Fariza Puteh Behak


Fariza Puteh-Behak is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Major Language Studies in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. She holds a PhD from University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She has also obtained a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in the Teaching English as a Second Language from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

She is a passionate researcher in the areas of multiliteracies, participatory research, socio-cultural learning and innovative teaching pedagogy. She has obtained various research grants from the Malaysian Government Ministry of Education as well as Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in exploring multiliteracies and teaching innovations as well as socio-cultural learning of the indigenous community in Malaysia. Some of the research projects are:

  • Promoting Internationalization of Education and Enhancing Graduate Employability Competence through an Online Multiliteracies Project Learning Approach;
  • Bridging the Socioliteracy of Orang Asli to the Mainstream Education Using an English Language Supplementary Curriculum; and
  • Sustainable Socio-cultural Education Framework for Indigenous Population (IP) in Malaysia.

She also actively publishes research articles in various reputable journals and presents papers in national and international conferences. Among her recent papers are:

  • “Multiliteracies in Malaysia” -published in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education;
  • “Multiliteracies Project Approach: Dated or a Worthy Learning Tool?” – published in GEMA Online® Journal of Language Studies;
  • “The Education of Indigenous Children in Malaysia: Past, Present and the Future”- has been invited to be a speaker at PECERA 2019 at Taiwan;
  • Tales of the empty classroom: Looking at indigenous children education from three different perspectives” – has been accepted to be presented at International Conference on Indigenous Peoples (ICIP) 2019.

She can be contacted at fariza@usim.edu.my .

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