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Dr Farhana Abu Bakar

BA (English Language) (Universiti Putra Malaysia), Master of Applied Linguistics (English) (Universiti Putra Malaysia), PhD (Higher Education) (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Senior Lecturer

Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, UTM Malaysia


About Farhana   

I am a recipient of the Recognised Associate Supervisor Award from the United Kingdom Council for Graduate Education. Currently, I am pursuing my postdoctoral fellowship and serving as a visiting scholar at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Previously, at Language Academy, UTM I served as the Postgraduate (Master and PhD- full research/generic) Program Coordinator for English Language and Communication. At the faculty level, I provided academic development support to postgraduate students under the Postgraduate Student Society (PGSS) as the head advisor.


I teach English Linguistics and Discourse Analysis to undergraduate Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) students, English Academic Writing to undergraduate students and Qualitative Research Method to postgraduate Master and PhD students.


I am primarily interested in utilising a purely qualitative approach to conduct research in the field of English language. My focus lies specifically in the area of Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis, including Language Socialisation and Code-switching, as well as Language Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and Higher Education research.


Journal articles

Bakar, F. & Kumar, V. (2019). The use of humour in teaching and learning in higher education classrooms: Lecturers’ perspectives. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 40, 15-25. (ISI/SSCI: Q1)

Bakar, F. (2019). Appropriate and relevant humour in the university classroom. The European Journal of Humour Research7(4), 137-152. (Scopus)

Bakar, F. & Kumar, V. (2022). How students perceive the teacher’s use of humour and how it enhances learning in the classroom. The European Journal of Humour Research, 10 (4). 187-199. // (Scopus)

Zabiddin, N.S. & Bakar, F. (2022). English primary school teachers’ perceptions of green screens in teaching English. LSP International Journal, 9 (2), 97-107. (MyCite)

Palani, H. & Bakar, F. (2023). A case study on the use of humorous code-switching in Harith Iskander’s stand-up comedy shows. LSP International Journal, 10 (2), 13-26. (MyCite)

Book chapters

Singh, M.K.S., Bakar, F. (2024). Malaysia. In Kumar, V., Wald, N. (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Enhancing Doctoral Co-Supervision (pp. 41-50). Springer, Singapore.

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