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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
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5727


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

More than twenty-five years experience teaching Arabic Literature (Classic and Modern) as well as Arabic Language Courses (all levels).  My role as the coordinator for the Semitic Languages Program: Arabic and Hebrew Language courses includes both academic and administrative tasks. Over the years, I have advocated for the addition of a variety of new courses including Modern Arabic Fiction and Arabic Women Writers as well as separate Heritage Language classes. 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 offered at Concordia University. 

My extensive experience brought me to Concordia University more than ten years ago. Prior to that, I worked at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario as well as at Middlebury College in Vermont. In addition to that, I have taught both Arabic and English as Foreign Languages at Alexandria University. My research interests are in the field of teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language as well as Arabic Culture and Identity. Currently, my research topics include heritage language education, language and identity, and second language acquisition.


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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