Hussein Elkhafaifi


Hussein Elkhafaifi earned his MA and PhD in Arabic language and applied linguistics from the University of Utah. He has taught Arabic on all levels, as well as sociolinguistics; teaching Arabic as a second/Foreign language; Arab culture; media; and cinema. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College, the University of California at Berkeley and at Los Angeles, and at the University of Utah. He is currently Associate Professor of Arabic and Director of the Arabic Program at the University of Washington.

His research interests include applied linguistics, Foreign/Second language teacher training; Language politics and ideology, Arabic linguistics; and language culture and identity. He has published articles in Language Problems & Language Planning, The Modern Language Journal, al-Arabiyya, and Foreign Language Annuals, in addition to chapters in other scholarly publications. He has served on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic numerous times. He is also is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester through the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR).



Course List: 

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ARBC 6620 - History of the Arabic Language      

This course will focus on the development of the Arabic language from its origins to the present. Both internal and external history will be considered so that students acquire a firm grounding in the linguistic evolution of the language, coupled with an understanding of its development in relation to a range of social and cultural phenomena. Particular attention will be paid to aspects of Arabic linguistic variation across the Arab-speaking world, and regional variation among major Arabic dialects in the lexicon and grammar. Readings will consist of Arabic texts taken from a variety of sources, including print and non-print.

Required Texts:

The Arabic Language. Versteegh, Kees. Edinburgh University Press, 1997.

Modern Arabic, Revised Edition: Modern Arabic: Structures, Functions, and Varieties. Holes, Clive. Georgetown University Press, 2004. Linguistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ARBC 6692 - Teaching Methodology      

This course provides students with an understanding of basic principles of second/foreign-language acquisition and the theoretical underpinnings of commonly used language teaching methods. Additionally, students receive in-service training in teaching, in creating and adapting instructional materials, and in designing tests as well. Each week, the four daily meetings consist of lecture/discussions and a one hour practicum.

Required Texts:

Communicative Language Teaching in Action: Putting Principles to Work. Brandl, Klaus. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.

Teaching and Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language: A Guide for Teachers. Ryding, Karen. Georgetown University Press, 2013. Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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