME is deemed acceptable and appropriate in academic settings such as UoRM. Examples will be drawn from research as well as classroom experiences encountered.

02 Biography
Dr Noor Mat Nayan currently works as a tutor in the IFP programme, International Study and Language Institute, University of Reading. She obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading in 2012 and is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

She has 24 years of teaching experience and has taught in Malaysia universities (UM, UUM) as well as in the UK with postgraduate and undergraduate students. Her expertise is in intonation and Malaysian English and her PHD thesis examined the intonation of Malay speakers of English. Other research interests include World Englishes, phonetics and phonology, socio-phonetics and English Language teaching and learning.
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