Kirtipur, Kathmandu

Dr. Kamal Kumar Poudel


A PhD in functional linguistics from TU, Prof. Kamal Kumar Poudel (PhD) is a Professor in English Education, and has had an experience of 26 years in teaching linguistics, ELT and research methodology courses to graduate and post-graduate students of education, and chiefly in researching at CERID for the last 2 years. He has also developed need-and-skill-based courses in the English language during his service at Mahendra Ratna Multiple Campus (MRMC), Ilam (2052-2070 B. S.) and Mahendra Ratna Campus (MRC), Tahachal, Kathmandu (2070-2078 B. S.). Within this period, he underwent a tenure as the Assistant Campus Chief and, thereafter, as the Head of the Department (HOD) of English Language Education at MRMC, Ilam.  Moreover, he has had considerable experience and expertise in ELT-specific as well as generic trainings for teachers and researchers-teachers of higher education on writing and publication (see ‘Experiences’ section for details). He is also the author of dozens of works – research reports, articles and book chapters - related to these fields, and has got published both nationally and internationally from noted ranked journals and publishers (see ‘Publication’ section for details). He is currently working at CERID as the Principal Investigator (PI) of Pedagogical Inputs through Online Mode and their Effects on Students’ Achievement in the Context of COVID 19 Pandemic: A Case of Higher Education Institutions in Nepal, a national priority area research project signed with T. U., Office of the Rector, Research Directorate (see ‘Experience’ section for details). Besides, he is the coordinator of the Journal Publication Committee formed at CERID and a nominated member of TU, Office of the Rector, Council for Research and Development, representing CERID. He was awarded the Raja Roy Singh Prize for the year 2080 B. S. by CERID in recognition of his excellence in research and institutional performance.

Upper four qualifications; latest first

SN Institution Degree/Level Year Major/Specialization Subject(s)
i. TU PhD 2077 (2021) Functional linguistics (Title: Bussiness-Situated Oral Nepali Explored Through English-Based Functional Concepts: Implications for Language Teaching)
ii. TU, Kirtipur M.Ed. 2051 (1994) English Education
iii. TU, Kirtipur B.Ed. 2048 (1991) English Education; Nepali Education
iv. TU, MRM Campur, Ilam I.Ed. 2044 (1988) English Educatio; Social Studies

Employment record (relevant only; latest first)

From            To               Designation               Institution                     Assignments                    Type of employment                     Nature of employment

2080/11/08    To date        Professor                   CERID, TU                    Research (PI), journal publication (coordinator)                    Permanent    Full-time

2073/10/03    2080/11/07   Reader (continued)      MR Campus, Tahachal    Teaching                    Permanent    Full-time

2072/12/10    2073/10/02   Reader (started)          MRM Campus, Ilam       Teaching                    Permanent    Full-time

2070/10/21    2072/12/09   Lecturer (continued)    MR Campus, Tahachal    Teaching                    Permanent    Full-time

2058/03/03    2070/10/20   Lecturer (continued)    MRM Campus, Ilam       Teaching and Administration (ACC & HOD)                    Permanent    Full-time

2053/02/02    2058/03/02   Teaching Assistatn      MRM Campus, Ilam       Teaching                    Temporary    Full-time

I. International category

SCImago Ranked /Impact factor

  • Poudel, K. K & Sharma, N. P. (2019). "Who Bothers!” A common ailment in higher education ELT classrooms in Nepal. English Language Teaching, 12(8), 1-13.
  • Adhikari, B. R. & Poudel K. K. (2020). Approaches and activities adopted by M. Ed. student teachers of English to teach reading: A critical assessment. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 11(3) 364-372.
  • Luitel B. & Poudel, K. K (2021). English as a career subject in Nepal: Expectations, achievements and reflections. English Language Teaching 14 (5) 30-40. doi: 10.5539/elt.v14n5p30
  • Kunwar R., Shrestha, A. K., Poudel, K. K. & Phuyel S. P. (2023). Head teachers’ perceptions about time spent on teaching and learning: A context from Nepal. Nurture 17(3), 325-334.
  • Luitel, B., Poudel, K. K., Sharma, U. N., & Karki, T. M. (2023). Uses of the first language in the English as a foreign/second language classroom: Teachers’ views and arguments. TEFLIN Journal34(2), 245–263.


  • Poudel, K. K. (2017). The metapedagogic function of language: Language for language teaching (Cases from the Nepalese context). Research in Pedagogy, 7(2), 239-253.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2018). Transforming foreign language grammar classes through teacher training: An experience from Nepal. World Journal of Education, 8(1), 86-99.
  • Poudel, K. K. & Acharya H. P. (2019). Context in oral communication: What would be the pedagogic implications? Budapest International Research and Critics in Linguistics and Education (Birle-) Journal 2(4), 1-12. 
  • Kunwar, R., Poudel, K. K. & Shrestha, A. K. (2020). Online education as a new paradigm for teaching and learning in higher education in Nepal: Issues and challenges. Global Scientific Journal, 8(8), 8-19.
  •  Poudel, K. K., Acharya, K. & Sharma, N. (2021). Linguistic aesthetics in the market: Evidence from Oral Business Nepali, Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 8 (2), 65-76.
  • Poudel, K. K. & Thapa R. B. (2022). Inadequate grammatical proficiency of B. Ed. English majors: Claims and confessions, Education Quarterly Reviews, 5 (4), 382-392. 10.31014/aior.1993.05.04.671
  • Sharma, N.P. & Poudel, K. K. (2021). Levels of behavior: Do we Really Test Higher Skills at Higher Levels? World Journal of Educational Research, 8 (1), 94-106.
  • Shrestha, A. K., Phuyel, S. P. & Poudel, K. K. (2020). Vote Shifting Patterns: Comparative Cases from the Constituent Assembly  Elections in Nepal. Journal of Social and Political Sciences, 3 (1), 1-12. DOI: 10.31014/ aior.1991.03.01.141

