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Making Emirati Dialect a Living Language

Isleem hopes his work will spark more efforts to preserve the Emirati dialect especially in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. “We still have work to do to preserve this beautiful culture and tradition.”

Teaching Emirati Arabic at NYUAD

Students in Nasser Isleem's intermediate and advanced classes learn Arabic not only in the classroom but through lively immersion in Emirati culture.

On Ramadan

As a long-time instructor of the Arabic language, Nasser Isleem applies studies to his teaching that examine the impact of incorporating Arabic culture integration into a student's course work. 

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NYUAD faculty in the Arts and Humanities are frequently featured in local and international news media.

NYU Abu Dhabi Senior Lecturer Co-Authors Arabic Grammar in Action: Proficiency-based and Contextualized Activities Book
A hands-on textbook for teaching and learning Arabic grammar that helps develop and improve proficiency and accuracy at intermediate levels.
Zawya | October 12, 2021

NYUAD senior lecturer co-authors book in field of Teaching Arabic as Foreign Language
NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Senior Lecturer of Arabic Nasser Isleem and Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies at the College of Charleston Ghazi Abuhakema co-authored the first illustrative book of its kind in the field of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL).
Emirates News Agency | February 02, 2021

New book by NYU Abu Dhabi faculty helps readers use role-play to more effectively learn new languages
NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Senior Lecturer of Arabic Nasser Isleem has co-authored a new book titled Role-plays: Communicative Activities for Language and Oral Proficiency Assessment, which is designed to fit the needs of all learners regardless of their age or the language they are learning.
MENA FN | December 22, 2020

New Book by NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty Helps Readers Use Role-Play To More Effectively Learn New Languages
NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Senior Lecturer of Arabic Nasser Isleem has co-authored a new book titled Role-plays: Communicative Activities for Language and Oral Proficiency Assessment, which is designed to fit the needs of all learners regardless of their age or the language they are learning.
Albawaba | December 22, 2020

New Book By NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty Offers Innovative Curriculum For Teaching Modern Standard Arabic
NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Senior Lecturer of Arabic Nasser Isleem has published the third volume of his book Kalima wa Nagham A Textbook for Teaching Arabic
Web Release | February 22, 2020

Why language is so important to cultural diversity
Ever since he first met people from the Gulf in his student days, Nasser Isleem, a senior Arabic language lecturer at NYUAD, has been fascinated by how languages can splinter and evolve.
Abu Dhabi World | January 09, 2019

Two new books investigate the rhythm in Emirati Arabic
'Popular Proverbs: An Entrance to Emirati Culture' and' UAE 101: Stories and Cultural Learnings' explore how to speak Arabic with an Emirati dialect like a native.
The National | October 6, 2018

Why do you need to learn about our unique local language?
The launch of a new book is turning the spotlight on the Emirati dialect in a bid to help non-native Arabic speakers gain a deeper appreciation of the vernacular.
Abu Dhabi World | August 02, 2018