Department of English Language Instruction


Brief Biography

Alexander Lewko is an instructor at the Department of English Language Instruction and is currently serving as the director of the Academic English for Graduates (AEG) program. He has taught at AUC since 2012 and has extensive experience teaching both the undergraduate and graduate Intensive English courses as well as the graduate-level 310 writing module. Alexander is currently president of NileTESOL, a professional association of English language teaching professionals based in Cairo, Egypt. He was co-chair of the 2016 NileTESOL Annual Conference and has served on the NileTESOL Board of Directors since 2014. He has presented at conferences in Egypt, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.


  • MA: The American University in Cairo, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2012
  • MA: Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 2002
  • BA: Political Science and Religion, University of Rochester, 2000

Selected Publications

Lewko, A. M. (2017). English between Egyptians: Power and ownership of the English language in Egypt. In A. Gebril (Ed.), Applied linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa (61-88). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Lewko, A. M. (2016, April 13-16). Paraphrasing: improving skills and attitudes in ESL students. In T. Pattison.  IATEFL 2016 Birmingham Conference Selections. Paper presented at 50th IATEFL Conference, Birmingham (135-137).  Kent, United Kingdom: IATEFL.

Lewko, A. M. (2013). Giving room for student talk in writing conferences. NileTESOL Newsletter, (5), 9.

Lewko, A. M. (2012). Teaching business communication inside the ring.  AUC TESOL Journal, (2), 25-33.

Lewko, A. M. (2011). Some from Here, Some from There: Global Culture in an English Textbook.  AUC TESOL Journal, (1).

Research Interest

Research and teaching interests currently focus on academic writing, including teacher and peer feedback, paraphrasing, and lexical sophistication.