Fotna Nagwa

Senior Instructor II
Department of English Language Instruction


Brief Biography

Nagwa Kassabgy is a graduate of AUC’s MATESOL Program and has been serving at AUC since 1993. She was the recipient of AUC’s Excellence in Teaching Award in June 2010, and the Excellence in Community-based Learning and Civic Engagement Award in May 2016. Over the years, she has served on a number of key departmental and university committees, including curriculum and assessment committees, and has done professional service to the community outside AUC, the most recent of which included designing and leading the ongoing TEFL teacher training program for the Egyptian Ministry of Education Maa’ssara district language teachers and the English for Special Purposes course for a group of Egyptian National TV employees, two joint projects with the ALA Academic Community Engagement Program. She participated in organizing three AUC international conferences, including the International Conference on Contrastive Rhetoric and the Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. 

  • Kassabgy, N., Bhambhani, V., Salah El Din, Y., Wachob, P. (2011). Responding to Writing.  In Chapter 11: Testing, Feedback and Evaluation. IATEFL 2010 Harrogate Conference Selections. Kent: IATEFL.

    Kassabgy, N. (2008). Spotlight on EgypTESOL. IATEFL Voices. July-August 2008, p:28.

    Kassabgy, N. (2008). The Day of the Earthquake. AUC Memories.

    Kassabgy, N. & Elshimi, A. (Eds.) 2007. Sustaining excellence in ‘Communicating  across the Curriculum: Cross-institutional experiences and best practices. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Kassabgy, N., Ibrahim, Z., & Aydelott, S. (Eds.) 2004. Contrastive Rhetoric: Issues, insights, and pedagogy. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.

    Ibrahim, Z., Kassabgy, N., & Aydelott, S. (Eds.) 2000. Diversity in language: Contrastive studies in English and Arabic theoretical and applied linguistics. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.

    Kassabgy, N. & Hassan, M. (2000). Relativization in English and Arabic: A bi- directional Study. In Z. Ibrahim, N. Kassabgy, & S. Aydelott (Eds.), Diversity in language: Contrastive studies in English and Arabic theoretical and applied linguistics (pp. 49-69). Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.

Research Interest

Her research interests include second language acquisition and service-learning. She has presented her action research at a number of international conferences, including the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), the international association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the First-Year Experience (FYE) Conferences. Her teaching interests are in using pedagogies of engagement, including community-based learning/service-learning.