Mohd Mukhlis Bin Abu Bakar

Assistant Head/ALC (Malay)

Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC)

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PhD, MA (Wales, UK)
BA (National University of Singapore)


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Research Interests
Childhood bilingualism and biliteracy; literacy learning in the home, school and faith settings; discourse analysis; Islamic religious education

  • Mukhlis Abu Bakar is Associate Professor at the Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Prior to joining NIE in 2002, Mukhlis taught at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. He is currently Assistant Head/ALC (Malay) and Programme Leader for the BA(Ed) (Malay Language Specialisation) programme. He is also NIE representative on the NTU Board of Discipline.

    Trained as an applied linguist, Mukhlis teaches in the area of grammar, linguistics, discourse, bilingualism and literacy. His current research interests include: childhood bilingualism and biliteracy, sociocultural approach to literacy learning in the home, school and faith settings, and pronunciation issues in the Malay language.

    Mukhlis conducts workshops for teachers on Action Research and Bilingual Teaching Methods. He supervises MA and PhD students and has served as NIE’s Higher Degree Internal Examiner as well as External Examiner for local and overseas universities. He has also served as Associate Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Co-editor of Jurnal Pendidikan Awal Kanak-kanak, and Reviewer for a number of internationally refereed journals.

    Mukhlis’ public service roles include serving as: Member of Singapore National Translation Committee and Head of Malay Resource Panel of the Committee, MCI; Member of Advisory Panel on Parenting, MSF; Member of Research Panel, Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism (LKYFB), MOE; and Member of Community of Mentors of the Postgraduate Certificate in Islam in Contemporary Societies programme, MUIS. He has previously served in the Project Evaluation Committee of the LKYFB, the Malay Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee (2005), and the Malay Language Review Committee (2010), of MOE.

  • 2020   Received the NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation

    2020   Received the NTU Long Service Award (20 years)

    Received the NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation

    2017   Received the NIE Excellence in Service Award  

    2015   Received the NTU Long Service Award (15 years)

    2011   Received the NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation