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Liza Binti Abdullah

Academic Qualification

  • Education - Doctor of Philosophy, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Education(TESL) - Masters Degree, Universiti Malaya (UM)
  • B.A - Bachelor Degree, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Translation - Diploma, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka

Liza Binti Abdullah (Dr.)

CELPAD Lecturer
IIUM Gombak Campus


Other's position:

Deputy Director, Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development

Expert Profile

Liza binti Abdullah obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Texas at El Paso, USA, Diploma in Translation from Institut Terjemahan Negara and Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka and Masters in Education, TESL from University of Malaya and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Kulliyyah of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Upon completion of her first degree, she returned to Malaysia in May 1991 and was offered a job as an English lecturer at Mara Language Academy under MARA Education Foundation where she spent 10 years there. Apart from teaching various international programmes such as American Associate Degree and A-Level, she also did a lot of coordinating tasks including coordinating an intensive programme which involved 17 trainee teachers from New Zealand who opted for practical teaching programme in Malaysia.
In 2001, Liza joined Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD), IIUM as an English lecturer teaching English to Pre-Sessional students, English for Academic Writing and English for Occupational Purposes . She has also been given the responsibilities to hold various portfolios ranging from the posts of Assistant Course Coordinator, Course Coordinator, Coordinator of Teacher Development Unit, and Curriculum Development and Material Management Production Unit, to Deputy Head of Department. Currently, she is holding a post of Head of English Language Division at the Centre.  In addition, she is also one of the external assessors of Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) for English Language Courses. 

Area of Specialisation

  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Education ~ Language Literacy (Including English (TESOL, ESL, TEFL) and other Languages) - Education(TESL)

Award & Recognition

08 Oct, 2008 Best Teacher Award - Celpad University



2020 ESL student teachers beliefs about learning Arabic as a foreign language. International Journal of Asian Social Science, 10 (1) pp. 43-50
2019 Enhancing ESL writing using sentence variety checklist. International Journal of Academic Research in Business & Social Sciences, 9 (13: Special Issue: Revolutionizing Education: Challenges, Innovation, Collaboration) pp. 87-95
2017 An analysis of parents' perception on the importance of homework: a case study in Malaysia. Science International, 29 (2 (March-April : Section B)) pp. 389-393
2017 Validating content of sentence variety checklist for ESL writing. International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development, 6 (3) pp. 119-128
2015 Online Survey of Reading Strategies (OSORS): students’ Online reading in academic context. Malaysian Journal of Distance Education, 17 (2) pp. 67-81
2014 Parents' involvement with children's homework: a case study of academicians in a Malaysian institution of higher learning. Scottish Journal of Arts, Social Sciences and Scientific Studies, 19 (1) pp. 76-87
Conference or Workshop Item

2022 Revisiting students’ required skills in an English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) course at the International Islamic University Malaysia. In: Language for Specific Purposes International Seminar (LSP2021),
2015 OSORS: how do students read online?. In: International Conference on Languages (ICL 2015),
2015 Validating content of sentence variety checklist for ESL writing. In: International Conference on Languages (ICL 2015),
2014 Enhancing ESL writing using sentence variety checklist. In: 3rd International Language Conference (ILC) 2014,
2011 Teachers’ interpretations on Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) in the inter-cultural English language classroom. In: The 2nd International Language Conference, 2011,
Book Section

2021 Writing anxiety among English language students at an international university in Malaysia. In: Penerbit Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA), ISBN: 978-967-2231-80-6, pp. 69-83