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Arabic program gaining notice

April 30, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Mustafa Mughazy, professor of foreign languages, continues to play a key role in Western Michigan University's expanding Arabic language offerings.

Mughazy, who serves as the undergraduate adviser for Arabic, has been instrumental in developing the University's new minor in that language and in distinguishing the program by focusing it on speaking rather than writing Arabic.

Mughazy has been making presentations in the United States and Canada on the minor's unusual focus and the innovative model for teaching beginning levels of Arabic that he has introduced at the WMU.

A faculty member since 2003, Mughazy is a specialist in Arabic linguistics: semantics and applied linguistics. He organized the University's popular summer study program in Alexandria, Egypt, as well as the academic-year program there, and was elected in 2006 to head the Arabic Linguistic Society international organization.

His publications include the textbook, "Dardasha: Egyptian Arabic," which is the most-used book in the United States for colloquial Arabic.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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