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Esther John Perry

Lecturer, School of Foundation Studies
BEd (Hons) (TESL) UM, MA (Literature) (UNIMAS)

School of Foundation Studies

Office No:+60 82 260 928
Room No: G204
Email: ejohnperry@swinburne.edu.my


Esther currently teaches Academic and Communication Skills Part A in the Foundation programme. 

Esther’s personal academic interests are in the area of second language acquisition (SLA) and cultural and gender studies. In particular, she is interested with the gender roles of the Iban community in Sarawak.

Research Interests

Cultural and Gender Studies, Popular Music, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Sociolinguistic

Research Grants & Projects

  • UNIMAS Smart Partnership Research Grant (2021-2023). Partners UNIMAS,Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM), Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya, Thailand, Thammasat University, Thailand & Universitas Pasundan, Indonesia)
  • Dayak Chair Research Grant UNIMAS (2020-2022)
  • Petronas-P Ramlee Research Grant (2021-2023)
  • MESTR STEAM Project Grant (2021)
  • MESTR STREAM Project Grant (2022)


Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Community Engagement Award (Highly Commended), Swinburne University

Professional Memberships

  • Sarawak Dayak Graduate Association (SDGA)
  • Sarawak Iban Writers Association (SIWA)
  • Dayak Alumni University of Malaya (PADUM)
  • Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA)

  • Publications


  • Book Chapter: Fung, C. Y., Su, S. I., Perry, E. J., & Garcia, M. B. (2022). Development of a Socioeconomic Inclusive Assessment Framework for Online Learning in Higher Education. In M. Garcia (Ed.), Socioeconomic Inclusion During an Era of Online Education (pp. 23-46). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-6684-4364-4.ch002
  • Journal Article: Collin Jerome, Esther John Perry & Ting, SH 2022 ‘Malaysian pop music in the minority language: a tool for forging unity and a common identity?’, International Journal of Social Science Research, vol. 4, no.1, pp. 401-413, <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/ijssr/article/view/17731>.
  • Journal Article: Collin Jerome, Ting Su-Hie & Esther John Perry, 2021 ‘Rethinking visions of ‘unity’ and ‘belonging’: insights into audience responses towards popular music of Malaysia’s indigenous ethnic communities – A case of Iban pop song’, Kajian Malaysia: Journal of Malaysian Studies, vol.40, no.1, pp 109-131, < http://web.usm.my/km/40(1)2022/KM40012022_6.pdf>.
  • Conference Proceeding: Esther John Perry 2019, ‘Gender stereotypes in Sea Dayak popular song lyrics’, The Asian Conference on Media, Communication and Film (MediAsia 2019), Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan 25-27 October 2019.
  • Conference Proceeding: Esther John Perry & Collin Jerome 2018, ‘Factors affecting students responses and stances towards literary texts in Malaysian ESL classrooms’, 10th Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literature and Cultures (MICOLLAC), Hatten Hotel, Malacca, 14-16 August 2018.
  • Conference Proceeding:Esther John Perry & Collin Jerome 2018, ‘Cultured or otherwise? Gender and sexuality in Iban contemporary songs’, 14th International Borneo Research Council Conference, Institute of Borneo Studies UNIMAS, Kuching, Sarawak 6-8 August 2018.
  • Conference Proceeding:  Esther John Perry & Collin Jerome 2017, ‘Examining Students responses to literary texts In the Malaysian ESL secondary school classrooms’, 26th MELTA International Conference, TH Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 28-30 August 2017.