Sonia Shiri

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Director of the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program

Dr. Sonia Shiri is Associate Professor, Middle East Language Programs Coordinator, and Director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining MENAS, Dr. Sonia Shiri coordinated the Arabic Program at the University of California, Berkeley, taught Arabic at Oxford University and held a Research Fellowship at the Center for Women and Gender at Stanford University. From 2009-2012, she acted as Senior Academic Director of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), overseeing curriculum development, program administration, and teacher training in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Oman.  During 2002-2005, she served as the Academic and Outreach Coordinator for the Berkeley Language Center. In 2007, Dr. Sonia Shiri received UC Berkeley’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Student Instructors” then CALICO’s “Access to Language Education Award... Read More

Riyad Al-Homsi

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Arabic Language Instructor
Riyad Alhomsi is a third year PhD candidate at the SLAT program (Second Language Acquisition & Teaching) at the University of Arizona. He is also an instructor of Arabic language at the Middle Eastern and North African Studies department at the University of Arizona. Previously, Riyad taught English at public and private universities in Syria from 2003-2011 and at the University of Arizona in 2013. From 2011-2013, he taught Arabic language at Manhattan College and Lehman College in NYC. He is currently teaching Arabic language at the University of Arizona. His research interest is technology integration and its effects on students' motivation, autonomous practices and language gains.

Muhammad Al-Khudair

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Arabic Language Instructor & Flagship Arabic Tutor

Previous Work Experience: Al-Khudair is currently an instructor of Arabic at the University of Arizona. He has taught at the University of Arizona since 2010. He worked as an English language instructor for Kalamoon University, Syria, 2006-2008. He also worked as an English language teacher for the Syrian Ministry of Education, 2002-2005. Al-Khudair was an English language teacher for private language schools in Syria for more than two years. He is also a sworn-in translator. Al-Khudair has a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a B.A. in English/Arabic Translation. In addition, he has done graduate level studies in language teaching.

Education: Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and B.A. in English/Arabic Translation

Mohamed Ansary

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Arabic Language Instructor

Mohamed Ansary is currently a lecturer of Arabic at the University of Arizona and an ACTFL-Certified OPI tester. He has been participating in programs for teaching Arabic in Egypt and abroad since 2007. In 2009 and 2010, Ansary worked at the Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS), a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In 2008 and 2009 he worked for Concordia Language Villages with high school students, where he collaborates annually with its workshops and webinars for k-12 teachers of Arabic in the USA. From 2012-2014, he was an adjunct lecturer in the Summer SWSEEL Program at Indiana University. He also worked as an instructor for the one-year study abroad programs in Egypt for the following universities: Utah University, Montana University, London University, Leeds University, Salford University and Westminster University. He worked as a visiting lecturer of... Read More

Hicham Assaoui

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Arabic Language Instructor
Hicham Assaoui is currently a PhD student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program with a minor in pedagogy and cognitive science. He is also a graduate teaching assistant in Arabic at the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. His research interests include, but are not limited to: Acquisition of Arabic as a second language, teaching Arabic as a foreign language, language pedagogy, Arabic dialects, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and sentence processing.

Mahmoud Shaaban Abdelsalam Azaz

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Assistant Professor of Arabic Language & Linguistics and Flagship Arabic Instructor

Dr. Mahmoud Azaz has just received his Ph.D. with Distinction from the Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (SLAT) Program at the University of Arizona in August 2014. He is an applied linguist and a researcher-practitioner whose research focuses on Arabic second language acquisition and pedagogy, Arabic verb morpho-semantics, Arabic psycholinguistics, Arabic historical sociolinguistics and translation studies. Two publications from his dissertation on the acquisition of Arabic and English noun phrase configurations are going to be under consideration very soon in the journals of Al-... Read More