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Ghazi Abuhakema

Director of Asian Studies and Arabic programs

Address: 9 Glebe Street 200
Phone: 843.953.3988
E-mail: abuhakemag@cofc.edu
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Ghazi Abuhakema is Associate Professor and Director of the Asian Studies and Arabic programs at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D in Foreign Language Education specializing in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). He taught courses on Arabic language and culture, and Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin, Montclair State University, Middlebury College, Hunter College and National University. He is an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester, an ILR tester (Levantine), and ac ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) tester. He is a trained online instructor. He is the recipient of the College of Charleston’s Excel Teaching Award. He has developed instructional materials for the National Language Resource Center at the University of Maryland, Concordia Language Villages, and the Language Resource Center, Augusta, Georgia. He is the co-author of Kilima wa Nagham: A Text for Teaching Arabic,” a textbook series that will be published by the University of Texas Press (first volume available in August, 2014). He wrote the Arabic placement test at Montclair State, and reading component of the Arabic language placement test at Middlebury College. He reviewed the Defense Language Proficiency Test 5 (DLPT5) in reading and listening. He designed online Arabic language courses for National University. He has published on heritage learners, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, and the linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of historical primary sources. His publications appeared in Al-’Arabiyya, Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL), The Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Discourse and Journal of Eastern African Studies. He has reviewed manuscripts for Routledge and Yale University Press. He is also a basic reviewer for Foreign Language Annals.


Education

University of Texas at Austin (UT) 
Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics

Saint Michael’s College, Vermont 
M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Bir-Zeit University, West Bank. - Arabic and English combination
High Diploma in Translation

Al-Yarmouk University, Jordan 
B.A. in English Language and Literature

Certifications:

2014-2018 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), Full Certification
2014-2018 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), Modern Standard Arabic, Full Certification
2012 - Present Interagency Language Review (ILR) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), Full Certification (testing all proficiency levels)
2011 - Present Defense Language Proficiency Test 5 (DLPT5) External Reviewer Certification (Listening and reading)
2002 - Present American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), Modern Standard Arabic, Full Certification
2002 - Present Translation Certification, Association of Arabic Translators - Beirut


Research Interests

Ghazi is an applied linguist and his main interests include heritage learners, learner corpora, discourse analysis, the teaching of culture in foreign language classroom settings, and the use of technology in the classroom.


Courses Taught


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Spring, 2011, 2012, and 2013           Nominated for College of Charleston Distinguished Teacher Award

Spring, 2010                                         College of Charleston Teaching Excel Award

1997-1999                                            Fulbright Scholarship (MA in TESL)

Fellowships and Grants

Spring, 2013                        College of Charleston, creating audio material for a language textbook ($2,500)

Spring 2011                         OPI/ILR Full Certification, funded by ACTFL

Summer, 2011                     College of Charleston, Research Grant ($2,000)

Fall, 2010                             College of Charleston LCWA Murray Grant, developing a study abroad program in Arabic ($2,000+).

2009                                     College of Charleston LCWA Murray Grant (organizing a Middle Eastern film festival in collaboration with Jewish Studies, ($2,000)

1999 - 2001                         Full teaching assistantship, Department of Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin.

2001 - 2004                         Full assistant instructorship, Department of Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin

1997 - 1999                         Fulbright (MA in TESL), St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT.

1985 - 1989                         Assistantship from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinian People (U.N.R.W.A.) to study at al-Yarmouk University in Jordan and to obtain a B. A. in English Language and Literature.


Publications

Books and Textbooks

  •  Hakini Arabi: Palestinian and Jordanian Colloquial Arabic for Beginners, (textbook), The University of Texas Press (Under Review).
  • Kalima wa Nagham: Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language, Incorporating Music with Methodology. (Arabic language textbook series). University of Texas Press. (Forthcoming, August 2014)
  • Arabic Vitamins: Arabic Language Instructional Aids for Self Study. Language Resource Center, Augusta, GA, 2010. Co-written with Ramin Sarraf and Michael Hillman.
  • Arabic Guaranteed: A Beginning Course in Modern Standard Arabic (an audio textbook). Berlitz Publishing, 2007.

Articles in Refereed Journals and Chapters in Edited Volumes

  •  “Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language: Current status, best practices and immediate challenges,” in K. Abu Amsha, (Ed.), Best Practices of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language by the Most Prominent Theoreticians and Educators of Arabic in the East and the West. (Forthcoming, 2014)
  •  “Code switching in Arabic written advertisements: Patterns, aspects, and the question of prestige and standardization,” The Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Discourse, 38, 173-186, 2013.
  •  “Heritage and non-heritage language learners in Arabic classrooms: Inter and Intra-group beliefs, attitudes and perceptions,” Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL), 12, 73-106, 2012.
  •  “Rhetorical properties and generic structure analysis of Christian and Muslim obituaries: The case of Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Ahram,” Al-Arabiyya, 44-45, (pp. 65-86). Published by Georgetown University Press, 2011-2012. Co-written with Sadam Issa.
  •  “The Somali Youth League constitution: a handwritten Arabic copy (c. 1947?) from the Ethiopian security forces archives in Harär,” Journal of Eastern African Studies, 4, 3: 450-66, 2010. Co-written with Tim Carmichael.
  •  “ARIDA: An Arabic interlanguage database and its applications: A pilot study,” Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL), 7, 161-184, 2009. Co-written with Anna Feldman and Eileen Fitzpatrick.
  •   “The cultural component of Middlebury Arabic program: Students’ needs assessment.” Texas Papers on Foreign Language Education, Vol. 10 (pp. 1-17), 2005.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

  •  “Error annotation of the Arabic learner corpus: A new error tagset,” in the Proceedings of the International Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology.” (pp. 14-22). Springer, September 2013.
  •  “Al-WaHa: A virtual study-abroad program in studying Arabic,” in N. Akhtarkhavari and M. Alosh (Eds.), Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (pp. 197-210). DePaul University, 2009.
  •  “A new Arabic interlanguage database: Collection, annotation, analysis. In the Proceedings of CALICO on Automatic Analysis of Learner Language: Bridging Foreign Language Teaching Needs and NLP Possibilities.” March 18-19, 2008. San Francisco, CA, 2008. Co-written with Anna Feldman and Eileen Fitzpatrick. https://calico.org/p-378-Program.html.
  •  “ARIDA: An Arabic interlanguage database and its Applications: A pilot study,” The Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society. Coconut Grove, Florida, 2008. Co-written with Anna Feldman and Eileen Fitzpatrick. http://chss.montclair.edu/~feldmana/publications/flairs-2008.pdf
  •  “Annotating an Arabic learner corpus for errors,” The 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC). Marrakech, Morocco.2008. Co-written with Anna Feldman and Eileen Fitzpatrick.  http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2008/.

 Published Book Reviews

  •  Modern Arabic: Structures, Functions, and Varieties by Clive Holes, Middle Eastern Studies Association Bulletin, Volume 39(1), 2005, (pp. 131-133).
  • Dictionary of Syrian Arabic: English-Arabic. By Karl Stowasser & Moukhtar Ani, MESA Bulletin, Volume 39(2), 2005 (pp. 285-286).
  • Formal Spoken Arabic: FAST Course with MP3 Files. Karin Ryding and Abdelnour Zaiback, MESA Bulletin, Volume 40(2), 2006, (145-146).