Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Syed Abdul Manan


Syed Abdul Manan
Associate Professor
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Multilingual education


PhD in Applied Linguistics, 2015

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Topic: Mapping mismatches: English-medium education policy, perceptions and practices in the low-fee private schools in Quetta Pakistan

Masters in English Language Studies, 2011

National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia

Topic: Ethnolinguistic vitality of the Punjabi Sikh community in the state of Perak Malaysia

Bachelors in English literature and linguistics, 2004

National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad, Pakistan 


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Thematic areas:

Language policy and planning

Bi/multilingual education


Research subthemes:

  • Language-in-education/medium of instruction
  • Second/foreign language learning
  • English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • Language endangerment and revitalization
  • Wolrd Englishes
  • Linguistic landscape 


Geographic areas:

Pakistan and Malaysia




  •  Manan, S. A., & David, M. K. (2019). Deprescriptivizing folk theories: Critical multilingual language awareness for educators in Pakistan. The Language Learning Journal. doi:10.1080/09571736.2019.1657487
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., & Channa, L. A. (2019). Opening ideological and implementational spaces for multilingual/plurilingual policies and practices in education: a snapshot of scholarly activism in Pakistan. Current Issues in Language Planning, 20(5), 521-543. doi:10.1080/14664208.2018.1543162
  • Manan, S. A. (2019). Myth of English teaching and learning: a study of practices in the low-cost schools in Pakistan. Asian Englishes, 21(2), 172-189. doi:10.1080/13488678.2018.1503041
  • David, M. K., Firdaus, A. N. F. A., & Manan, S. A. (2019). Border crossings: use of linguistic studies across subject disciplines. Indonesian EFL Journal (IEFLJ), 5(2), 49-60. doi:10.25134/ieflj.v5i2.1902.
  • Manan, S. A. (2018). Silencing children’s power of self-expression: an examination of coercive relations of power in English-medium schools in Pakistan. L1-Educational Studies in Languages and Literature (18), 1-25. doi:
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., Dumanig, F. P., & Channa, L. A. (2017). The glocalization of English in the Pakistan linguistic landscape. World Englishes, Online. doi:10.1111/weng.12213
  • Manan, S. A., & Khadija-Tul-Kubra. (2017). The younger, the better: A critical analysis of educators' beliefs about age and instruction of English as a second/foreign language in Pakistan. Language Sciences. doi:http://
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., & Dumanig, F. P. (2017). Ethnolinguistic dilemma and static maintenance syndrome: A study of languages policies and language perceptions in Pakistan. Language Problems and Language Planning, 41(1), 66–86. doi:
  • Channa, L. A., Gilhooly, D., Channa, A. R., & Manan, S. A. (2017). Teaching English or producing docility? Foucauldian analysis of Pakistani state-mandated English textbooks. Cogent Education, 4(1), 1283101. doi:10.1080/2331186X.2017.1283101
  • Channa, L. A., Gilhooly, D., Lynn, C. A., Manan, S. A., & Soomro, N. H. (2017). Friend or foe? First language (L1) in second/foreign language (L2/FL) instruction & Vygotsky. Journal of Language and Cultural Education, 5(2), 25. doi:
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., & Dumanig, F. P. (2016). Language management: a snapshot of governmentality within the private schools in Quetta, Pakistan. Language Policy, 15(1), 3-26. doi:10.1007/s10993-014-9343-x
  • Manan, S. A. (2016). Building on Children's Linguistic Resources: A Socio-culturally Responsive Pedagogy for English Language Teaching in Pakistan. Philippines ESL Journal, 17(July), 67-85
  • Manan, S. A., Khadija-Tul-Kubra, & Channa, L. A. (2016). Teaching English as a subject in the government schools in Balochistan: A bottom-up analysis. BUITEMS Journal of Social Sciences, 2(1), 7-21.
  • David, M. K., & Manan, S. A. (2016). Language ideology and the linguistic landscape: A study in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 11.1, 1-16. doi:10.1558/lhs.v11.1.20228
  • Channa, L. A., Manan, S. A., & Khadija-Tul-Kubra. (2016). Labovian narrative analysis of a Pakistani schoolteacher’s experience of teaching English. BUITEMS Journal of Social Sciences, 2(1), 38-52.
  • David, M. K., Dumanig, F. P., & Manan, S. A. (2016). National Languages- Medium of Instruction- Empowerment or Disempowerment? Linguapax, Online.
  • Manan, S. A., & Mehmood, T. (2016). Contextualizing Teacher-Centered Versus Student-Centered Learning Approaches: A Study of University Graduates. BUITEMS Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1).
  • David, M. K., Hei, K. C., Alagappar, P. N., Hui, G. K., & Manan, S. A. (2016). Perceptions of the Chinese by Malay Respondents. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 11(2), 1-18.
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., & Dumanig, F. P. (2015). Disjunction between language policy and children's sociocultural ecology – an analysis of English-medium education policy in Pakistan. Language and Education, 1-21. doi:10.1080/09500782.2015.1046882
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., Dumanig, F. P., & Naqeebullah, K. (2015). Politics, economics and identity: mapping the linguistic landscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. International Journal of Multilingualism, 12(1), 31-50. doi:10.1080/14790718.2014.905581
  • Manan, S. A., Dumanig, F. P., & David, M. K. (2015). The English-medium fever in Pakistan: analyzing policy, perceptions and practices through additive bi/multilingual education lens. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 1-17. doi:10.1080/13670050.2015.1080659
  • Manan, S. A., & Mehmood, T. (2015). Culture and critical thinking in classroom: Narratives from university students in Pakistan. ELK Asia Pacific Journal of Social Sciences, 1(3), 110 - 134. doi: 10.16962/EAPJSS/issn.2394-9392/2014
  • Manan, S. A., & Channa, L. A. (2015). Significance of critical applied linguistics for applied linguists and English teaching professionals in Pakistan. BUITEMS Journal of Social Sciences, 1(2), 70-89.
  • David, M. K., Hei, K. C., Dumanig, F. P., & Manan, S. A. (2015). Crossing Disciplines—transferring knowledge in the reading classroom. Journal of Teaching and Research in English Literature, 6(4 April-June).
  • Channa, L. A., & Manan, S. A. (2015). Developing Pakistani university students’ English proficiency: A five-point agenda for the Pakistani language policymakers. BUITEMS Journal of Social Sciences, 1(2), 70-89.
  • Manan, S. A., & David, M. K. (2014). Mapping ecology of literacies in educational setting: The case of local mother tongues vis-à-vis Urdu and English languages in Pakistan. Language and Education, 28(3), 203-222. doi:10.1080/09500782.2013.800550
  • David, M. K., & Manan, S. A. (2014). Non-Malaysian languages in the linguistic landscape of Kuala lumpur. LINGUAPAX Review of Educational Research, 2.3, 14-24.

