Ghazi Abuhakema is Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Abuhakema is an ACTFL-certified tester in the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), ILR OPI (Levantine), Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). As one of just four ACTFL-certified trainers in Arabic, he has trained scores of practitioners to become ACTFL-certified testers. In addition, he has facilitated workshops on ACTFL’s OPI and writing guidelines, implementation of ACTFL’s proficiency guidelines in Arabic classroom, and the role of grammar and culture in a proficiency-based curriculum.
Abuhakema has a wide range of expertise in several areas including being a trained and certified distance education instructor and mentor as well as serving as a subject specialist for the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC). He is also the recipient of the College of Charleston’s Excel Teaching Award and the Dean’s Excellence of Teaching Award.
He taught courses on Arabic language and culture, Middle Eastern Studies, and assessment at UT-Austin, Montclair State University, Middlebury College, Hunter College and National University. Moreover, he has developed instructional materials for the National Language Resource Center at the University of Maryland, Concordia Language Villages, and the Language Resource Center, Augusta, Georgia.
Abuhakema is the co-author of the peer-reviewed Kilima wa Nagham: A Textbook for Teaching Arabic,” a three-volume textbook series that is being published by the University of Texas Press (Vol. I, 2014, Vol. II, 2006, Vol. III, forthcoming). He is also the co-author of Hakini Arabi: A Textbook for Teaching Palestinian and Jordanian Arabic. His publications appeared in Al-’Arabiyya, Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL), The Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Discourse, and Journal of Eastern African Studies. In addition, he has reviewed manuscripts for Routledge and Yale University Press.