Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Shih May Tan

English Language Lecturer


Current role

  • Develop and deliver lessons for English for Foundation in Science, English for Medical Purposes and English for Health Sciences.
  • Provide one-to-one consultation sessions for all stages of MBBS and BMS students to enhance their spoken and written skills.
  • Develop and train NUMed Staff in Business English.
  • Translator/Interpreter for the Gynaecology Team in Hospital Sultan Ismail.


  • Masters in English as Second Language (MESL) - University of Malaya
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science (1st Class Honours) - University of Coventry 
  • Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - London Teachers Training College (LTTC)

Online Certification (MOOC) Obtained

  • Foundations of Psychology (RMIT University) 
  • Research Methods (University of London) 

Previous Positions

  • English Lecturer in Faculty of Medicine in University of Malaya
  • Founder/Principal for MY English Learning Centre.




My thesis was based on Hallidayan's Systemic Functional Linguistics approach in Computer Science Texts. 


My teaching responsibilities include:

1) English for Health Sciences MBBS and BMS Stage 1

2) English for Academic Purposes Foundation in Science

3) Interview Panel for Medical Student Interview

4) Role Player for Communications Module Stage 1 to Stage 5

5) Translator for NUMed ObGyn Team in Hospital Sultan Ismail

6) Language trainer for NUMed Staff Development Programme - English at Work