Dr Nesrine Basheer

PhD in Arabic Linguistics (UT Austin); MA in Applied Linguistics (Columbia); Grad. Diploma (AUC); RSA CELTA; BA (Ain Shams)
Academic Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

My research interests fall under Arabic applied linguistics. I am interested in how authors of oral and written discourse use linguistic strategies for effective argumentation and persuasion. In the context of teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL), I examine similarities and differences between Arabic native and non-native speakers in how they created coherence, especially in argumentative writing. I also use critical discourse analysis to examine persuasion and argumentation in Arabic political speeches.

Research interests

  • First and second language writing
  • The integrated approach in teaching Arabic
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Language testing and assessment

Teaching and supervision

I teach and coordinate Arabic language units at all levels, Honours seminar and advanced culture units taught in Arabic.

I welcome Honours, masters and PhD students interested in Arabic applied linguistics, including teaching Arabic as a foreign language.

Current research students

Project title Research student
A research project to explore the different assessments of Arabic in Australia Enaam DARIDO

Conferences

Dec. 2017. Arabic Connectives in Native and Non-Native Speakers’ Writing. Approaches and Challenges in Arabic Language Pedagogy conference at The American University in Cairo. Cairo, Egypt.

Nov. 2017. Connectives in Arabic Native Speaker and Non-native Speaker Expository and Argumentative Writing. The Middle Eastern Studies Association annual meeting. Washington, DC.

Apr. 2017. اللغة والهوية: الحلم والهدف“Language and Identity: Dream and Goal.” MyLanguage; MyIdentityconference organized by NSW Community Languages Schools Program. Sydney, Australia.

Nov. 2016: "My people and Tribe:" An analysis of Mohmed Morsi's political discourse. Future of the Middle East conference at Deakin University. Melbourne, Australia.

Nov. 2014: “Are they confused? Evidence from Arabic L2 Student Writing” at the Middle Eastern Studies Association annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Oct. 2013: “Linguistic Performance and Speakers’ Repertoires: Morsi on Stage” at the Middle Eastern Studies Association annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Nov. 2012: “The Linguistic Dimension of Cultural Competence: Expanding the Domain of Spoken Arabic” at the Middle Eastern Studies Association annual meeting in Denvor, CL.

Oct. 2011: “Investigating the Construct Validity of the Grammar Sub-Test of the CEP Placement Exam” at East Coast Organization of Language Testers conference in Washington, DC.

Selected grants

2017-2018: Socially Embedded Diabetes Management among CALD Groups in Western Sydney funded by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Compact Funding, The University of Sydney. Project leaders: Vek Lewis and Antonia Rubino. Members: Ali Aldahesh, Nesrine Basheer, Novi Djenar, Rifaat Ebied, Dyah Pitaloka, Irene Shidong An and Wei Wang.

2017-2020: Community Languages Initiative funded by New South Wales Government. Project leader: Ken Cruickshank. Members: Nesrine Basheer, Novi Djenar, Nerida Jarkey, Antonia Rubino, Linda Tsung.

2019-2020: Community Languages Teachers Test Primary School Teachers Languages Other Than English and Auslan funded by New South Wales Government. Project leader: Ken Cruickshank. Members: Nesrine Basheer, Novi Djenar, Nerida Jarkey, Antonia Rubino

Selected grants

2017

  • The Arab World Today: what Everybody Needs to Know (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Sorbera L, Basheer N; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Basheer, N. (2019). Connectors in the writing of native and non-native Arabic speakers: Similarities, differences and a teaching model. In Mbaye Lo (Eds.), The Arabic Classroom: Context, Text and Learners, (pp. 199-218). London: Routledge. [More Information]

Journals

  • Vafaee, P., Basheer, N., Heitner, R. (2012). Application of Confirmatory Factor Analysis in Construct Validity Investigation: The Case of the Grammar Sub-Test of the CEP Placement Exam. Iranian Journal of Language Testing, 2(1), 1-19.

2019

  • Basheer, N. (2019). Connectors in the writing of native and non-native Arabic speakers: Similarities, differences and a teaching model. In Mbaye Lo (Eds.), The Arabic Classroom: Context, Text and Learners, (pp. 199-218). London: Routledge. [More Information]

2012

  • Vafaee, P., Basheer, N., Heitner, R. (2012). Application of Confirmatory Factor Analysis in Construct Validity Investigation: The Case of the Grammar Sub-Test of the CEP Placement Exam. Iranian Journal of Language Testing, 2(1), 1-19.

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