I am professor of Arabic and literature, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. I'm teaching Arabic as a foreign language since 1993 in ILI (International language institute) and AUC (The American univ. in Cairo). I am teaching Modern Standard Arabic for all levels. My dialect is Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. I am the author of a series of books for teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language entitled: Mastering Arabic through Literature.
1. Analysing the Narrative Text: Ibn Arabi’s Ma’aaridj (ascensions) as an Example. Cairo: Egyptian Book Organisation, 1998.
2. The Body in Contemporary Arabic Novels: A Heuristic/Pilot Study. Critical Writings Series. Cairo, 2004.
3. The Modern Contemporary Egyptian Narrative: Vision and Techniques. Critical Writings series, Cairo, 2011.
4. Mastering Arabic Through Literature; The Short Story, Al-Ruba. Vol.1, (Co-authored with Iman Soliman). Cairo: AUC Press, 2014.
5. Mastering Arabic Through Literature; The Theatre, Al-Ruba Vol.2, (Co-authored with Iman Soliman). Cairo: AUC Press, 2016.
6. Other Walks in the Fictional Woods. Cairo: The Egyptian Lebanese Publishing House, 2017.
1. Member of the Egyptian Society for Literary Criticism.
2. Member of the International Conference for Literary Criticism organising committee.
3. Member of the consultation board of the Department of Arabic and Translation, The American University in Cairo.
2001 Ph.D. in Literary Criticism, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University (ASU) Faculty of Arts. Title of thesis: The Body in Contemporary Arabic Novels: Positionality, Expression, and Concept.
1995 MA in Literary Criticism, ASU Faculty of Arts. Title of thesis: Ibn Arabi’s Ma’aaridj [ascensions into Heaven] and Tanzzulat [descents from Heaven].
1993 A training course in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL), International Language Institute (ILI), Cairo
1988 An Honours BA in Arabic Language and Literature, ASU Faculty of Arts.
2015-2017 Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, ASU Faculty of Arts.
2015-2017 Chief editor of the Annals of ASU Faculty of Arts.
2014 Professor of Modern Criticism and Arabic Literature, ASU Faculty of Arts.
2008 Associate Professor of Modern Criticism and Arabic Literature, ASU Faculty of Arts.
2011-2012 Director of the ASU Humanities and Futuristic Studies Center.
2004-2011 Part-time and then full-time Arabic as a Foreign Language Instructor, Arabic Language Institute (ALI), the American University in Cairo (AUC).
2003 Cultural officer at the Cairo office of the Bashrahil Award for Cultural Creativity.
2003-2004 Lecturer in Arabic Literature, the International Language Academy, Cairo.
2003- Literary terminologist, the Arabic Language Academy of Cairo.
2001-2007 Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, ASU Faculty of Arts.
2001-2003 Part-time Lecturer in Arabic as a Foreign Language, International Admissions Department, Ministry of Higher Education, Cairo.
2001-2002 Part-time lecturer in Arabic Literature, Misr international University, Cairo.
1998- Subeditor on the Institute of Arab Studies Journal, Cairo.
1998-2004 Computer Instructor, ASU Faculty of Arts.
1996-2001MA-holding Teaching Assistant, Department of Arabic Language
and Literature, ASU Faculty of Arts.
1993-2000 Part-time Arabic as a Foreign Language Instructor, International Language Institute (ILI), Cairo.
1990-1996 BA-holding Teaching Assistant, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, ASU Faculty of Arts.
Teaching and training experience
1. Arabic as a Foreign Language
4. Literary theory
5. Applied linguistics
6. Language Skills
7. Modern Arabic Literature
8. Comparative Literature
9. Children's literature
10. Literary criticism
11. Text analysis
12. "Teaching Literature to Foreigners," a training program for Arabic teachers, Alexandria University and Ibn Haldoun University, Turkey
13. "Effective Teaching and the Integration of Teaching Skills," a training program for Arabic teachers, Brunei
14. "Formative Assessment," a training program for Arabic teachers, the Nile Egyptian Schools, Cairo
I believe that teaching and learning are two faces of the same coin; I learn from my students while teaching them. A good instructor has to be a good learner. After teaching thousands of students in more than twenty-five years, I have come to adopt the view that the teacher is a facilitator and that a course taught should accommodate the intellectual needs of the students. I am profoundly grateful for every opportunity to help learners shape their own intellectual makeup. It is my utmost delight to see them grow professionally and personally.
I work hard to kindle a spark of intellectual curiosity to stimulate my students' interest and to genuinely involve them in the process of learning.
In my teaching I am keen to be patient and to employ a diversity of materials, techniques, and input.
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