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Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh

Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh
Universiti Utara Malaysia Sintok KEDAH MALAYSIA · School of Languages

B.Edu (TESL), M.Ed (TESL), PhD (TESL)

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Introduction
My areas of research interest are TESL, ESP, corpus linguistics, genre/discourse analysis, computer-assisted corpus analysis (CACA) approach which I developed during my PhD study, critical discourse analysis, conducting language needs analysis in professional organizations, analyzing learner and genre-specific corpora. I am holding the copyright for the CACA approach am also keen on developing professional and academic corpus for the purpose of research.
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January 2016 - December 2016
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Position
  • Chair of Research Committee, School of Education and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Sintok, Kedah, MALAYSIA.

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Publications (70)
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Semantically, intensifiers are concerned with the degree that scales the element to which the intensifiers applied to a point either higher than the norm or lower. Thus, the writers’ involvement with or detachment from a statement can be reflected through the use of intensifiers. This paper explores the use of intensifiers by Kurdish authors in com...
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Understanding the differences in communication styles is becoming increasingly important in business communication as more companies expand their operations to include local and international operations. The purpose of this article is to compare the structural moves employed in the Singaporean and Malaysian promotional genres from the standpoint of...
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Most languages tend to borrow a new concept or word from other languages for different reasons. These new words adapted in a way to resemble the native words inform, phonemes, spells, and even within the morphemes. They are treated as native words. Even though, native speakers of these languages do not aware of the fact that these are foreign words...
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This paper describes the processes that went into the design and development of the Learner Entrepreneurship Corpus (LEC), a specialised corpus that contains pedagogical sales e-mails written by undergraduates at a Malaysian public university. It describes in detail the processes involved in data collection and selection, as well as raw data proces...
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The communicative function of text can be obtained through the multimodal analysis of the text which contains the interaction and integration of two or more semiotic resources, graphics and text. This study investigated the structure of the titles and graphics of the title pages along with the situation of the content of native and non-native title...
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Genre analysis has been frequently employed in Malaysia to analyse undergraduate and postgraduate target discourse, particularly research articles and abstracts. On the other hand, just a few studies have been done on argumentative essays written by pre-university students taking the Malaysian University English Test (MUET). The goal of this study...
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In student-centered learning, UUM Foundation students (FS) must take a more active role in building knowledge. The goal of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of internet-based learning for UUM FS students during the Covid-19 disaster, as well as the ways in which students protect themselves when using the internet. University stud...
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El-Hasan Mosque which is located in the Rukun Warga XII area of Resonegaran Village, Terban Village. Kampung Resonegaran is located on the east side of Jl. Prof. Yohanes, west of Purbonegaran Village. The understanding of Al-Quaran education is not carried out in the Koran education park which is inside the El-Hasan Mosque because of the renovation...
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This search aimed to search out the various ways utilized in learning vocabularies among Jordanian undergraduate EFL learners in 3 completely different proficiency levels (low, medium and high) in Jordan University of science and technology. The vocabulary learning strategies that are employed in this research embrace determination, social, memory,...
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Learning vocabulary is one of the most difficult obstacles that learners experience though learning a second or foreign language. The importance of vocabulary in language usage has been noted, and learners with inadequate vocabulary skills have had difficulty acquiring second and foreign languages. Consequently, when learning vocabulary in a second...
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This article is preliminary research that highlights the need for conducting more research on the representation of Kurdish women in media from a linguistic perspective. This article provides an analysis of online news discourse on the Mail Online website to show how and why the journalist manipulating the linguistic properties have constructed the...
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Decades ago, borrowings had a significant role in linguistic studies. Different studies have been done on the interferences among languages. Each one had different forecasts and results from others. This survey study aims to cover the most recent studies of English borrowings in the Arabic language. A descriptive research strategy is used to collec...
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Films are means to express ideological stances. This study analyzes gender representation in the film Frozen an animation movie using a number of gender theories such as Coates (1986). This study is a qualitative study through a Discourse Analysis approach that makes it a descriptive study. Findings shows the occurrences of a few themes under the v...
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The second language can be defined as any other language which is learned or acquired after their first language or their mother tongue. Learning or acquiring a second language can be a difficult task for anybody that wishes to speak or write in a language other than their first language. Teachers should have the basic knowledge of second language...
