Prof. Habibullah Pathan

Prof. Habibullah Pathan

Phone: +968 26850100 Extn: 683
Location: Suwaiq Building

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I am currently serving as a Professor (Research) in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at the Faculty of Language Studies, Sohar University, Sultanate of Oman. Prior to joining Sohar University in 2024, I held various academic and teaching positions, including Professor of TESOL and Director of the Centre of English Language and Linguistics at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in Jamshoro, Pakistan, from 2004 until early 2024. In addition to my teaching and supervisory roles, I am currently leading a research project as the Principal Investigator/Chief Researcher on language motivation, funded by RUDN University, Moscow (funding = 1,300,000 RUB), and serving as Co-Principal Investigator of the Humphrey Alumni Impact Awards on the project ‘The Society for Gender Equity in Linguistics-Pakistan’, funded by the US Government and administered by IIE and USEFP (funding = $10,000 USD). Recently, my team and I at Sohar University submitted a project proposal titled ‘Way Forward for Oman 2040 (Technical and Vocational Education)’. I have served as a Guest Editor of Russian Journal of Linguistics (Q1 ranked Journal).

I earned my Master’s degree (M.Ed. ELT) and PhD in Applied Linguistics from the prestigious Russell Group member university, the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. Following this, I conducted my postdoctoral research at the birthplace of Modern Linguistics and the world’s top-ranked university, the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. Notably, I had the privilege of working under the direct supervision of Prof. Noam Chomsky, renowned as the father of modern linguistics and one of the most influential intellectuals globally.

In 2015-2016, I underwent leadership development training through the esteemed Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship at Boston University, USA, focusing on higher education administration, policy, and planning. Additionally, I completed a seven-month certificate program in non-profit management and leadership at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University, USA, with a specific focus on studying US model universities. I have several research papers published in nationally and internationally renowned journals, and I have presented my research findings in conferences across the USA, UK, New Zealand, UAE, EURO ASIA, and Pakistan, often as an invited keynote speaker in the broader field of English Language Education. Noteworthy contributions include founding the first-ever research degree program and undergraduate program in language and linguistics at Mehran University, a historic milestone in the university’s 50-year history. I have also contributed extensively to academia through my roles on provincial and national curriculum review committees in Pakistan, serving as Chair of the Board of Studies at Mehran University, and holding board memberships at various other universities in Pakistan. Additionally, I supervise MPhil/PhD theses and serve as a member of advisory boards and a reviewer for various research journals in Pakistan and overseas. I authored a book titled ‘Indus Identity: A Study of Textbooks in Pakistan’, with two other books on ‘My Days with Noam Chomsky’ and ‘Language Motivation’ currently in the publication process. With support from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and my team, I established the first-ever Self Access Center at Mehran University, which serves as a hub for teacher training in computer-assisted language learning. In 2021, I was appointed as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee at the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan, tasked with overseeing the National Curriculum Renewal Process. Furthermore, in May 2022, sponsored by the National Academy of Higher Education, Higher Education of Pakistan, I was awarded the title of AFHEA in recognition of my adherence to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Learning Support in Higher Education. I also hold a membership in the Board of Governors at the Linguistic Association of Pakistan.​

I have a multidisciplinary approach focusing technology inegratgion, L2 Motivation, CDA and Corpus Linguistics.


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics/TESOL (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • M. Ed. ELT (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Postdoc (MIT, USA)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship, Boston University, USA)
  • Certificate Program in Non Profit Management and Leadership at Questrom School of Business (2015-2016)

Teaching Interest

  • ​Second Language Acquistion
  • Research Methods in language education
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Technology integration in TESOL

Research Interest

  • L2 Motivation​
  • Technology Integration in TESOL​
  • CDA​
  • Corpus Linguistics​


  • An exploratory study on the advantages and disadvantages of Open AI’s Chat GPT on HEI in Book Innovative Pedagogical Practices for Higher Education 4.0 Solutions and Demands of Modern Classroom (Taylor and Francis Publication)
  • A Paradigm Shift: Online Platforms with Innovaive Learning Environments in Book Virual Laboratories in Education: An Inside out View of Research and Innovations (Springer Publication)
  • Variety and functional diversity of modern discourse in cognitive perspective. YN Ebzeeva, MI Solnyshkina, H Pathan – Russian Journal of Linguistics, Dec 2023 (Scopus Indexed)
  • Unveiling Self Identity of Teachers: A critical Discours Analysis of Perception and Interpretation of Selected Poems of Rupi Kau’s Homebody. Pathan H (2024). World Journal of English Language (Scopus Indexed)
  • An Interaction Between Language Identity, Pedagogy and effects on languages. A case study. 2024. Forum for Linguistic Studies (Scopus Indexed).
  • Analyzing Deep Learning Based Mobile Environment in the HEI. Pathan, H. 2024. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies. (Scopus Indexed)
  • Relationship Between Teachers’ Motivation, Professional Development and Mobile Technology Integration in Language Learning. Pathan H. (2024). International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies. (Scopus Indexed)
  • Online teaching benefits and challenges during pandemic COVID-19: a comparative study of Pakistan and Indonesia. Pathan H., ​(2022). Asian Education and Development Studies (Scopus) 10.1108/AEDS-08-2020-0189​
  • Influence of Mother Tongue on English Writing: An Error-analysis Study about Grade 9 Students in Pakistan. Pathan H., (2022). 3L (Scopus)
  • Learner’s Autonomy in a Weblog-Mediated ESL Class in PakistanThaheem, S.K. Pathan, H. Abidin, M.J.Z. Mirza, Q. (2022). Innovative Education Technologies for 21st Century Teaching and Learning, 2021, pp. 59–74 (Taylor and Francis)
  • Customization and Validation of a Scale Measuring Second Language Teachers’ Motivation for Professionalization. Pathan H (2022) TESOL International (Scopus Indexed)

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