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Dr. Manvender Kaur a/p Sarjit Singh is currently a Senior Lecturer in SLCP, CAS, Universiti Utara Malaysia. She graduated with B.Edu (Hons.) (TESL) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), M.Ed. (TESL) and a Ph.D (TESL) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). During her Masters' research, she conducted a training needs analysis on English language use and requirements, and completed a Masters' dissertation entitled: A Training Needs Analysis: A Case Study of Front Line Customs Officers at Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar, Tanjung Kupang, Johor. During her Ph.D research, she conducted a corpus-based genre analysis of the written communication prepared by professionals in the Malaysian petroleum industry and developed a rhetorical model for the written work procedures from the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) department of the selected company. She analyzed the writing strategies used by the engineers while preparing the written documents and proposed a written framework suitable for the ESP teaching of written work procedures. While conducting the genre analysis, she developed an easily replicated methodology called the Computer Assisted Corpus Analysis (CACA) which may be applied across various disciplines in order to conduct genre analysis and to understand the written and spoken communication used by language users. The contributions of such genre analyses are in the form of designing and developing ESP teaching frameworks suitable for future human capital of various industries. Her areas of specializations are TESL, ESP, Corpus Linguistics, Needs Analysis, Genre Analysis and Discourse Analysis. She believes in conducting a mixed-method (qualitative and quantitative) research. Her research interests are conducting language needs analysis in professional organizations, analyzing written learner corpus and genre-specific corpus, and developing ESP teaching frameworks. Currently, she is teaching Research Methodology, Academic Writing, Psycholinguistics, Discourse Analysis to postgraduates.
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