Dr. Nurmala Elmin Simbolon

ROLE : Indonesia EC Lead Coordinator | EMI Research Lead Coordinator
EMAIL : n.simbolon@graduate.curtin.edu.au
INSTITUTION : Politeknik Negeri Pontianak

Nurmala Elmin Simbolon is a lecturer and researcher at Politeknik Negeri Pontianak. She earned her Doctoral degree at Curtin University, Australia. Her doctoral project focused on the implementation of English medium instruction (EMI) in Indonesian higher education. Currently, she teaches English at Politeknik Negeri Pontianak. She mostly teaches Academic and General Training IELTS speaking and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) such as Maritime English, English for Fisheries Industries. Her research interests include English medium instruction (EMI), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and Action Research.

What I'm Working On


Nurmala Elmin Simbolon is now working on a project proposal which focuses on the implementation of EMI classes in Indonesian higher education. The project, firstly, aims at capturing the current practice of EMI by the discipline lecturers and of teaching English at the Indonesian universities. From the figures, relevant support would be provided to help the university achieve the objectives of  EMI practice in terms of enhancing the university global profile.  In addition, Nurmala is in the process of designing a Maritime English course curriculum using a set of a simulator with several content specialists at her home university. The course especially is aimed at students who want to work at the global fishing vessels. Some of her publications include

Simbolon, N. E. , Oliver, R. & Mercieca, P. (Forthcoming).  Lecturers’ perceptions of English medium instruction (EMI) practice at a university in Indonesia. Journal of Social Science and Humanities (JSSH).

Simbolon, N. E. & Sadri (Forthcoming). CLIL practice in Maritime
English course: EFL student perception. EduLite: Journal of English, Education, Culture.

Simbolon, N. E. (2018). EMI in Indonesian Higher Education: Stakeholders’ Perspectives. TEFLIN Journal, 29 (1), 108-128. (http://journal.teflin.org/index.php/journal/article/view/583)

Watson, R., Simbolon, N., E., & Nuryatno, E. (2017). Users’ Perspectives in Good Clinical Practice (GCP): A case study of an Australian online training program. AMEE MedEdPublish (https://www.mededpublish.org)

Simbolon, N., E. (2017). Partial English Instruction in English Medium Instruction (EMI) practice: Perspectives from Lecturers in a University in Indonesia.  In J. Valcke & R. Wilkinson (Eds.), Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education: Perspectives on Professional Practice. (167-185). Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

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