About Us

Dr. Nur Najla Binti Zainal Anuar

Assistant Professor

Nur Najla is an Assistant Professor of English with 10 years’ experience of working in higher education institution in Malaysia and the UK. She has previously taught in University of Exeter, Malaya University and Putra University on topics ranging from Language and Literacy Development, Second Language Learning and Teaching, Introduction to Linguistics, Academic English and TESOL. Her research interests are in the field of English as a second or foreign language, focusing upon the teaching and learning of writing. More recently, she has also developed a strong interest in corpus-based approaches to language learning and language testing.


    B. Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language

    M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language

    M.A. in Education (Educational Research)

    Ph.D. in Education (Applied Linguistics)

    Associate Fellow of the Advance HE, UK

Teaching Areas

    -   Second Language Learning and Teaching

    -   Language and Literacy Development

    -   Introduction to Linguistics

    -   Academic English

    -   TESOL

Research Interests

    -   Language and literacy, particularly students' writing development

    -   Metalinguistic underpinnings of word writing - examining how learners’ metalinguistic resources, such as grammar awareness, can be transferred from one language to facilitate their development of writing and its related skills in the other language


    •   Zainal Anuar, N. (2012). Linguistic strategies and politeness in Malaysian chatrooms. University of Malaya.

    •   Zainal Anuar, N. (2019). Syntactic complexity in young ESL writers: A detailed analysis. International Linguistics and Language Studies Conference, Conference Proceedings.

    •   Zainal Anuar, N. (2020). So if I use varied sentence structure, I'll get better marks"?: Syntactic Complexity and Metalinguistic Understanding in Malaysian Secondary Schools. University of Exeter.

    •   Zainal Anuar, N. (2021). Syntactic complexity and metalinguistic understanding of writing among L2 learners. Submitted for publication to ELT journal, awaiting acceptance.

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