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Maher Awad
Lecturer
Senior Lecturer in Arabic
 
e-mail:awad@rice.edu
 
Primary Department
   Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Asian Studies
  • Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication
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    Websites
     Rice Arabic Program
     
    Research Areas
     Arabic language and linguistics
     
    Teaching Areas
     Arabic language and culture
     
    Selected Publications
     Articles
     

    Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, Second Edition; and Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum Al-cArabiyya with DVDs: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One, Second Edition, by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2004. In Al-cArabiyya (journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic), vol. 37, 2004. (Appeared in 2006.)

     
     

    Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds; Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum Al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1995; and Elementary Arabic: An Integrated Approach: Student Workbook, by Munther Younes, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. In Language, vol. 74, 1998.

     
     

    Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics VII: Papers from the Seventh Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, edited by Mushira Eid, Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1995. In Language, vol. 72, 1996.

     
     Editor of books
     

    Elsaid Badawi, Michael Carter, Adrian Gully. "Modern Written Arabic: A Comprehensive Grammar, 2nd Edition. (900-page landmark reference grammar)." 

     
     Book reviews
     

    Munther Younes, Makda Weatherspoon, Maha Foster, Hanada Al-Masri, & Yomna Chami "Arabiyyat Al-Naas (Living Arabic), 3 vols." 

     
     Dictionary or Encyclopedia Entries
     

    Arabic Translation of "Rice University" in Wikipedia Encyclopedia "Arabic Translation of "Rice University" in Wikipedia Encyclopedia." 

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    “Assessment and Testing in the Integrated Arabic Curriculum: Test Types, Test Samples, and Harmony between Curriculum and Tests," Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

     
     

    "Questions about Arab Culture That You've Always Wanted to Ask, Baker Institute of Public Policy, Rice University (invited talk)." (2012)

     
     

    “Issues in the Syntax and Semantics of Complement Clauses in Arabic.” Presented in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 4/2004.

     
     

    “On Complement Clauses in Arabic.” Presented in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 3/2003.

     
     Lectures
     

    “Introduction to Arabic,” public lecture, Rice University, 11/2007.

     
     Other
     

    U.S. Government's National Security Language Summit, University of Maryland at College Park, 2010 (invited participant).

     
     Panelist
     

    "ACTFL ILR Arabic OPIc Test Norming and Calibration Project, spring 2012 (invited expert panelist)."

     
     

    ACTFL ILR Arabic OPIc Test Norming and Calibration Project, fall 2011 (invited expert panelist).

     
     

    Levantine Arabic Standard Setting Group for Testing, joint project between ACTFL and the U.S. Government, Washington, DC, 2011 (invited expert panelist).

     
     

    Workshop on Language Program Building and Maintenance, sponsored by National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC), University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2011.

     
     

    ACTFL ILR OPI-Computerized Test Rater Training Workshop, Monterey, California, 2/2009. (invited panelist)

     
     

    ACTFL OPI Tester Training Workshop, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 4/2009.

     
     

    Arabic Teacher Training Seminar (sponsored by National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)), University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 7/2009.

     
     

    Workshop on Teaching Arabic Using the Integrated Approach, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 8/2008. (invited panelist)

     
     

    ACTFL Workshop on Arabic Writing Proficiency Testing, White Plains, New York, 11/2007. (invited panelist)

     
     

    Arabic Teacher Training Seminar (sponsored by National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 8/2005.

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    ""Engaging with Culture Outside the Classroom," CLIC, Rice University."

     
     Session Chair
     

    Typology of Afroasiatic Languages Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 4/2006.

     
     Workshops
     

    “Curriculum Experiment in Third Year Arabic, With Special Reference to Rice-in-Jordan,” presented at the Curriculum Redesign Workshop, CLIC, Rice University

     
     

    “Questions about Arab Culture That You’ve Always Wanted to Know,” given as part of the Rice-in-Jordan Pre-departure Workshop, Rice University

     
    Editorial Positions
     Other, Arabic Language Editor and Reviewer for Routledge Publishing. (2012 - 2015)

     Other, Arabic Language Textbook Reviewer for Yale University Press. (2012 - 2015)

     Other, Reviewer for Al-cArabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic. (2012 - 2015)

     Other, Reviewer for Foreign Language Annals, Journal of ACTFL. (2012 - 2015)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Favorite Professor, Will Rice Residential College, Rice University,

     Certificate of Completion of STARTALK Workshop, Cal State-Long Beach and Occidental College, California, STARTALK (6/2012)

     Senior Lecturer of Arabic, Rice University (7/2012)

     Federal STARTALK Grant, University of Maryland, STARTALK, University of Maryland (6/2012)

     Recertification, ACTFL Arabic national tester and rater for oral (OPI) and written (WPT) proficiencies, ACTFL (11/2012)

     Certificate of Contribution to Arabic Teachers Training Workshop, UT-Austin, UT-Austin (3/2012)

     National Middle East Language Resource Center Grant, NMELRC (7/2011)

     Recipient, Certificate of Achievement for Service to Rice University, Rice University (2011)

     Award, Distinguished Faculty Associate at Martel College for the Academic Year 2009-2010, Rice University, Rice University (2010)

     Certification, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Oral Proficiency Interview-Computerized (OPIC) National Rater for Arabic, ACTFL (2009)

     National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC, Utah) Professional Development Grant Award, NMELRC (2009)

     Certification, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) National Rater for Arabic, ACTFL (2008)

     Certification, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) National Tester for Arabic, ACTFL (2006)

    Residencies & Summer Festivals
     Residency
     Resident Faculty Leader, Rice-in-Jordan Summer 2014 Study Abroad Program .
    Positions Held
     Lecturer of Arabic, University of Virginia. (2012 - 2012)

     Lecturer of Arabic, University of Pennsylvania. (2012 - 2012)

     Lecturer of Arabic, Rice University. (2012 - 2012)

     ACTFL & ILR Tester and Rater, fully certified Arabic national tester and rater for ACTFL (academic) and ILR (government) oral and written proficiencies (OPI, OPIc, and WPT), ACTFL. (2012 - 2015)

     Language Testing Consultant, ACTFL. (2012 - 2015)

     Executive Committee Member, Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Rice University. (2014 - 2014)

     Study Abroad Committee Member, Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Rice University. (2013 - 2015)

     Scholarship Committee Member, Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Rice University. (2013 - 2015)

     Advisory Board Member, Al-Mashriq Center for Arabic Instruction. (2013 - 2015)

     Senior Lecturer of Arabic, Rice University. (2012 - 2015)

     Faculty Member, Asian Studies, Rice University. (2013 - 2015)

     Faculty Leader, Rice's Arabic Study Abroad Program in Jordan. (2013 - 2015)