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Dr. Rasha El Hawari, PhD

Senior Lecturer of Arabic, Coordinator Semitic Languages Program, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics

Dr. Rasha El Hawari, PhD
Office: S-FB 1030-21 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5727
Website(s): Current CV


PhD, Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt.

MA, English Language Teaching
Centre for Applied Linguistics (formerly CELTE), Warwick University, United Kingdom.

Diploma in Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Institute of Applied Linguistics and Translation; Alexandria University, Egypt (2 years postgraduate degree).

BA in English Language and Literature

English Department, Faculty of Arts,

Alexandria University, Egypt (4 year degree)

I teach Arabic Language Courses (all levels) as well as  Modern Arabic Literature courses.  My role as the coordinator for the Semitic Languages Program: Arabic and Hebrew Language courses includes both academic and administrative tasks. I continuously update and build up the program (plan courses, monitor needs and demands etc.) as well as ensure the academic success of the courses we offer at Concordia University. 

My extensive experience in teaching Arabic as a Foreign language started more than 25 years ago. I have taught at Alexandria University, as well as at Middlebury College in Vermont.  I have also worked at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario before coming to Concordia University. My research interests are in the field of Arabic Culture and Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. Currently, my research topics include language and identity, second language acquisition and  heritage language education.


I am a native bilingual speaker of both Arabic and English, and a fluent speaker of French. I also have basic communication skills in German.

Teaching activities

Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Department of Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Middlebury Arabic Summer School, Teaching Intermediate Class (level 2), Middlebury- Vermont, USA

Book Publications

Teaching Arabic as a Heritage Language; Publisher : Routledge;  2020

A resource for instructors, researchers, and students in the fields of TAFL and TASOL, as well as linguists interested in Heritage language learning and teaching.

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