Khaled Al Masaeed
Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Second Language Acquisition & Coordinator of Arabic Studies
As an applied linguist, my interests center primarily on the intersection between second language acquisition (SLA) and sociolinguistics. I have directed and codirected study abroad programs in Alexandria (Egypt), Amman (Jordan), Fes and Tangier (Morocco). At CMU, I am the Coordinator for Arabic Studies and I contribute to the PhD Program in Second Language Acquisition. I am interested in how social contexts impact interlanguage, and my research interests include (1) language use in context, including sociolinguistics and pragmatics; (2) foreign/second language pedagogy—in particular, the teaching of L2 Arabic; and (3) language program administration in home and study abroad settings.
My current research contributes to the areas of code-switching in L2 contexts, L2 pragmatics (mainly in Arabic as a second/foreign language), and critical discourse analysis. My primary goal when I teach is to empower my students to become agents in the learning process while providing a classroom environment conducive to authentic communication. I believe that teaching and learning are most effective and enjoyable when students become teachers—that is, using and sharing knowledge as they acquire it. I encourage my students to become curious, independent life-long learners; develop critical thinking skills; and gain a deeper understanding of the world around us.
EducationPh.D. in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching, The University of Arizona
Articles in Refereed Journals and Handbooks
- Al Masaeed, K., Waugh, L., & Burns, K. (in press). The development of interlanguage pragmatics in L2 Arabic: The production of apology strategies. System.
- Al Masaeed, K. (2018). Code-switching in L2 Arabic collaborative dyadic interactions. In M. Alhawary (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of Arabic second language acquisition (pp. 289-302). UK: Routledge. [Peer reviewed]
- Al Masaeed, K. (2017). Interlanguage pragmatic development: Internal and external modification in L2 Arabic requests. Foreign Language Annals, 50(4), 808–820.
- Al Masaeed, K. (2016). Judicious use of L1 in L2 Arabic speaking practice sessions. Foreign Language Annals, 49(4), 716-728.
- Waugh, L., Catalano, T., Al Masaeed, K., Do, T., & Renigar, P. (2016). Critical discourse analysis: Definition, approaches, relation to pragmatics, critique, and trends. In A. Capone & J.L. Mey (Eds.), Interdisciplinary studies in pragmatics, culture and society (pp. 71-135). NY: Springer.
- Al Masaeed, K. (2014). Conversational Arabic-English code-switching. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 18 (2), 47-56.
- Al Masaeed, K. (2013). The Egyptian revolution of 2011 and the power of its slogans: A critical discourse analysis. Cross-Cultural Communication, 9(6), 1-6.
- 789 Guided Research: Diglossia
- 893 Teaching Apprenticeship: L2 Teaching & Learning
888 Sociolinguistics & Second Language Acquisition
- 112 Elementary Arabic II
- 117/118 Arabic Conversation & Dialect
- 211/212 Intermediate Arabic
- 311/312 Advanced Arabic
- 411 Language and Society in the Arab World
- 412 Topics in Arabic Studies