Nor ashikin ab manan

Nor ashikin ab manan
Universiti Teknologi MARA | UiTM · Department of English and Linguistics

B.Sc, MSc.,Ph.D

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August 1999 - present
Universiti Teknologi MARA (Perak) Seri Iskandar
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
June 1997 - September 1998
University of Stirling
Field of study
  • TESOL
June 1988 - June 1989
Universiti Teknologi MARA
Field of study
  • TESL
September 1983 - December 1986
The Ohio State University
Field of study
  • Business Administration

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Publications (36)
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The study was conducted to address the problem of English language speaking anxiety among adult ESL learners by introducing vlogging as one of the learning activities and as an assessment of speaking skills. The main objective of this action research was to establish whether vlogging assignments could assist in alleviating speaking anxiety among ad...
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In this current worldwide era of cyber-physical systems, internet of things and big data analytics or commonly known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), more people are becoming aware on the importance of lifelong education. Every year in Malaysia, the number of adult distance learners increases due to numerous reasons which indirectly pr...
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The objective of this study is to identify the errors in writing committed by Malay ESL learners which can be attributed to mother tongue interference. Twenty pre-degree quantity surveyor students from Universiti Teknologi MARA Perak campus participated in the study. They were instructed to write between 200-to 300-word essays on a given topic in E...
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The present study intended to examine the relationship between English language proficiency and receptive/ productive vocabulary knowledge of first year diploma students from a public university in Malaysia. The study was conducted among 136 students from the faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying to determine this relationship. The studen...
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It has been established that ESL learners’ vocabulary knowledge correlates highly to their general proficiency in English. The vocabulary size of ESL learners is seen as an essential aspect of readiness of first-year students to adapt to the university learning environment especially when English is used as the medium of instruction. Owing to this...
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This research paper describes the use of discourse markers (henceforth DMs) in paragraph writing by English as second language (ESL) learners who were enrolled in a writing class. 25 diploma level students from Landscape Architecture programme participated in the study. The main objective of the study was to investigate the use of DMs in paragraph...
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Abstract The purpose of this study is to identify the errors in writing committed by Malay ESL learners which can be attributed to mother tongue interference. 20 pre-degree quantity surveyor students from Universiti Teknologi MARA participated in the study. They were instructed to write between 200- to 300-word essays on a given topic in English a...
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Abstract The present study intended to examine the relationship between English language proficiency and receptive/ productive vocabulary knowledge of first year diploma students from a public university in Malaysia. The study was conducted among 136 students from the faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying to determine this relationship....
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This paper discusses pertinent issues in relation to formula instruction. It is based on a quasiexperimental study which was primarily carried out to ascertain whether incorporating formula instruction into an academic writing class is advantageous in improving the participants’ academic writing performance. Since time allocated for academic writ...
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It has been established that ESL learners' vocabulary knowledge correlates highly to their general proficiency in English. The vocabulary size of ESL learners is seen as an essential aspect of readiness of first-year students to adapt to the university learning environment especially when English is used as the medium of instruction. Owing to this...
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This research paper describes the use of discourse markers (henceforth DMs) in paragraph writing by English as second language (ESL) learners who were enrolled in a writing class. 25 diploma level students from Landscape Architecture programme participated in the study. The main objective of the study was to investigate the use of DMs in paragraph...
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Abstract. Ever since Littlemore and Low (2006) pointed to the importance as well as the ubiquity of metaphor in language, other researchers have taken up the challenge of examining different facets of metaphoric competence. Being able to understand and use metaphors in writing and speaking, Kathpalia & Carmel (2011) argue, is the mark of a fluen...
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Ever since Littlemore and Low (2006) pointed to the importance as well as the ubiquity of metaphor in language, other researchers have taken up the challenge of examining different facets of metaphoric competence. Being able to understand and use metaphors in writing and speaking, Kathpalia & Carmel (2011) argue, is the mark of a fluent second lang...
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This study was undertaken to investigate the perception of primary school teachers in Perak on the use of English as the medium of instruction in teaching Mathematics and Science subjects as well as to find out whether the change of policy has affected their motivation. This study focuses only on randomly selected 'Sekolah Kebangsaan' in Perak. 10%...
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This paper discusses the results of a study on formula instruction conducted among mixed-ability diploma level university students. The main objective of the study was to investigate whether incorporating direct instruction of academic formulas (DIAF) into an academic writing class would encourage the use of the target academic formulas (TAF) in th...
