Staff > Dr. Ishamina

Dr. Nurul Amal Ishamina Athirah Muntassir (Gardiner)

English, Lecturer

Office 17, 3rd floor, Language Centre / University Technology Hub (UTH) building ishamina.muntassir@ubd.edu.bn +673 2463001 ext. 2536

Academic Backgrounds


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (2017)

  • MA English Language and Linguistics, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

  • BA English Language Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Teaching Areas


  • LE-1503: Academic Reading and Writing Skills
  • LE-2503: Academic Report Writing and Presentation Skills
  • AN-3306: History of English (FASS, UBD)
  • English Language communication skills
  • English Language pronunciation

Research Areas


  • Intelligibility in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)

  • Phonetics and Phonology

  • English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

  • Pronunciation teaching

  • Asian Englishes

  • Global Englishes

  • The languages of Brunei

Gardiner, I. A., & Deterding, D. (2020). The features of Asian Englishes: Phonology. In K. Bolton, W. Botha, & A. Kirkpatrick (Eds.), The Handbook of Asian Englishes (pp. 189–207). Wiley-Blackwell.

Gardiner, I. A. (2019). Intelligibility of an L2 variety in ELF interactions: Brunei English and vowel pronunciation. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 5(2), 247–268.  https://doi.org/10.1075/jslp.17049.gar

Gardiner, I. A., & Deterding, D. (2019). Language selection and assessment in Brunei Darussalam. In F. Fang & H. P. Widodo (Eds.), Critical perspectives on Global Englishes in Asia: Language policy, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment (pp. 45–63). Multilingual Matters.

Gardiner, I. A., Deterding, D., & Yabit Alas. (2019). The pronunciation of Dusun. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 19, 14–21.

Gardiner, I. A., Boye, S., Salleh, S. M., & Yusof, N. (2018). English teacher preparation in Brunei Darussalam: An overview of the Master of Teaching programme from multiple perspectives. In S. Zein & R. Stroupe (Eds.), English Language teacher preparation in Asia: Policy, research and practice (pp. 129–149). Routledge.

Deterding, D., & Gardiner, I. A. (2018). New pronunciation en route to World Englishes. In O. Kang, R. I. Thomson, & J. M. Murphy (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary English Pronunciation (pp. 218–231). Routledge.

Gardiner, I. A., & Deterding, D. (2017). Pronunciation and miscommunication in ELF interactions: an analysis of initial clusters. In J. Jenkins, W. Baker, & M. Dewey, The Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca (pp. 224–232). Routledge.

Ishamina, A., & Deterding, D. (2017). English Medium Education in a university in Brunei Darussalam: Code-switching and intelligibility. In B. Fenton-Smith, P. Humphreys & I. Walkinshaw (Eds.), English Medium Instruction in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific: From policy to pedagogy (pp. 281–298). Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-51976-0_15

Deterding, D., & Ishamina, A. (2017). Brunei Malay. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 47(1), 99–108. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025100316000189.          

Ishamina Athirah (2016). The role of fast speech in misunderstandings in Brunei English. In Noor Azam Haji-Othman, J. McLellan & D. Deterding (Eds.), The use and status of language in Brunei Darussalam: A kingdom of unexpected linguistic diversity (pp. 41–56). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0853-5_5.

Ishamina Athirah (2016). TH in misunderstanding in Brunei English. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 16, 1–7.

Ishamina Athirah & Deterding, D. (2015). The role of noun phrases in misunderstandings in Brunei English in ELF settings. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 4(2), 283–308. DOI: 10.1515/jelf-2015-0021.

Ishamina Athirah (2015). Listener pronunciation in misunderstandings in international communication. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 15, 26–35.

Ishamina Athirah (2011). Identification of Bruneian Ethnic Groups from their English Pronunciation. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 11, 37–45.

Ishamina Athirah (2015). The Pronunciation of TH Sounds in Misunderstandings in Brunei English. Paper presented at the 18th English in Southeast Asia Conference (ESEA-18): Interactions of English and other languages in Southeast Asia. Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei. November 2015.
Gardiner, I. A. (2019). Student perspectives of English Medium Instruction (EMI) in Brunei: Attitudes towards language use in the classroom. Paper presented at the 20th English in Southeast Asia Conference (ESEA): Re-thinking Paradigms and Approaches to Researching, Teaching and Learning English. Raffles Town Club, Singapore. 6th – 7th December 2019.

International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Wiley)

Language Teaching Research (Sage)

Christine Lewis (PhD in Applied Linguistics) –  “Word stress in non-native English: Evidence from English as a Lingua Franca” (Main Supervisor).

Intensive English Language programmes

Editorial services such as proofreading and translating