Mukhlis Abu Bakar has taught at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore, for six years prior to joining the National Institute of Education’s Asian Languages and Cultures in 2002. He is currently the department’s Programme Leader for the BA(Ed) programme and Convenor for the Jalinan Budi Seminar Series.
Trained as an applied linguist, Mukhlis teaches in the area of grammar, linguistics, discourse, bilingualism and literacy. His current research interests lie in the field of childhood bilingualism and biliteracy, family literacy, and a sociocultural approach to literacy learning in the home, school and faith settings. His work on Islamic religious education led to a Fulbright American Studies Institute Program scholarship on ‘Religion in Contemporary America: Church, State and Society’ at the Centre for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, USA, in 2003.
Mukhlis has supervised MA and PhD students and has served as Higher Degree Internal Examiner of the Institute as well as External Examiner of the National University of Singapore and the University of Malaya. He has also served as Reviewer for a number of internationally refereed journals and is currently an Associate Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Education.
Mukhlis’ public service roles include serving as: Head of the Malay Resource Panel, Singapore National Translation Committee; a member of the Advisory Panel on Parenting, Ministry of Social and Family Development; and a member of the Advisory Council of Mercy Relief, Singapore’s home-grown humanitarian relief organisation. He has previously served in the Ministry of Education’s Project Evaluation Committee of the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, and Malay Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee in 2005 and again in the Malay Language Review Committee in 2010. He has been invited to conduct workshops on teaching and research for Malay Language teachers in a number of school clusters.