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Taschenbuch. Neuware - Das Hauptziel dieser Studie ist es, die Einstellung irakischer EFL-Schüler gegenüber der Verwendung von Online-Videos als ergänzendes Material im Klassenzimmer aufzuzeigen. Darüber hinaus wird sie durchgeführt, um zu zeigen, wie die irakischen EFL-Schüler die Nutzung von Online-Videos im Hinblick auf die Benutzerfreundlichkei...
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Este livro oferece uma visão dos vídeos como ferramentas educacionais e seus impactos no processo de ensino e aprendizagem da língua inglesa. Indica as causas que tornam esta tecnologia significativa para ser integrada no processo de ensino com referência ao seu efeito tanto nos professores como nos alunos da classe. Além disso, o pesquisador mostr...
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This book offers a view of videos as educational tools and its impacts on the process of teaching and learning of the English language. It indicates the causes which make this technology significant to be integrated into the teaching process with referring to its effect on both teachers and students in the class. Moreover, the researcher in detail...
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The main aim of this study is to show Iraqi EFL students' attitudes towards using Online videos as supplemental materials in the classroom. In addition, it is conducted to show the Iraqi EFL students' perception towards the use of Online videos in terms of ease of use and usefulness of language learning. In this qualitative research, 28 Iraqi stude...
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In this study, we built a learner corpus, specifically the C-BUK corpus, to investigate variation in the processing of determiners in the descriptive ESL writing of the Nigerian undergraduate. The theoretical assumption that guides this study is that of the usage-based theory. Basically, the method applied in this study is the quantitative descript...
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The internet communication language is a strange controversial language (Fenianos, 2020). This language includes many new linguistic changes or techniques. Also, the nature and the reasons of these techniques are still questionable. Thus, this study investigates linguistic changes appear through the communication of Jordanian university students on...
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This paper reports a multidimensional move analysis and identifies metadiscourse features of abstract sections of 30 Scopus-indexed articles in the Social Sciences and identifies the interactive stylistic resources used by the authors. The results show that the authors used various interactive resources, to help readers understand a text. Among the...
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Speaking natively is speaking idiomatically using frequent and familiar collocation" (Ellis, 2005: p.128). Collocation is the best tool in describing lexical and grammatical behavior in language learning and it has gained currency in the recent years (Lu, 2016). In Pakistan, there is a lack of research work, done at collocational level, which may h...
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Code-switching is a controversial phenomenon and has unresolved questions (Soto et al., 2018). The appearance of universal grammar and the idea of the innateness of language encouraged syntactic theories to explain code-switchingstructure (Boersma and De Bot, 2006).However, the syntactic structure of code-switching is not agreed. There are two diff...
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This paper presents the steps taken to develop a specific teaching framework that fulfills the fundamental real-life context of the prospective legal practitioners, using the specific genre analysis approach which integrates a corpus-based approach and a structural linguistics analysis. The findings showed the use of specific moves and parts-of-spe...
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of using think-pair-share (TPS) strategy in developing critical thinking skills among university students. TPS is one of the cooperative learning strategies that encourages student to participate in group discussion, think critically about issue given and capable to present. There are seventy s...
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This study aims to investigate the generic features used in a business correspondence written by the undergraduates of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). The aim of this research is to propose a standard generic structure in writing a business email. The emails are gathered from their assignment comprised of two email-based questions; but, this pa...
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This study aimed to investigate the generic features in the business emails written by the undergraduates of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). Besides that, this study intended to propose a standard generic structure in writing a business email. The emails were gathered from the respondents' assignment that comprised of two email-based questions;...
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This book explain about Malaysian relationship with other countries and very useful for Form Six
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In order to co-create teaching and learning for enhanced student engagement, faculty–student partnership in higher education is emerging as a distinguished practice in the West especially for undergraduates. However, little is known about the impact of such practices in the East. This article reports the benefits of a term long collaboration betwee...
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The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of backchannel communication in developing students"critical thinking skill: macro and micro critical thinking.There are many tools in backchannel communication (BC). Padlet has been used as one of backchannel communication in this research.There are seventy students from two classes (Class X and C...
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Most scholars have studied written discourse both in academic and professional setting within the scope of genre-based analysis, which demonstrate an increase interest in analysing the rhetorical structure of written texts. Conversely, there is a dearth of research in Malaysia that explains the rhetorical structure of argumentative essays from a ge...
