Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan Abdullah

Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan is a Professor at the School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. His research interests include ICT and English Language Education and, professional development and critical practices of teachers. He has published widely in his area of research in reputable journals such as TESOL Quarterly, British Journal of Educational Technology, Computer and Education, The Internet and Higher Education and Professional Development in Education.

Phone : 604 653 2966/ 6016 436 4272
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Qualifications : B.A.Ed.(Hons) (USM); M.Sc.TESL (UPM); Ph.D.TESL (UKM)
Expertise : Teaching Methods in English Language (TESL)
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Book Publication
  • Kabilan, M.K. & Vethamani, M.E. (Eds.) (2008). Qualitative Studies on English Language Teacher Development. PJ: SASBADI-MELTA ELT SERIES.
  • Vethamani, M.E. & Kabilan, M.K. (Eds.) (2008). Practices and Issues in English Language Teacher Development. PJ: SASBADI-MELTA ELT SERIES.
  • Mohamed Amin., E., Kabilan, M.K., Norizan, A.R. (Eds.) (2008). Readings in Online Language Learning: Research & Practice. Shah Alam: Karisma Publications.
  • Kabilan, M.K., Too, W.K. & Widodo, H.P. (Eds.) (2012). ICT and ELT: Research & Practice in South East Asia. Penang: USM Press.
  • Kabilan, M.K. (Ed.) (2013). Pedagogies for creative and critical thinking in ELT. KL: August Publishing.
Journal Pulbication
  • Kabilan, M.K. (2005). Online professional development: A Literature Analysis of teacher competency. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 21(2): 51-57.
  • Kabilan, M.K. & Mohamed Amin, E. (2006). English language teachers' professional uses of e-mail. Teacher Development, 10(1): 87-103.
  • Kabilan, M.K. (2007). English language teachers reflecting on reflections: A Malaysian experience. TESOL Quarterly, 41(4): 681-705
  • Kabilan, M.K., Norlida, A. & Mohd. Jafre.Z.A. (2010). Facebook: An online environment for learning of English in Higher Education? The Internet and Higher Education, 13: 179-187
  • Kabilan, M.K., Fadzliyati, K. (2010). Engaging learners' comprehension, interest and motivation to learn literature using the reader's theatre. English Teaching: Practice & Critique, 9(3), 132-159.
  • Bani-Salameh, Z., Kabilan, M.K. & Salameh, L. (2011). Utilizing multimedia ESP program in measuring flight attendants' safety knowledge and problem solving skills. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(6), 1003-1015.
  • Kabilan, M.K., Wan Fara, W.A.& Mohamed Amin, E. (2011). Online collaboration of English language teachers for meaningful professional development experiences. English Teaching: Practice & Critique, 10(4), 94–115.
  • Kabilan, M.K. & Khan, M. (2012). Assessing pre-service English language teachers' learning using e-portfolios: Benefits, challenges and competencies gained. Computers and Education, 58, 1007-1020.
  • Kabilan, M.K. & Kasthury, V. (2013) Professional development needs of primary school English language teachers in Malaysia. Professional Development in Education. 39(3), 330-351.
  • Kabilan, M.K. (2013). A phenomenological study of an international teaching practicum: Pre-service teachers' experiences of professional development. Teaching and Teacher Education, 36, 198-209.
Conference Proceeding
  • Kamariah, A.B., Mohamed Amin E., Afendi H. & Kabilan, M.K. (2004). SMIT-TeReC: lifelong learning tool for science, mathematics and it teachers. Proceeding of the First Regional Continuous and Online Lifelong Learning for All (COLLA) Workshop, Putrajaya, 28-29 June.
  • Kabilan, M.K. & Mohamed Amin, E. (2004). Malaysian English language teachers' practices of online networking practices. Proceedings of the National Seminar on English Language Teaching, 250-261.
  • Ambigapathy, P., Kabilan, M.K.. & Sarjit, K. (2005). Introduction. In Ambigapathy Pandian, Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan & Sarjit Kaur (Eds.), Teacher, Practices and Supportive Cultures (pp. ix-xiii). Serdang: Universiti Putra Malaysia publisher.
  • Khan, M., Kabilan, M.K. & Norlida, A. (2008). Learning Experiences with Online Portfolios: A Study on Pre-service ESL Teacher Education in Malaysia. Proceedings of the 2nd INTERNATIONAL MALAYSIAN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONVENTION (IMETC 2008)
  • Kabilan, M.K., Hairul, N.I., Abdul Rashid, M. & Shuki, O. (2011). The impact of USM-Maldives international teaching practicum: Implication for teacher education. Prosiding Seminar Majlis Dekan, 1(1).
Academic Recognition
  • Most downloaded article in "EDUCATION" (ELSEVIER) for the year 2011: No. 8: "Facebook: An online environment for learning of English in Higher Education? Kabilan, M.K., Ahmad, N. & Abdin, M.J.Z. (2010). The Internet and Higher Education, 13(4), 179-187
Journal Editorial
  • English Teaching-Practice and Critique (since 2010) (ISI Journal)
  • Journal of Language Teaching and Research (since 2010)
  • Language Education in Asia (since 2013)
Keynote Speaker
  • LANGUAGE EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, TransWorld University, Douliu, Taiwan, 29th – 30th May, 2013. (Organzied by Department of Applied Foreign Languages & College of Management, TransWorld University, Taiwan).
  • SEMINAR ON LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING PRACTICES, UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PAHANG, 14 November 2013. (Organized by Centre for Modern Languages and Human Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Pahang).
Awards for Innovation
  • Sharifah Norhaidah Syed Idrus (Leader), Abdul Rashid Mohamed, Norizan Esa, Mohd. Ali Shamsuddin, Lee Lay Wah, Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan, Khairul Azhar Mat Daud & Md. Baharuddin Abdul Rahman. "STUDENTS ORIENTED LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – eSOLMS" SILVER awarded at the Malaysia Technology Expo 2009, Kuala Lumpur, 19-21 February.
  • Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan (Leader), Tan Kok Eng, Norlida Ahmad, Mohd. Jafre Zainol Abidin & Anna Christina Abdullah. "CHALLENGE". BRONZE awarded at the Malaysia Technology Expo 2011, Kuala Lumpur, 19-21 February.
  • Hairul Nizam Ismail (Leader), Mona Masood, AS Hardy, Mohd Ali Samsuddin, Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan, Lee Lay Wah, Sangeetha Surianarayanan & Zunairah Mokhtar. "My-PBS" SILVER awarded at the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2011, Kuala Lumpur, 20 – 22 May.

Professional Bodies

  • Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA). Life Member (Main Committee)
  • ASIA TEFL ( (member)
  • ASIA CALL ( (member)
  • International Literacy Research Unit, USM (member)