Nazih Daher

Part-time Faculty for Arabic
Rome Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Expert at every aspect of teaching, training and management/administration, and looking forward to focusing completely on teaching Arabic to American students at the university level.  A native speaker of Arabic with educational background and prior experience in teaching Arabic in American universities and at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. Developed curricula, designed and taught courses that combined language and culture and met the needs of both university students and those interested in the practical daily use of the language for specific purposes.       


Ph.D. 8/79 The Ohio State University Dissertation: "Individualizing the Teaching of Arabic”

M.A.  8/75 The Ohio State University Thesis: “Topics in the Phonology of Lebanese Arabic."


“Language Testing in Arabic: Where Do We Go From Here?” AL-ARABIYYA, Vol. 16   (1983), pp. 97-107.

“Arabic Sociolinguists: State of the Art.” AL-ARABIYYA, Vol. 20 (1987), pp. 125-159.

“Language in Contact: What is Happening to Lebanese Arabic in Cleveland, Ohio: Language Attrition in Progress.” AL-ARABIYYA, Vol. 21 (1988), pp. 3-18. Also published in The Arabic Language in America, Aleya Rouchdy, editor, Wayne State University Press, 1992.

(with David B. Burrell): Al-Maqsad al-Asna fi SharH Ma’aani Asmaa’ Allah al-Husna by Al-Ghazaali. Translated from Arabic into English with an introduction. Published by the Islamic Texts Society of Cambridge, England, 1992.


Papers Read at Conferences

Arabic Sociolinguistics: State of the Art. MESA conference of 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Code-mixing in Educated Spoken Arabic. MESA conference of 1989 in Toronto, Canada.

Professional Development Activities

Ongoing while at the Foreign Service Institute (1998 – 2014)

Honors and Awards

Elected president of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic for the year 1987 and served on the Executive Board for three years prior to that.

Elected a School Board member at the American Cooperative School of Tunis from 1994 to 1997 and served as President of the Board in 1996-1997.

Received the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award in June 1997, April 2001 and June 2009.

Accepted into the Senior Executive Service ranks, June 2010