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Research studies from a few decades ago have explored relationship between learners’ vocabulary knowledge and language skills namely speaking, writing, listening and reading. However, there is hardly any study which examines the link between receptive vocabulary knowledge and speaking proficiency of Malaysian learners of English as a second languag...
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The development of Academic Word List (AWL) has raised awareness on the usefulness of general academic vocabulary among English as second language (ESL) learners especially in expanding their vocabulary size as well as constructing strong academic language foundation for their university education. This highlights the relevancy and necessity of AWL...
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The current study examined the causes of poor writing skills of intermediate students in the public sector colleges of Pakistan. Besides, the study discusses the methods being used in these colleges and how those methods can be replaced by cooperative and collaborative learning techniques to enhance the writing skills of the students successfully a...
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Cultural diversity can be seen in many forms. One specific area of interest would be the use of language in expressing opinions related to many aspects of a society. This particular study reports on the use of culturally influenced language, in order to express opinions as reflected on auto rickshaws in Lahore, Pakistan. Data was gathered by observ...
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These day mobile phones are being resorted to as indispensable pedagogical tools for imparting language skills to the present day students who are termed as ‘Generation Y’, ‘Net Generation’ and above all ‘Digital Natives’. Mobile phones have the potential to be reliable pedagogical tool to teach writing which is the most neglected skills to the int...
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Many studies, most of them using lexicon decision task in conjunction with masked priming, have focused basically on the how morphemes are used to let readers recognize words through the recognition of the constituent morphemes of the multimorphemic words. This paper presents the importance of one such morpheme or in another simpler word; the space...
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Many studies, most of them using lexicon decision task in conjunction with masked priming, have focused basically on the how morphemes are used to let readers recognize words through the recognition of the constituent morphemes of the multimorphemic words. This paper presents the importance of one such morpheme or in another simpler word; the space...
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Many studies, most of them using lexicon decision task in conjunction with masked priming, have focused basically on the how morphemes are used to let readers recognize words through the recognition of the constituent morphemes of the multimorphemic words. This paper presents the importance of one such morpheme or in another simpler word; the space...
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The core of this paper is reflecting actual language use as the ‘performance’ of the language learners. The areas of investigation involves examining the structural linguistics patterns used by the language learners while preparing the essays, in terms of using the part-of-speech (POS) and the sentence level syntactical analysis of the most frequen...
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Language teaching in the modern era needs to be underpinned by some language learning theories which can have the potential to define the origin of the target language, its application, formation as well as understanding of as to how that language can be taught and learnt successfully. Keeping this perspective in view, the current study was underta...
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The core of this paper is reflecting actual language use as the "performance" of the language learners. The areas of investigation involves examining the structural linguistics patterns used by the language learners while preparing the essays, in terms of using the part-of-speech (POS) and the sentence level syntactical analysis of the most frequen...
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The main aim of this paper is to explore the features of identity found in the context of descriptive essays. This study seeks to identify how students in diaspora often create a dominant impression, theme, and idea while revealing their identity. The samples utilized in this study consists of essays written by Nigerian students pursuing different...
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Since reading and writing have been taught separately and independently by some English instructors, students, especially EFL learners, do not use their knowledge in either area to improve their literacy learning in general. This study is aimed at examining the impact of incorporating reading in efforts to improve the writing skills of EFL students...
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A rule of the thumb is: you apply what you have learnt. However, many have failed to do so. This paper reports the lack of ability to apply the learnt knowledge into real-life context of the legislative communicative event of writing the important legal documents. Parameters of Munby’s Communication Needs Processor (CNP) were adapted and used to in...
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Over the last six years (2007 to 2013) Malaysian Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) has recorded four fatality cases, 36 cases of Lost Time Incident (LTI), 24,964 lost work days, 24 Restricted Work Case, 28 Medical Treatment Case, 83 First Aid cases with recorded 196,352,113 man hours worked. On average, it has approximately 29 workers sustaining...
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The significant role of vocabulary knowledge in second language (L2) learning has been acknowledged by various studies conducted by researchers with different purposes. Of the previous research conducted, hardly any attempted to examine how well productive vocabulary knowledge predicts the speaking performance of L2 learners. Therefore, the current...
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Background: At any one point of their teaching careers, teachers are bound to hold the role of a researcher. Without realising, teachers are engaged in research while analysing and reflecting their daily teaching practices. Such practices, if polished and enhanced, could assist many in understanding and bridging the teacher-researcher gap. Objectiv...
