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Lecturer - Arabic Cultural Studies (Teaching Focused)

University of Birmingham - School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Location: Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Salary: Competitive, Grade 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th March 2021
Closes: 22nd April 2021
Job Ref: 97216

Position Details

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Department of Modern Languages

University of Birmingham, Dubai campus

Salary: Competitive 

Grade 8

Full time


Location: Dubai, UAE

Closing date: 22 April 2021

Job summary

The University of Birmingham Dubai has identified the development of Arabic Cultural and Regional Studies as a strategic priority. Initially this will take the form of a flexible but thematically coherent undergraduate provision with modules and pathways offered to undergraduate and study abroad students at the Dubai campus. Drawing on a small existing provision, the remaining modules are to be developed and phased in over 1-2 years. A key target for the provision will be to develop productive relationships with subject areas and departments across the University, both in Dubai and in the UK. It is anticipated that the subject area will develop a distinctive pedagogic and research profile within 3-5 years. The teaching of Arabic language to non-native speakers will be central to this provision (Modern Standard Arabic), adopting approaches underpinned by the latest digital technologies and informed by innovative and blended approaches to language learning developed by the Department of Modern Languages. Language teaching will have a dual focus: to facilitate communication in local society and to serve as a means of deepening understanding of regional culture, with language and culture intertwined. The underlying ethos of the programme will be to engage with Arab society in its own terms and to do this through the development of sophisticated language skills and intercultural critical thinking among students, integrating historical and contemporary perspectives, to enable students to be competitively employable. 

Person specification

Applications are invited from candidates qualified to postgraduate level in Arabic studies who are able to demonstrate experience of teaching Arabic as a foreign language in Higher Education. Teaching experience should include the delivery of both Arabic language and cultural/historical modules across institution-wide language programmes and/or substantive undergraduate degrees in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies or related subject areas. The ability to use appropriate, up-to-date technology in the effective learning of languages and to understand works of culture is essential. Specific expertise in digital language learning (e.g. adaptive AI, language apps) and/or translation technologies is desirable. A professionally-orientated qualification in second language teaching and/or PGCHE is desirable. It is expected that applicants will have knowledge and experience of university processes, including the preparation of course documentation, course review and quality enhancement, and subject standards, for which a high standard of written English is required. An early career research profile (for example, conference papers, chapters in books) in a relevant area is desirable but not necessary, as the primary focus of the post will, in the first instance, be the development and delivery of teaching. Experience of external engagement will also be considered desirable. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Helen Abbott, Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music - Email  (Birmingham) and Abir Ahmed, Lecturer in Education, PGCE - Arabic (Dubai) - Email

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