Dr Nesrine Basheer

PhD in TAFL (UT Austin); MA in Applied Linguistics (Columbia); GDip in TAFL (AUC); BA in English Language and Literature (Ain Shams)
Associate Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

My main research interest is in the Arabic pedagogy, especially in Arabic foreign language writing. In my most recent project, I investigated connectives in the writing of native and non-native speakers of Arabic. In another research project, I explore how the integration of a dialect in the Arabic classroom is reflected (or not) in the writing of learners of Arabic as a foreign language.

I have extensive experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language in Egypt and the United States. Places I taught at include The American University in Cairo, International Language Institute, the United Nations, Teachers College (Columbia University), Hunter College (The City University of New York), University of Maryland, and The University of Texas at Austin.

I am also experienced in teacher training and curriculum and material development.

Research interests

  • First and second language writing
  • The integrated approach in teaching Arabic
  • Discourse analysis
  • Dialect-MSA code switching and performance
  • Language testing and assessment

Teaching and supervision

I teach and coordinate Arabic language units at all levels.


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.

Feb. 2011: “Assess ‘eh’ exactly? Issues in Assessing Arabic as a Foreign Language Grammatical Knowledge” at Jil Jadid conference in Austin, TX.

Selected grants


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

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