Master Lecturer in Arabic Coordinator of Arabic Program
Spring 2023 Office Hours: Mon 1:30-2:30, Wed 10-11am & by appointment
Dr. Giselle Khoury holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics with a specialty in foreign language acquisition. Dr. Khoury is a Master Lecturer in Arabic and the Head of the Arabic Language Program at Boston University. In this capacity, she oversees all aspects of the program and her responsibilities include curriculum, syllabi, material, and course development, course scheduling, assigning staff teaching schedules, instructor recruitment, methodological training and professional development of instructors and teaching assistants, and coordination and supervision of all sections. In addition, she advises and mentors instructors and students, conducts classroom observations, designs and coordinates all the extra curricular and cultural activities, ensures coherence and uniform standards within the language program, and handles any and all problems pertinent to the program.
Dr. Khoury has an extensive and diverse language teaching experience. She has been teaching languages to learners with widely varying degrees of proficiency – ranging from beginners to advanced levels – and of varying ages, linguistic backgrounds, and cultural heritages.
For several years Dr. Khoury has initiated and run a federally funded National Security Language Initiative project at Boston University as Principle Investigator and Program Director of the Academy for Arabic Teachers: STARTALK Arabic Teacher Professional Program, which has run each summer at BU from 2009-12. She is also former coordinator of BU’s Project GO, another major Defense-funded grant for critical-language study.