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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
Senior Teaching Associate in Arabic
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 335102
Saussan Khalil

Saussan is a Senior Arabic Language Teacher, with a PhD in Arabic sociolinguistics and 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. She 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).

Saussan is also the founder and director of Kalamna CIC, a social venture providing Arabic language classes to children in Cambridge.

Teaching responsibilities: 

Saussan teaches Arabic at Undergraduate level.

Research interests: 

Arabic language and (socio)linguistics, internet linguistics and foreign language teaching.

Current PhD students

Silvia Lodi: Teaching and Learning Vocabulary in the Arabic (on-line) classroom through technology-supported material (TBC)


Arabic Writing in the Digital Age: Towards a Theoretical Framework London: Routledge (2022)
Oxford Arabic Dictionary Oxford: Oxford University Press (2014)

Articles, Book Chapters etc

The teaching of Arabic as a community language in the UK International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, special issue "Language ideologies and community language education in the UK’s diasporas" (2022)
A delineation of variation in Arabic between fuṣḥá and Egyptian ’āmmīyah Leeds Language Scholar, Issue 6 (Special Issue: “Teaching Arabic”) (2020)
Corpus-based vocabulary lists for language learners for nine languages Language Resources and Evaluation, March 2014, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp. 121-163 (2013)
The evolution of the Arabic language through online writing: the explosion of 2011 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 (2012)
Talk like an Egyptian: Egyptian Arabic as an option for teaching communicative spoken Arabic Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics [online], 16, 2011 (2011)