Department of Modern Languages

About Us

The Department of Modern Languages has 22 qualified academic staff members consisting of lecturers with postgraduate qualifications and experiences from overseas (University of Edinburgh, Brandeis University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi) and local universities (Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Islamic International University Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi MARA). The members include 3 Ph.D degree holders and 19 Master’s Degree holders among whom several of them are currently at different stages of their Ph.D research.


Going across disciplines, the lecturers of DML are also highly versatile in that a number of them teach units in other disciplines for departments such as Department of Soft Skills Competency, Department of Game Studies and Department of Early Childhood Studies.


  • We organise talks twice a year. We usually invite senior lecturers from other universities to talk on their areas of expertise. This encourages research and also collaboration with other universities.
  • We organise an English Language event every year where students sing, read a poem, make a speech, tell jokes or act in a sketch. The idea is to have fun with English. At the same event, we award certificates to all the high achievers of the English units. This is to encourage the students to work hard and improve their English language skills.
  • We run a "Boost your English" programme for all students at UTAR who are struggling with the language. This remedial English programme also prepares the students for the MUET exam. We run it in the two long trimestres; January and May.

Our Mission

We are committed to achieving UTAR’s Vision of becoming a global university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact through:

  • Universal values in our beliefs
  • Tenacity in overcoming challenges
  • Agility in facing new frontiers
  • Responsibility in pursuit of excellence


We uphold the mission of the University by:

  • Enabling students to develop basic competencies and defined proficiency levels in both language and communication.
  • Helping students to prepare for the workforce through specialised units offered.
  • Providing students with the tools for understanding the diversity of human culture as represented in several of the world's languages.