Master Lecturer in Arabic

Student Drop-in Hours: Mon 3:30-4:30, Wed 9-10 & 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.