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This paper reports the results of a mixed-method study which was conducted to investigate whether Malay ESL learners who were, at the time the study was conducted, first-year Diploma in Computer Science students in a public university in Malaysia could improve their receptive vocabulary knowledge incidentally while reading silently in the classroom...
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The purpose of this study is to explore the benefit of direct instruction of academic formulas (DIAF) on the subjects’ academic writing performance. Two intact groups of Diploma in Computer Science students assigned as the experimental and control groups participated in the study. Each group consists of forty mixed ability ESL learners who were enr...
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The purpose of this study is to explore the benefit of direct instruction of academic formulas (DIAF) on the subjects' academic writing performance. Two intact groups of Diploma in Computer Science students assigned as the experimental and control groups participated in the study. Each group consists of forty mixed ability ESL learners who were enr...
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This study was conducted to explore the benefits of formula instruction in an academic writing class. Its main objective is to determine whether the students’ knowledge of the target formulas can be enhanced through direct instruction of the target academic formulas (DIAF) chosen from the academic formula list (AFL).In this study, twenty five formu...
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Abstract- This study was conducted to explore the benefits of formula instruction in an academic writing class. Its main objective is to determine whether the students’ knowledge of the target formulas can be enhanced through direct instruction of the target academic formulas (DIAF) chosen from the academic formula list (AFL).In this study, twent...
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This study was conducted to explore the benefits of formula instruction in an academic writing class. Its main objective is to determine whether the students' knowledge of the target formulas can be enhanced through direct instruction of the target academic formulas (DIAF) chosen from the academic formula list (AFL).In this study, twenty five formu...
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of academic formula instruction using target formulas chosen from pedagogic corpus, on the use of the target formulas in an academic essay writing test, and the academic essay writing test scores. Two intact groups of Diploma in Computer Science students assigned as the experimental and contro...
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The use of language learning strategies (LLS) by language learners is one of the contributing factors to the success of second language learning. Studies on successful and less successful learners have concluded that effective language learners are aware of the strategies they use (O’Malley & Chamot, 1990), have more repertoires of strategies at th...
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One of the main constraints faced by writing teachers is providing timely one-to-one feedback on the students writing pieces at the different stages of a writing process. Peer feedback or peer review has been found by many studies to be beneficial when used correctly in assisting the writing teachers to provide more feedback to their students paper...
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Language Learning Strategy (LLS) Training Using an Online Tool By 1 Ahmad Ashaari Alias, 1 Nor Ashikin Ab Manan, 1 Johana Yusof and 2 Ambigapathy Pandian 1 Universiti Teknologi Mara Perak and 2 Universiti Sains Malaysia Abstract The use of language learning strategies (LLS) by language learners is one of the contributing factors to the succe...
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Utilising a Social Networking Website as an Esl Pedagogical Tool in a Blended Learning Environment: An Exploratory Study By Nor Ashikin Ab Manan1 , Ahmad Ashaari Alias1 & Ambigapathy Pandian2 Universiti Teknologi Mara Perak, Malaysia1 & Universiti Sains Malaysia2 Abstract This exploratory study was conducted to investigate the possibility...
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Abstract One of the major challenges for ESL writing teachers employing process-oriented writing approach is providing good and timely feedback to the learners at every stage of their writing process especially when the class is large and the students are of mixed-ability. One way that could be employed to address this problem is to train the s...
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In year 2003, all Mathematics and Science teachers for year 1, form 1 and form 6 of all national schools in Malaysia started teaching Mathematics and Science in English. After more than a decade of using Bahasa Malaysia as a medium of instruction in schools, the government's decision to switch the medium of instruction for Mathematics and Science s...
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Starting from 2003 all year 1 pupils of all national schools in Malaysia have been taught Mathematics and Science in English. The Malaysian government views the switch of medium of instruction from Bahasa Malaysia to English for the two subjects as a way to improve the standard of English in Malaysia. This move is seen to be in line with the belief...

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The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of teaching discourse markers in an academic writing course. Its main objective is to investigate whether the students’ academic writing ability can be enhanced through the teaching of discourse markers.
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The purpose of this study is to analyse errors in writing committed by diploma level students to identify the sources which contribute to the errors. It is hoped the information gathered will provide some insight into the difficulty faced by Malay students in learning English. Identifying the areas of difficulty is important for English Language practitioners so that they can develop teaching materials which pays attention to these critical areas.
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The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of using short stories in the ESL classroom to promote receptive vocabulary growth.