Dr. Nur Najla Binti Zainal Anuar

Dr. Nur Najla Binti Zainal Anuar

Assistant Professor - General Education and Foundation Program

Nur Najla is an Assistant Professor of English with 10 years’ experience of working in higher education institution in Malaysia and the UK. 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.

PhD in Education (Applied Linguistics)

University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

 

Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)

University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

 

MSc. in Educational Research

University of Exeter, United Kingdom

 

M.A. in English as a Second Language

Malaya University, Malaysia

 

B.Ed. Honors in Teaching English as a Second Language

Malaya University, Malaysia.

  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Academic English
  • TESOL
  • Reading and writing development in second language (L2) or bilingual learners
  • Metalinguistic underpinnings of word learning and writing
  • The role of grammar in the teaching and learning of writing

Publications

 

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

 

Conference Presentations

10/2011               Paper Presented: Linguistic Strategies of Politeness in Malaysian Chatrooms, at the 2011 Language and Communication International Conference, Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University, Kuala Lumpur.

 

03/2018               Paper Presented: Syntactic complexity and metalinguistic understanding of writing among L2 learners, at the 2018 Education Research Conference, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter.

 

08/2018               Paper Presented: A study on syntactic complexity and sophistication of writing among Malaysian young writers, at the 16th International Conference of the EARLI Special Interest Group on Writing, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

 

04/2019               Paper Presented: Syntactic complexity in young ESL writers: A detailed analysis, at the International Linguistics and Language Studies Conference, Nippon Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

02/2021              Paper presented: ‘So if I use varied sentence structure, I’ll get better marks?’: Second language learners’ metalinguistic understanding in writing, at the International Language and Linguistics Conference, London, United Kingdom

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