Mahmoud Azaz

About Mahmoud Azaz

Mahmoud Azaz is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. He holds a Ph.D. with Distinction in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. He taught Arabic at the University of Arizona and California State University in Chico, and linguistics at Ain Shams University in Cairo. His research interests include linguistic approaches to Arabic second language acquisition, Arabic pedagogy, and Arabic sociolinguistics. Articles by Dr. Azaz came out in journals such as Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (LAB, John Benjamins), the International Journal of Applied Linguistics (IJAL, Wiley & Sons), the Foreign Language Annals (FLAN, Wiley & Sons), Al-ʿArabiyya (Georgetown University Press), and Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL). In 2013, Mahmoud was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by University of Arizona and the Top Proposal Award by the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF). In 2015, Mahmoud received the Distinguished Lecturer Award in Linguistics from Ain Shams University in Egypt. Mahmoud is also a professional bidirectional translator (Arabic-English): He translated Anthony Gorman’s Historians, State, and Politics in Twentieth Century Egypt (Routledge) into Arabic and have plans to translate Yasir Suleiman’s The Arabic Language and National Identity. Mahmoud gave a number of conference presentations from 2012 to 2015 in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the Second Language Acquisition Forum (SLRF), and Arabic Linguistics Society (ALS). Mahmoud was pleased to receive two research grants from the University of Arizona: The Faculty Seed Grant (from the Office for Research & Discovery) and the Confluence Grant (from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry).


Selected publications

Azaz, M. (2017). Metalinguistic knowledge of salient versus unsalient features: Evidence from the Arabic construct state. Foreign Language Annals, 50. (Wiley & Sons)

Azaz, M., & Frank, J., (2017). The role of perceptual salience in the L2 acquisition sequence of the Arabic construct state. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 28. (Wiley & Sons)

Azaz, M., & Frank, J., (2017). Bidirectional cross-linguistic influence in late bilingualism: Evidence from the container-content relation. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 7. (John Benjamins)
DOI: 10.1075/lab.15012.aza.

Azaz, M. (2016). Crosslinguistic effects in L2 acquisition: The case of Arabic determiner phrase. Al-ʿArabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 49(1),1-24.

Azaz, M. (2016). Integrating the genre-based approach into teaching writing in Arabic as a foreign language. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 19, 31-60.

Azaz, M. (2014). Transition from Coptic to Arabic in early Muslim Egypt: Resolving a sociolinguistic puzzle. Zaytoon, 6, 4-19. Appeared in A. El-Gibali (Ed.) Dirasaat ‘arabiyya wa-Islaamiyya: In honor of Dr. Adel Gamal. Makatabat al-Adaab, Cairo, Egypt. 

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Mahmoud Azaz
Assistant Professor of Arabic Language & Linguistics
Office: Marshall 442
Office Hours: Monday & Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | By Appointment


Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (with Distinction, University of Arizona, 2014)

M.A. in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (University of Arizona, 2014)

M.A. in Applied Linguistics (with Distinction, Ain Shams University, 2009)

Graduate College Diploma in Foreign Language Teaching (Cairo University, Egypt, 2003)

TESOL Certificate Program (California State University in Chico, 2010)

Bachelor of Arts in Education (with Distinction, Cairo University, Egypt, 2001)

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Linguistics (with Distinction, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 2005)