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)
Academic Fellow

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.

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

Socially Embedded Diabetes Management among CALD Groups in Western Sydney; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Compact Funding, The University of Sydney (with Vek Lewis, Novi Djenar, Antonia Rubino, Dyah Pitaloka, Ali Alhadesh, Wei Wang, Irene Shidong An, Rifaat Abied), 2017-2018.

The Arab World Today: what Everybody Needs to Know (Open Learning Environment -Undergraduate); Sorbera L, Basheer N; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant, 2017.

Forthcoming publications

Basheer, N. (forthcoming). Connectors in the writing of native and non-native Arabic speakers: Similarities, differences and a teaching model. In M.Lo (Ed.), The Arabic classroom: Contexts, texts and learners. London: Routledge.

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.

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