My area of specialization is Arabic applied linguistics with a focus on second language
acquisition and foreign language teaching methodology. My research interests center on task-
based language teaching, peer interaction in foreign language classrooms, and the use of the
first language in second language learning. Currently, I am writing a paper that studies peer
interaction within the context of the Arabic heritage and second language learners’ language
classroom as well as their motivation, expectations, and engagement in learning Arabic.
Additionally, my research focuses on language and identity in the Middle East. While at UW, I received the Naficy Scholarship in Persian Studies for 2018 and I am a nominee for the University of Washington’s Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA) for 2019.
My thesis is about achieving communicative competence in Arabic through the integration of
Modern Standard Arabic and dialects in teaching Arabic as a foreign language curriculum in