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Saussan Khalil

Saussan Khalil

Lector in Arabic (on leave)

Office Phone: 01223 335102


Lector in Arabic, with an MA by Research in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, University of Leeds, postgraduate Certificate for Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (CTAFL), SOAS, London and BA English Literature, Alexandria University, Egypt. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Arabic & Persian Studies:

Research Interests

Currently writing a PhD in Arabic internet linguistics at the University of Leeds, with research interests in Arabic language and linguistics, internet linguistics and foreign language teaching.

Other Professional Activities

Saussan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL), the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and the United Nations Association  UK (UNA UK).

Key Publications

1. Arts, T., McNeil, K., Hussein, S., Benzehra, R., Attia, M., Faiza, M., Ijzendoorn, M., Schwartz, N. A., Demnik, M., Teekens, A., Mizori, H., Khalil, S., Aboubakr, F., Maanaki, B., Auty, N., Bekheet, R., Hoog- land, J., Hawary, A., Garoub, A., Nevadomski, M., Henderson, S., Oueslati, F. and Bennet, D. (2014) Oxford Arabic Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online version available at: 

2. Kilgariff, A., Charalabopoulou, F., Gavrilidou, M., Jonannessen, J. B., Khalil, S., Johansson, S., Lew, R., Sharoff, S., Vadlapudi, R. and Volodina, E. (2013) “Corpus-based vocabulary lists for language learners for nine languages”, Language Resources and Evaluation, September 2013. Available at:

3. Khalil, S. (2012) “The evolution of the Arabic language through online writing: the explosion of 2011” In British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). BRISMES 2012 Annual Conference (Graduate Section) Change and Continuity in the Middle East: Rethinking West Asia, North Africa and the Gulf after 2011. London School of Economics, London, 10 June 2012. [Online]: BRISMES 2012 Graduate Conference Papers. Available at:

4. Khalil, S. (2011) “Talk like an Egyptian: Egyptian Arabic as an option for teaching communicative spoken Arabic”. Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics [online], 16, 2011. Available at:

Contributed translation and subtitling to the documentary Forgotten voices: farmer responses to uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. (2013) Produced/directed by H. Ayeb and R. Bush. Leeds. [Film].