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Associate Professor Vijay Kumar Mallan

Cert in Edu(Mal), Dip ESL(UM), B.Ed. TESL(UPM), MA(UPM), PhD(Otago)

Email vijay.mallan@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 8489

About Vijay

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While completing my PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Otago, I developed an interest in doctoral education. Since then, my teaching and research has focussed on enhancing the doctoral experience both for the supervisors and their students. Over the last decade, I have developed, disseminated and published on doctoral support, examination and feedback practices. My research philosophy is to produce scholarship that has practical implications. In Otago, I am responsible for the academic development programmes for supervisors and PhD students. Outside Otago, I am invited regularly to provide expertise and teach on doctoral supervision programmes in Australia, Estonia, Finland, India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway and Sweden. I am a founding member of the International Doctoral Education Research Network.

Prior to my 2011 appointment at the University of Otago, I was an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, where I taught courses in Speech Communication, Thesis Writing, and Psycholinguistics.

Teaching

Postgraduate workshops and consultations

Introduction to the Research Journey, Managing the Writing Process, Preparing for the Oral Examination, Expectations of Examiners, Presenting Research at Conferences, Publishing during Candidature, Doctoral Writing.

Staff workshops and consultations

Providing Feedback in Doctoral Supervision, Preparing Students for the Oral Examination, Assisting Students with the Writing, Providing Quality Doctoral Supervision.

Supervision

I welcome qualitative research proposals that are related to doctoral education, doctoral examination, feedback practices and use of humour in academic settings.

Current students

PhD

  • Anushika Kariyawasam. Application of Content and Language Integrated Learning in Teaching English as a Second language in the Context of Tertiary Education
  • Nick Baker. Writing and reading identities of experienced researchers

Past students

PhD

  • Farhana Abu Bakar (2018). The use of humour in teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • Hamidreza Mahroeian (2018). Big data and analytics in higher education
  • Tan Wee Chun (2018). Discourse of viva practices
  • Yassamin Pouriran (2014). Corrective feedback and learner uptake in selected Iranian EFL classrooms.
  • Mohammad Abdul Khaled (2014). Written and Oral feedback in PhD drafts.
  • Saiful Amin Jalun (2013). Discourse realizations of linguistic features in university parlimentary debate speeches
  • Foroogh Azari (2013). Effects of textual glosses on text comprehension, vocabulary gain and vocabulary retention among tertiary level persian-speaking ESL learners.
  • Kanthimathci Letchumanan(2012). Effects of Paper-based and Computer-based Games on the Vocabulary Learning of Young ESL Learners
  • Ali Ziyaeemehr (2009). Humour styles and types in postgraduate academic lectures

Master's

  • Rebecca Bird (2017). Exploring the merits of iPad App in HUBS 192 labs
  • Graham O Brien (2015). Reflective practice for post-ordination
  • Sue McKinnon (2014). Feedback for understanding
  • Melissa Higson (2012). Feedback to improve student learning outcome
  • Bathma Dewi (2009). Writer’s perception of the think aloud method
  • Balachandran (2009). Effects of scaffolding on the development of similes in descriptive writing
  • Annahita Irani (2009). Questioning strategies in conference presentations
  • Tan Wee Chun (2009). Academic interactions in journal blind reviews
  • Bharathy Viswanathan (2009). Pragmatic analysis of humour in the ESL classroom
  • Mohammad Abdulkhaleq (2008). Effects of word processing on revision strategies
  • Sharon Sharmini (2008). Insights from verbal protocols of ESL writers’ responses to written feedback
  • Kelly Tee (2008). Affective written feedback as a process of discovery
  • Logeswari Arumugam (2007). Pragmatic analysis of written feedback
  • Jeremy Ivan (2007). Analysis of lecturer’s written feedback
  • Umarani Muthusamy (2007). Concept mapping in composition writing among ESL students
  • Sahar Marwan (2007). Individual learning styles: Insights from vocabulary games
  • Suliana Wan Chik (2006). The acquisition of negation in English by L1 Malay speakers
  • Anne Shamala (2006). Effects of using graphic organizer amongst low proficiency students

Research interests

My research interests are in doctoral support, doctoral examination, feedback practices, humour in academic settings and academic well-being.