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Abdulkafi Albirini is an associate professor of linguistics and Arabic at Utah State University. His main areas of research and teaching include language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. He is the author of Modern Arabic Sociolinguistics (Routledge, 2016) and many articles on Arabic language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics.

Mufleh Al-Hweitat is an associate professor of medieval Arabic literature in the College of Languages at the University of Jordan–Aqaba, where he serves as the chairman of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature. His teaching and research interests include classical and modern Arabic poetry. He has published several articles about classical, medieval, and modern Arabic literature in many international peer-reviewed journals. He has extensive experience in curriculum design and curriculum development in the Ministry of Education in Jordan.

Mahmoud Ali teaches Arabic (MSA/Egyptian) and is pursuing a PhD in curriculum and teaching at the University of Kansas. He received an MA in linguistics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 2017. He studied English language and literature, German, and Arabic for his BA degree in his home country, Egypt. Mahmoud has worked as an English instructor at the Defense Language Institute (Egypt) and Al-Baha University (Saudi Arabia) and as an Arabic instructor at Ohio University. His research interests include speech assessment, pronunciation instruction and research, and psycholinguistics.

Roger Allen is a professor emeritus of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania. During his long and distinguished career, he has authored several books, dozens of articles, and numerous translations from modern Arabic literature. He is a past president of both the Middle East Studies Association and the AATA as well as a past associate and book review editor of Al-‘Arabiyya. He has made many significant contributions to Arabic pedagogy and served as an ACTFL National Trainer for proficiency in Arabic from 1986 to 2002. In 2014 he received AATA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Aman Attieh was born in Accra, Ghana, and completed most of her formal schooling in Lebanon, where she received a BA in English literature, a certificate in teaching English, and an MA in education from the American University of Beirut, after which she pursued a PhD in education at the University of Texas at Austin. With the exception of two years teaching education courses in Arabic at a women’s college in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, she has been involved in teaching and training Arabic as a foreign language since 1984 at the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Swarthmore College, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Her research interests focus on Arab education, Arabic language and cultural proficiency, and women’s issues. She currently serves as the AATA’s executive director.

Michael Grosvald is an assistant professor of linguistics at Qatar University. In addition to his home of North America, he has lived and worked in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East, serving as an instructor in mathematics, linguistics, and English as a second/foreign language. His research interests include psycholinguistics and the phonetics and phonology of spoken and signed languages.

Rachel Hayes-Harb is a professor of linguistics at the University of Utah, where she also serves as associate dean of undergraduate studies. Her research focuses on a variety of phenomena related to the acquisition of the phonology of a second language (L2) by adult learners, specifically the development of L2 phoneme inventories and L2 phonolexical structure. She is the editor in chief of Applied Psycholinguistics.

Sawad Hussain holds an MA in Modern Arabic literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She was the co-revising editor of the Arabic–English side of the 2014 Oxford Arabic Dictionary. She regularly translates and critiques Arabic literature. Her latest translation is Mama Hissa’s Mice, a Kuwaiti historical-fiction novel by Saud al-Sanousi, published in the fall of 2019. Her translation of Sahar Khalifeh’s Bab al-Saha will be released in the spring of 2020.

Tariq Khwaileh currently serves as chair of the Department of English Literature and Linguistics (DELL) at Qatar University. He received his PhD in 2011 from the University of Sheffield, UK, specializing in clinical linguistics and psycho/neuro-linguistics. He...


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