Professor and TAFL Program Director
Department of Applied Linguistics
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Brief Biography

Zeinab A. Taha PhD, is a Professor of Arabic language and linguistics at The American University in Cairo. She received her PhD from Georgetown University in 1995. She has been working in the field of Teaching Arabic as A Foreign Language (TAFL) for over 30 years. After obtaining her MA in TAFL from the American University in Cairo, she taught in highly reputable universities in the USA and Europe in addition to the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo where she assumed the position of its director in addition to being the co-director of the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA). Throughout her tenure at AUC, she taught AFL in all levels and has been teaching in the MA TAFL program since 2005. Her publications are in the field of applied and theoretical linguistics especially on grammatical theory and language variation.

  • CW: Taha, Z. A., "Executive Producer and director," Authors of Arabiyyat Al-Nas series, Cornell University, Routledge, Cairo, Egypt. (March 15, 2017 - November 1, 2017)

    EB: Wahba, K., L. England, and Z. A. Taha Eds. (2017), Handbook for Arabic Language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century, (Kassem Wahba, Liz England, Zeinab Taha, Eds.). http://www.routledge.com

    BC: Taha, Z. A. (2017), "Syntactic Variation in Modern Written Arabic," in Handbook for Arabic language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century. Volume II, (Kassem Wahba, Liz England, Zeinab Taha, Eds.), USA, England: Routledge, 10.

    BC: Taha, Z.A. (2017), “The Classification of the Verb in the Arab Grammatical Tradition” in The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics III, (Georgine Ayoub and Kees Versteegh, Eds.), Brill.

    Book Review: Taha, Zeinab A. “Book Review: The Arabic Lexicographical Tradition” By Ramzi Baalabaki, Brill 2013. In the Journal of Arabic Language Tradition, Volume 13,  http://www.jalt.net pp. 62-66, 2015.

  • “CEF in the Changing Linguistic Reality of Arabic Language Use”. Keynote speech at MAV conference. University of Genoa, September 2018.

    “Formulaic Language and Pragmatic Competence”. MESA, November 2017.

    “Addressing Reality: Challenges Facing AFL Teachers”. Keynote speech at Symposium on Arabic Language Teaching. Leeds University, March 2017.

    “The Use of Pseudo-titles in Egyptian Newspapers”. Conference on Sociolinguistics Perspectives, December 2016, American University in Cairo.

    “Variation in Modern Written Arabic of the Media”, MESA conference, November 2016

    “The Mother Language and the Primary Language: Linguistic Reality of the Arab Speaking Countries”. Keynote speaker address, Conference on Future of Arabic Language. University of Zayyed, Dubai. March 2016.

    “Allaah, Allaah, Allaah: The Role of Context in Translation”. Lecture sponsored by the Center for Translation, American University in Cairo. October 2015.

    “Challenges in Teaching Contemporary Arabic” (In Arabic). Lecture at NYU Abu Dhabi, October 2015.

    Report on selected papers on language change in Egypt. Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco. October 2015.

    “Training the trainers: Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language”, Workshop at the akhawayn University--Ifran, Morocco. September 2015

    “Syntactic Variation in Modern Written Arabic”, Symposium on Modern Written Arabic. University of Aix-en-Provance, France. June 2015.

  • Co-organizer of the “International Conference on Approaches of Arabic Language Pedagogy” AUC, 2017.

    Consultant for the publication of “Arabiyyat Al-Nas”, Rountledge 2014-Present.

    “Hiwar Al Thaqafiyya”, Program guest. Nile Culture TV. June 2017.

    Reviewer for the International Journal of Arabic Linguistics (Arabic-linguistics.com)

    Workshop on Teacher Training. Al-Akhawayn University, Morocco. September 2015.

    Member of Promotion and Tenure Committee at the School level, 2017

    VI. Development of a new course

    Language and Communication, 2017-2018

Research Interest

Grammatical theory, TAFL, language variation and change, language and communication.