 Book chapters:

  • Manan, S. A., M. K. D., Liaquat Ali Channa and Francisco Perlas Dumanig (in press). The monolingual bias: a critique of idealization and essentialization in ELT in Pakistan. In N. Rudolph, A. F. Selvi, & B. Yazan (Eds.), The Complexity of Identity and Interaction In Language Education. Bristol Multilingual Matters.
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., & Dumanig, F. P. (2019). Linguistic-diversity-as-a-problem versus linguistic-diversity-as-a-resource: a critique of language policies in Pakistan. In S. C. Lah & R. A. R. Ramakrishna (Eds.), The World Mosaics of Linguistics, Literature and Culture: Accepting Differences, Embracing Diversity. Penang, Malaysia: Universiti Sains Malaysia.
  • David, M. K., & Manan, S. A. (2019). Language Revitalisation without Language Transmission: Activism of the Sindhi Diaspora. In M. Barrieras & C. Ferrerós (Eds.), Transmissions: Estudis sobre la transmissió lingüística (pp. 159-178): Eumo Editorial.
  • Manan, S. A., David, M. K., & Dumanig, F. P. (2016). English Language Teaching in Pakistan: Language Policies, Delusions and Solutions. In R. Kirkpatrick (Ed.), English Language Education Policy in Asia (Vol. 11, pp. 219-244): Springer International Publishing.


  • Manan, S. A., & David, M. K. (2012). Imagining Threats to the Linguistic and Cultural Diversity: A Critique of Language Policy and Planning In Pakistan. Paper presented at the International Conference on Linguistics, Literature and Culture (November 7-9, 2012), University Sains Penang Malaysia.
  • David, M. K. & Manan, S. A. (2012). Language-in-education and human rights: the case of non-elite English-medium schools in Pakistan. Paper presented at IALL’s 13th International Conference on Language Law "Language Rights, Inclusion and the Prevention of Ethnic Conflicts (December 13-17, 2012), Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • David, M. K. & Manan, S. A. (2016). National Languages – Medium of Instruction – Empowerment or Disempowerment? Paper presented at International Conference on Language Policy in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings (February 8-11, 2016), Mandalay, Myanmar.
  • Manan, S. A. (2017). A Problematic Encounter—Students Negotiating Language(s) in the Classroom. Paper presented as a panelist at the Language and Learning Conference (SAHE), (May 19-20, 2017), Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Manan, S. A. (2017). Language-in-education policy and practices in Balochistan. Paper presented (as panelist at the Provincial round table conference on language policy and practices (SAHE), (September 11, 2017), Quetta, Pakistan.
  • Manan, S. A. (2017). Mother tongue based education: analysis of problems and prospects. Paper presented as invited speaker in International Pashto Conference (Pashto Academy), (September 21-23, 2017), Quetta, Pakistan.
  • Manan, S. A. (2017). Language Policy and Planning in Pakistan: Rhetorics and realities (as a panelist). Paper presented as a panelist in International Conference on Language and Literature (USICOLL-2017), (November 6-8, 2017), University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan.   
  • David, M. K. & Manan, S. A. (2018). Language Policy and Sustainability of Languages: Focus on Malaysia, Pakistan and Ukraine. Paper presented at the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics International Conference (MAALIC), Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya (December 3-4, 2018), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Manan, S. A. (2019). Breaking from status maintenance syndrome: applied linguists’ role in language revitalization. Paper presented as a plenary guest speaker at the 1st LUAWMS International Conference on Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, (January 28-29, 2018), Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan