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A message from the Dean

Selamat Datang and a warm welcome to the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL), University of Malaya.

Our faculty is recognized as a multi-faceted and vibrant environment where high-quality academic programmes are offered based on extensive research and consultation with industry to ensure that our students gain the adaptability, resilience, entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking that is required to thrive and become employable in an era of global communication. In all of these courses, we prepare students to engage with the world around them in ways that will be relevant in any career path they choose.

As an undergraduate student at FLL, you can major in English, Arabic, Chinese, Tamil, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. You can also take up another language as part of an elective subject. Our programmes are designed to develop a range of skills through academic and out-of-class learning experiences. Our students now participate in community engagements, employability programmes, internship placements and some travel abroad to participate in the student exchange programmes. There is also the possibility of embarking on a double degree programme for some of our Bachelor’s programmes. Exposure to these experiences enriches their own lives, and those of our global partners and host communities.

Our postgraduate programmes comprise a doctoral degree by full research, and two Master’s programmes: Master of English Language Studies (MELS) and Master of Arts (Linguistics). Students from over 16 countries pursue their postgraduate studies with us. We provide our students with academic and research support through the many workshops, colloquiums and seminars organized by the postgraduate office.

Our experienced and innovative Malaysian and international academic staff embrace multiple creative approaches to teaching which accommodate a variety of learning styles. The diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds of the lecturers, coupled with their teaching and research capabilities, support teaching and learning at the faculty. Further, to facilitate students' success, our dedicated staff serves as the frontline support of our daily operation.

In terms of research, we focus on four main niche areas; namely, Applied Linguistics, Discourse Studies, Language Structure and Sociolinguistics. Our research on language and linguistics covers the Malaysian languages, indigenous and endangered languages in Malaysia as well as extends to other languages around the world. As a community of scholars, we strive to create an impact on society. We do this by informing policy decisions on language education, providing training and consultation on language related matters, and supporting heritage language learning, language documentation and language revitalization efforts. Along with rising in rankings, FLL aims to build on our academic reputation based on our firm collaborations with the industries, our linkages with partner universities and our growing alumni network.

I am confident that you will count your time with us among the more memorable and valuable of your adult life. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dr. Surinderpal Kaur A/p Chanan Singh
DEAN
FACULTY OF LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

Last Updated: 22/07/2020