Mona Attwa
Instructor of Arabic
ALTEC Multimedia Library, HLMS 159

By appointment

Research: Sociolinguistics, language choice, e-Arabic, identity and ideology, and language pedagogy.
Education: MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, The American University in Cairo, Egypt. BA in English Language and Literature, Faculty of Al-Alsun (Languages), Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Before coming to CU Boulder, I taught Arabic language and translation at The American University in Cairo, Leiden University in The Netherlands, and The International Language Institute (IH-Cairo). I also have a professional experience in translation, machine translation and publishing.

I am currently doing my PhD project with Tilburg University in The Netherlands. I am interested to look at the effects of globalization and superdiversity on cross country communication in the Arab world. More specifically, I want to explore the linguistic and semiotic resources used by Arabs on pan-Arab satellite channels and social media and the indexicality of this usage on identity and ideology in The Arab world.

*Winner of The Best Should Teach Gold Award of 2019.
*ASSETT Faculty Fellow 2019-2020.
*Nominated for Excellence in Teaching with Technology, 2018.


Attwa, M. (2019). On the Way to Understand the Pan-Arab Voice. Miller C. et al (eds.). Studies on Arabic Dialectology and Sociolinguistics: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of AIDA held in Marseille from 30th May – 2nd June 2017. Aix-en-Provence: Institut de recherches et d’études sur les mondes arabes et musulmans. Collection: Livres de l’IREMAM.

قضية الألفباء: التاريخ والنظام الكتابي والصعوبات وكيفية التغلب عليها في تدريس اللغة العربية كلغة أجنبيةThe Arabic Alphabet: the history, the writing system, and the challenges in teaching Arabic as foreign language and suggestions to overcome them.
Presented at: The Joint ATS-BRISMES conference “Mapping Arabic Heritage”, The American University of Sharjah, 14-16 April 2014.

Attwa, M. (2012). Arabizi: a writing variety worth learning? An exploratory study of the views of foreign learners of Arabic on Arabizi. (Unpublished master's thesis) Retrieved from Arabizi_is it a writing variety worth learning.pdf?sequence=1

Muhammed, R., Farrag, M., Elshamly, N., & Abdel-Ghaffar, N. (2011, February). Summary of Arabizi or Romanization: The dilemma of writing Arabic texts. Jīl Jadīd Conference, Austin, TX. Retrieved from