II. National category

Research-based: peer-reviewed

  • Poudel, K. K. (2016). B.Ed. first year students' expectations implied in learning English. Education and Development, 27, 146-155.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2016). Reasons for learning English: A context of Nepalese higher secondary education. Discovery Dynamics 3(1), 1-11.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2017). Functions of language: A historical perspective and the Nepalese context. Nepalese Linguistics, 32, 57-66.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2018). Mother tongue-based early education in Nepal: Policy, provisions, programmes and practices. Research Journal, 5(1), 91-102.
  • Poudel, K. K. & Sharma, N. P. (2020). Major Tendencies of Lexical Borrowing from English to Oral Business Nepali: Implications for Translators and Language Teachers. Researcher, 4(2), 1-11.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2020). Functional Analysis of ‘Teacher English’ Used by Content-subject Teachers: A Case Study. Journal of NELTA, 25 (1-2), 117-135.
  • Devkota, K. R., Poudel, K. K. & Sigdel, J. (2021). Covid-19 situated vocabulary development in EFL/ESL learners: Context and strategies, Education and Development, 31, 67-85.
  • Poudel, K.K. (2022). Major notational symbols proposed for analyzing oral business Nepali: A functional perspective, 35, 86-91.
  • Poudel, K.K. (2022). Practices of deduction and induction in the ELT classroom: A case study. Kankai Journal, 2(1), 1-11. DOI:
  • Sharma, N. P. & Poudel, K. K. (2022). On the role of scorers in curbing examination malpractices, NUTA Journal, 9 (1&2), 84-90.
  • Poudel, K. K., Devkota, K. R. & Luitel B. (2023). Collecting Field-Based Oral Language Data: Experiences and Reflections, Education Quarterly, 4 (1), 31-42.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2022). “A Bridge to Bachelors'” as a Project Product, Shikshak Journal, 15 (1), 93-103.


  • Poudel, K. K. (2017). Tool-making industry in the translation class. Shikshak Journal, 12 (1), 20-29.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2018). The flavor of Nepali in academic texts translated into English. Nepalese Translation, 2, 13-21.
  • Sharma, N. P. & Poudel, K. K. (2019). Not satisfied with the scores! Reflections on the scoring practices of English Language Education. Pragyaratna, 3 (1) 85-88.

Books/book chapters

  • Poudel, K. K. (2019). Nativizing English as a foreign language with local linguistico-cultural expressions: Classroom applications and wider implications. In Welch (Ed.) Foreign language teaching and learning: New research. Nova Press: New York.

Research reports

  • Poudel, K. K. (2016) Glocalization of English vis-à-vis Nepali linguistico-cultural expressions: Classroom and beyond (Mini- research report). Research Management Cell, Mahendra Ratna Campus, Tahachal, Kathmandu (Funded by Mahendra Ratna Campus, Tahachal, Kathmandu).
  • Luitel, B, et. al. (2017). Study on language of reading instruction: Parents and community attitudes, language use in instruction, and teacher assignment. Dynamic Institute of Research and Development, Anamnagar, Kathmandu (submitted to Research Triangle International/EGRP USAID).
  • Giri, S. et. al. (2021). DLI 3.2 TST Enhancing monitoring system operational in 15% of all community schools. T. U. Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID), Balkhu, Kathmandu (submitted to MoEST Centre for Education and Human Resource Development)
  • Poudel, K. K. , Adhikari, B. R. & Atreya, H. R. (2022). Oral English for Students, Teachers and Presenters (Final Report). Submitted to Mahendra Ratna Campus, Tahachal, Kathmandu.
  • Poudel, K. K. & Acharya, K. P. (2022). Workshop on doctoral (Ph.D.) supervision (Final report). (Organized and Conducted by T. U. Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education, Balkhu, Kathmandu, Nepal, dated Shrawan 22-23, 2079 B. S./August 7-8, 2022)
  • Acharya, K. P., Poudel, K. K. & Ghimire, C. K. (2022). A Qualitative Study on the One-year B. Ed. Prgoramme of Tribhuvan University: Exploring Evidence for Policy Implications. Submitted to Tribhuvan University, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Education.
  • Poudel, K. K. (2023). English as a career subject in Nepal: Expectations, achievements and reflections (A mini-research report). Submitted to RMC, Mahendra Ratna Campus, Tahachal, Kathmandu.