Dr Ruba  Khamam

Dr Ruba Khamam

Lecturer in Arabic and Translation

0113 343 0478

Summary: Inter-cultural Pragmatics, Linguistic (Im)Politeness,Teaching and Learning Arabic as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, and English/Arabic/English Translation.

Location: Michael Sadler Building

Overview

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

My research interests and expertise span across a range of linguistic fields including, General Arabic and English Linguistics, Pragmatics, Interactional Sociolinguistics, Cross-cultural and Inter-cultural Pragmatics, Social and regional language variation, Linguistic Politeness and Impoliteness, (Im)politeness in Translation, Critical Discourse Analysis of spoken and written texts, The Relationship between Gender and Politeness, Forms of Address, Speech Acts, Politeness and Second Language Learning and Use, Teaching and Learning Arabic as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, and English/Arabic/English Translation.

MODULES TAUGHT

Arab2007 Arabic for Beginners 2

Arab3100 Arabic for Beginners 3

Arab2020/21 Essential Skills in Practical Arabic

Arab2010/11 Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation

Arab3020 Advanced Skills in Arabic Language

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: 

AIMES Website and Social Media Manager

Residence Abroad Tutor 

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PAPERS:

University of Leeds, Language@Leeds Conference,  “Politeness Between the Middle East And the West: A comparative linguistic study of Syrian and British requestive strategies” 13th June 2013, Leeds, UK.

University of Huddersfield, The First Postgraduate Conference on Linguistic Politeness, “Politeness Between the Middle East and the West: A Cross-cultural Linguistic Study of Syrian Arabic and British English Requests” 8th March 2013, Huddersfield, UK.

University of Leeds, Second Annual University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher Conference, “Politeness: A Key for Effective Cross-cultural Communication” 13th December 2011, Leeds, UK. 

University of Manchester, Linguistics Association of Great Britain Conference, (Pecha-Kucha Presentations) “Politeness: A Key for Bridging Cultural Gaps” 7th-10th September 2011, Manchester, UK.

International Pragmatics Association, 12th International Pragmatics Conference: Pragmatics and its interfaces, “A Strategic Usage of Requests: A Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Variation in British English and Syrian Arabic” 3-8th July 2011, Manchester, UK.

Newcastle University and Northumbria University, The Sixth Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics. “A Cross-Cultural Study of Address Terms Used in Different Request Situations in Syrian Arabic and British English” 7th April 2011, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Leeds Metropolitan University, 10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC), Travelling languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World, “The Speech Act of Request: A Linguistic Exploration of Politeness Orientation in British and Syrian Culture” 3rd-5th December 2010, Leeds, UK.

The University of Manchester and University of Salford, 19th International Postgraduate Linguistics Conference (PLC19): Language Variation and Change, “ A Contrastive Study of British English and Syrian Arabic speakers” Linguistic Choices” 16th-17th September 2010, Manchester, UK.

Lancaster University, 5th Lancaster Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching, “The Speech Act of Request: Politeness Orientation in British English and Syrian Arabic”, 5th July 2010, Lancaster, UK.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS:

University of Leeds, Faculty of Arts and PVAC poster conference, “Linguistic Politeness and its Role in Bridging Cultural Gaps” 18th October 2012, Leeds, UK.

Vitae Yorkshire & North east Hub Public Engagement Competition, “Politeness: The Secret Ingredient of Smooth Cross-Cultural Communication” 6th April 2011, Durham, UK.

University of Leeds, Faculty of Arts and PVAC poster conference, “Politeness: The Secret Ingredient of Smooth Cross-Cultural Communication” 31st March 2011, Leeds, UK.

University of Leeds, The First Annual University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher Conference, “Politeness Research and Its Secrets in Bridging Cultural Gaps” 14th September 2010, Leeds, UK.

INVITED TALKS, SEMINARS & LECTURES:

University of Leeds, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, Postgraduate annual conference, “Requestive Strategies in Syrian Arabic and British English: An Intercultural Perspective on Politeness” 27th June 2012, Leeds, UK.

University of Leeds, The Language, Linguistics and Translation research seminar series, “Politeness across Cultures:  A Comparison of British English and Syrian Arabic Requests” 19th April 2012, Leeds, UK. 

University of Leeds, Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Seminar Programme, “Modification in Syrian and British Requests: Same or Different?” 16th November 2011, Leeds, UK.

University of Leeds, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, Annual postgraduate conference, “A Cross-cultural Study of Modification Types in Syrian Arabic and British English Requests” 22nd June 2011,  Leeds, UK.

University of Leeds, Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, AMES Postgraduate Study Day, “Syrian and British Requests: An Intercultural Perspective on Politeness” 18th May 2011, Leeds, UK.

University of Leeds, Department of Linguistics and phonetics, Research Students’ Conference, “A Semantic/Pragmatic Exploration of Requests: Politeness Orientation in British English and Syrian Arabic” 10th June 2010, Leeds, UK.

University of Leeds, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, “Requests and the Untold Secrets of Politeness in the Syrian Arabic Speech Community and its British English Counterpart” 19th April 2010, Leeds, UK.

University of Leeds, Department of Linguistics and phonetics Annual Conference, “A Cross-cultural Linguistic Exploration of the Semantic Formulas of Requests in English and Syrian Arabic” 25th June 2009, Leeds, UK.

MEMBERSHIP OF SOCIETIES:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Member of the Linguistic Association of Great Britain (LAGB).

Member of the Linguistic Politeness Research Group (LPGR).

Member of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural communication (IALIC).

Associate member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).

Member of the Learning Technologists Network at the University of Leeds.

Member of the Languages@Leeds Research Group.

Member of the Network for the Interdisciplinary Study of Second Language Learning in the UK.