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Dr Sharifah Fauziah Hanim Syed Zain, She holds a Bachelor in Education, for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Moray House College of Education, Scotland in 1990. She started her career as an English teacher in Sekolah Menengah Putri Jaya, KL in 1990 to 1997 where she also taught Geography and Moral Education. She was also given the responsibility of a school counselor for a few years. She later joined Taylor’s College, School of Hospitality & Tourism (TCHT) from 1998 to 2001, teaching English to certificate to Higher Diploma level students. Through years of experience in the education sector, she played a major role in the development and improvement of the English proficiency amongst the students. She was instrumental in the development of foundation programme for the China students and the design of the Diagnostic Test prior to the students’ entry to the College. While in TCHT, she also conducted trainings in Hospitality English and Business Communication to working adults in the hotel sectors.

In December 2000, she completed her Master’s Programme in Thornewood University, Amsterdam (via distance learning), in which she was awarded Master in Arts in TESL. In 2001, she left TCHT and joined Smart Reader Worldwide as a trainer cum writer for the company. She conducted trainings for kindergarten principals, franchisees as well as primary and secondary school teachers in line with the company’s efforts to improve the English proficiency level among students in the rural areas. At the same time, she continued pursuing her research in education via the University’s Distance Learning Programme to obtain her PhD in TESL, which she earned in March 2002. She was later invited to become one of the consultants for a private company until March 2003 as an education consultant and the lecturer in charge of developing and enforcing the English programme.

Presently, she is a freelance trainer as well as helping some institutions in developing the English programmes and designing the syllabuses, modules and lesson plans as well as manuals. She also conducts TOEFL classes for students intending to pursue studies in the tertiary education overseas.