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Noor Mat Nayan


I am a tutor for the Academic Skills Module and the International English Module on the International Foundation Programme. I am also an academic tutor for IFP students which involves providing academic advice and pastoral care. I am responsible for the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) and the IFP social events.

Areas of interest

My expertise is in the area of Malaysian English and my PHD thesis examined the intonation of Malay speakers of English. Other research interests include English language teaching and learning, English for academic purposes (EAP), World Englishes, phonetics and phonology and socio-phonetics.


International English, Academic Skills, AEP.


I started my teaching career in Malaysia 25 years ago in the teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) in Malaysian universities (University of Malaya and University Utara Malaysia). In the UK, I began teaching Pre-sessional English in 2009 at undergraduate and postgraduate level for ISLI and later at the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics (DELAL). Currently, I am teaching foundation students on the International Foundation Programme.

I love all things art and since 2016, I have been a student of Arabic calligraphy, more specifically the Thuluth script which has its roots in the Ottoman calligraphy tradition. I also love nature, animals (especially cats), travelling, yoga and reading a good book. I enjoy cooking traditional Malaysian food to my family and friends.

Academic qualifications

B.Ed. (TESL), University Malaya, Malaysia.

M.Ed (TESOL), University of Wollongong, Australia.

PhD (Applied Linguistics), University of Reading.

Professional bodies/affiliations

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Selected publications

Mat Nayan, N.F., and Setter, J. (2020). Stress and Prominence in Malay Speakers of English. In Speech research in a Malaysian Context. J. Setter and N.T. Yap (Eds). Kuala Lumpur: UPM Publication. (In Press).

Drake, N. and Mat Nayan, N, F. (2019). Are changes necessary? Enhancing Student Engagement on an International Foundation Programme. InForm. (In Press).

Mat Nayan, N.F. and Setter, J. (2016). Malay English Intonation: The Cooperative Rise. English World-Wide. Vol.37, no.3, page 293-322.

Noor, F. Mat Nayan. (2008). Using Diaries and Journals in ESL Research. In P. Muthiah (Ed). Qualitative Research Approaches. Sintok: UUM Press.

Noor, F. Mat Nayan. (2005) Using Reflective Journals in ESL Pre Service Teacher Education. Paper presented at the International TLEiA Conference, 14-16th November 2005, Penang, TLEiA Proceedings, ISBN: 983-42825-0-8.

Noor, F. Mat Nayan. (30.6.2003) Hewlett Packard vs Carly Fiorina, The Star.

A. Zaini and Noor F. Mat Nayan. (2002) Future Health: Coping with Change, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 14, No. 1, page 44-46.

Noor, F. Mat Nayan. (2000). A Classical Influence of Malay Dance. In Morais, Elaine (Ed.). Reading, Thinking and Writing in an ESL Context. Beacon Press.

Noor, F. Mat Nayan, (1999). Reading Academic English: Problems Encountered by Selected Malay Undergraduates. Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 19, page 57-69, Education Faculty, University of Malaya.