Dr Subhan Zein

PhD in Linguistics (ANU), MA in TESOL (Canberra), I-CELT (Cambridge), BA in English (UIN Jakarta), Diploma in Arabic (Al Manar Jakarta)
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: (02) 6125 4430

Research interests

  • Language policy
  • Language education
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Language in Indonesian society, politics, and culture



Subhan Zein, PhD is the author of Language Policy in Superdiverse Indonesia (Routledge, 2020), English as a subject in basic education (ESBE) in ASEAN: A comparative study (British Council, 2022), and Country profiles: English as a subject in basic education (ESBE) in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: Recommendations for policy and research (British Council, 2022).

He is Asia TEFL Director of Research Publications and Principal Investigator of the British Council’s English across ASEAN Education Systems Scoping Research (2020-2021). He has been awarded Australia's Best Researcher in English Language and Literature.

Subhan is the lead editor of English for Young Learners in Asia: Directions for Teacher Education (Routledge, 2022), Early Language Learning Policy in the 21st Century: An International Perspective (Springer, 2021), Early Language Learning and Teacher Education: International Research and Practice (Multilingual Matters, 2019) and English Language Teacher Preparation in Asia: Policy, Research and Practice (Routledge, 2018), and he is also the editor of Teacher Education for English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectives from Indonesia (Routledge, 2018). His works have appeared in refereed journals including Language Teaching, Professional Development in Education, Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics Review, and International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education. He has been invited to deliver featured, plenary, and keynote speeches at international conferences and research summits including those in China, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Ireland, Singapore, and Turkey. 

Prior to this second teaching stint at ANU, Subhan taught English and courses in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in a number of institutions including Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, University of Canberra, Trinity College – The University of Melbourne, and the University of Queensland. Overall, he has taught a body of students from 90 countries, including local Australians, Indonesians, international students, migrants, and refugees. He has won teaching awards including Teaching Excellence and has maintained an average course satisfaction rate of 89% throughout his professional career.  

Subhan has only contributed to research grant applications in the past 2 years, taking the role of either Principal Investigator or Research Hub Coordinator. His contributions have led to 100% success rate of obtaining competitive research funding, with 3 funding granted in the total amount of £ 388,637 (A $ 699,546.6).

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