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In 1997, the Malaysian government introduced a new strategy to encourage the teaching of languages in the national Primary Schools. The aim is to teach and develop a second or a third language for the students. After 17 years of implementation, this paper highlights the teaching of the Chinese Language in the National Primary Schools of the nation....
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This paper explores the communication aspects of language use in the discourse of Hausa folktales. The term folktale refers to the Hausa language term ‘tatsuniya’ or ‘gatana’ that speaks of traditional fictional narration. Moreover, folktale is a traditional mode of prose, a fictional genre and a traditional form of communication, a traditional edu...
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Learning second language (L2) has always been a common practice for varieties of reasons –for the purpose of studying, travelling, among others. In this pursuit, review from literature reveals that L2 learning had always been challenging and disturbing, resulting in discontinuation of the process or imperfect learning experience. In view of attendi...
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Abstract The present study is designed to investigate the relationship between reading and writing among EFL learners in Malaysia. The study also examines the effect of reciprocal teaching strategies (RTS) as proposed and explored by Palincsar and Brown (1984) on EFL learners’ writing development and improvement. This study is part of a PhD researc...
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This paper is an analysis of errors in students’ written production. The instrument used for this study was two argumentative essays written by participants with differences in cultural background; Malay and Indian. These original essays are analyzed thoroughly to find the most frequent errors made. All of the errors in these two essays were identi...
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This study aims to explore the use of personal pronouns ‘we’, ‘you’ and ‘I’ in poems written by undergraduates of Universiti Teknologi MARA Kampus Machang. The methodology applied in this mini-scaled investigation of the written communication is the Computer-Assisted Corpus Analysis (CACA). Ten poems written by ten undergraduate students were compa...
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In Malaysia, English is taught and used as a second language. Nevertheless, English has become a requirement for employment and career advancement. Mastering English requires mastering the spoken and written aspects of the language, and written linguistic competence requires grammatical and pragmatic competence to produce a cognitively understandab...
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This paper presents an application of Vijay Bhatia's genre analysis. A move analysis and a multidimensional analysis was conducted using a compiled representative corpus; COREWIC. As a descriptive analysis, it explored the written communicative events produced by engineers in the petroleum industry in Malaysia. Among the findings is the proposition...
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This paper presents computer-assisted corpus analysis (CACA) conducted using a compiled representative corpus. As a descriptive study, it explores the written communicative events produced by engineers in the petroleum industry in Malaysia. Language use is commonly analyzed for competence and performance. Competence is best described as the interna...
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This paper presents an analysis of the linguistic constituent; NOUN, as reflected in the texts produced by business and management students in two higher learning institutions in Malaysia. As a descriptive and a corpus-based study, it explored the output of L2 learners in the business context, providing examples of NOUN used. The precise area inves...
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This paper presents an approach applicable in assessing the syntax in a learner corpus. As a descriptive and a corpus-based study, it explored the output of L2 learners in the business context providing examples of syntactic structures. Data is drawn from a sample corpus collected from learners enrolled in business and management courses in higher...
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This paper presents an approach applicable in assessing the syntactical structures in a learner corpus. As a descriptive and a corpus-based study, it explored the output of L2 learners in the business context providing examples of the syntactic structures. The proposed areas for investigations are frequency analyses, sentence level syntactical anal...
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English Language has become the basic requirement for employment or job enhancement, whether in the private sector or in the public sector. Mastering this globally important language requires the mastering of spoken and written use of the language. Among others, the written linguistic competence requires grammatical competence and pragmatics compet...

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I am currently looking at possible collaborations between industries and higher learning institutions. How can this type of collaboration be encouraged? Any ideas?
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I am looking at possible ways of enhancing higher education especially at the tertiary level, through collaboration from the industries. It is always stated that industrial needs are not met by graduates from higher learning institutions.
How far is this true? And how can we, as ESP course designers and teachers, overcome this issue?

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English has become the only international language because it is the language of science, AI, computers, and all other branches of knowledge, in addition to being the language of international trade and banking, and diplomacy. The project aims at exploring the impact of English on the competitive linguistic environments, as well as on all other languages.
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The purpose of this project is to work on different aspects of English language especially on the teaching and learning of the language. The project will focus on highlighting the importance of English language as well as research on improving the process of teaching and learning English in Pakistan.
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