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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Rasman is an LPDP-funded PhD Candidate at the Multilingualism and Language Education Group (MuLtiE) within the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, where he also serves as the Deputy Editor of Cambridge Educational Research e-Journal (CERJ) for 2023-2024. He also holds a position as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Language Education at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Rasman has a Master's degree (with Distinction) in TESOL from the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research is centred around translanguaging, multilingual education, identity, and language-in-education policy. He has published articles on these topics in international journals indexed by Scopus, such as the Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics and the Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, as well as written op-ed articles in leading media outlets, including The Jakarta Post and The Conversation. Additionally, he has a recent book chapter entitled "Constructing Translanguaging Space in EFL Classrooms in Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges" in the edited volume "Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Teaching Foreign Languages in Multilingual Settings: Pedagogical Implications," published by Multilingual Matters in 2022.


Rasman's research interests revolve around various aspects of language and education, including multilingual education, multilingual identity, translanguaging in education, and language-in-education policy. With a focus on understanding the ways in which different languages are used and integrated in educational settings, he is interested in exploring the complex relationships between language, culture, and identity, and how these factors can impact educational outcomes for students. Through his research, he seeks to promote more inclusive and effective approaches to language education that take into account the diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds of learners.


Key publications: 

Rasman, R., & Margana, M. (2022). Constructing translanguaging space in EFL classrooms in Indonesia: Opportunities and challenges. In A. Krulatz, G. Neokleous & A. Dahl (Eds.). Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Teaching Foreign Languages in Multilingual Settings: Pedagogical Implications (pp. 118-133). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Hajir, B., Rasman, R. & McInerney, W. W. (2022). Digital translanguaging and Arabic-English transliteration (Arabizi): Insights from Syria and Lebanon. Cambridge Educational Research e-Jounal, 9, 118-137.

Margana, M. & Rasman, R. (2021) Translanguaging and minoritized language maintenance: lessons from Indonesia. 3L; Language,Linguistics and Literature,The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 27(2), 1-15.

Rasman, R. (2021). Motivational currents of Indonesian postgraduate students studying abroad. International Journal of Language Education5(4), 296-308.

Rasman, R. (2018). To translanguage or not to translanguage? The multilingual practice in an Indonesian EFL classroom. Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics7(3), 687-694.

Rasman, R. (2018). Overseas teaching experience and motivational currents: The case of EFL pre-service teachers in Indonesia. Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics8(2), 429-440.

Other publications: 

Rasman, R. (2023, April 5). Unlocking the potential of multilingualism: The power of developing a multilingual identity. BERA Blog.

Rasman, R., Nastiti, R. & Derin, T. (2023, February 21). Kunci memantik minat anak muda pada bahasa daerah? Yakinkan mereka bahwa identitas multibahasa adalah aset [The key to sparking young people's interest in local languages? Convince them that a multilingual identity is an asset]. The Conversation,

Linando, J. A., Halim, M., Rasman, R., & Arifin, A. H. (2022). Work flexibility arrangements for educators: which one is best for whom? Insights from Indonesia. International Journal of Educational Management36(6), 970-983.

Rasman, R. (2018). Demystifying teacher cognition-action divide: Unfolding teacher cognition through shared intentionality in a grammar microteaching session. The Asian EFL Journal, 20(7), 109-123.

Rasman, R. (2021, October 26). Why mixing languages can improve students’ academic performance. The Conversation.

Rasman, R. (2021, October 28). Commentary: Mixing languages in classrooms can boost academic performance. Channel NewsAsia.

Rasman, R. (2020, April 30). Why younger is not always better when it comes to learning English. The Conversation.

Rasman, R. (2018, November 30). What's the way forward for language policy in Indonesia? EFL Magazine.

Rasman, R. (2017, October 3). Youth pledge: One language, but don't stigmatize multilinguals. The Jakarta Post.

Rasman, R. (2017, January 9). Monolingual bias and English language education in Indonesia. The Jakarta Post.

Teaching and Supervisions


Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Language Education, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2020-Present)

PhD Candidate
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Downing College, University of Cambridge
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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.