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Rasha El Hawari, PhD

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

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 "Evaluation of Learner Attitude to Language Learning: A Study of Learner Attitude to Arabic As A Foreign Language"

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).
Thesis Title: Testing Reading Skills in Post Graduate Medical Courses

BA in English Language and Literature

English Department, Faculty of Arts,

Alexandria University, Egypt (4 year degree)

I am responsible for coordinating the Semitic Languages Program: Arabic language and Literature courses and the Hebrew Language courses. I teach Arabic Language Courses (all levels) and the Modern Arabic Literature courses.

I received my Ph.D. in Arabic/Applied Linguistics from Alexandria University, Egypt in 2005 and the title of my thesis was "Evaluation of Learner Attitude to Language Learning: A Study of Learner Attitude to Arabic As A Foreign Language". I obtained my M.A. from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in 1994.

I 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

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