Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data

Date of Birth: 21 Feb., 1952
Place of Birth: Irbid - Jordan
Nationality: Jordanian
Marital Status: Married
Children: Four children
Academic Rank: Professor

Address

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Faculty of Science and Arts
Jordan University of Science and Technology
P.O. Box 3030
Irbid, Jordan 22110

+962 27201000, ext 23407
+962 795820680
+962 27201071

mahmoud@just.edu.jo

Education

  • B.A in English language and literature, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1978, Language of Instruction: English.
  • M.A in Applied Linguistics, University of Durham, Durham, England, 1985, Language of Instruction: English.
  • Ph.D in Sociolinguistics, University of Durham, Durham, England, 1988, Language of Instruction: English.
  • Certificate in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (Teacher Training Course), University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England, 1993, Language of Instruction: English.

M.A Thesis Title

  • A Phonological study of Palestinian Arabic and the influence of English on the dialect.

Ph.D. Thesis Title

  • A Sociolinguistic change in an expanding urban context: A case study of Irbid city, Jordan.

Positions Held

  1. Chairman, Department of English Language & Linguistics, Jordan University of Science & Technology, 2012- 2013, 2006-2007, 1999-2004, and 1996-1998 (Founder of the department).
  2. Dean, Deanship of Scientific Research, Irbid National University, 1998-1999. (Sabbatical year)
  3. Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science for five months (May-September, 1999), Irbid National University, (Sabbatical year).
  4. Acting President for three times (during the absence of the university president), Irbid National University, 1998-1999. (Sabbatical year)
  5. Chairman, Department of Continuing Education, Irbid National University, 1998-1999. (Sabbatical year).
  6. Professor, Department of English for Applied Studies, University of Science & Technology 2001-Present
  7. Professor, Department of English, Philadelphia University, Amman-Jordan, 2004-2005. (Sabbatical year).
  8. Associate Professor, Department of English for Applied Studies, University of Science & Technology 1996-2001.
  9. Assistant Professor, English Language Unit, University of Science and Technology, 1990-1996.
  10. Head, English Language Unit, University of Science & Technology, 1993-1996.

Awards

  1. An award granted by the British government (Overseas Development Agency) as part of its Technical Co-operation Program for studying a course of instruction- Teacher Training Course- for three months in English for Specific Purposes (ESP), at Lancaster University-England, in 1993.
  2. A Certificate of Appreciation awarded by the University of Science & Technology on the occasion of honoring the faculty members who have occupied higher positions in other academic and non-academic institutions. The commemorated faculty members were honored by the Ex-Prime Minister Tahir Al-Masri, the president of the University Council of Trustees.

Refereed Conference Presentations

  1. The 42nd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (England-Newcastle University). Theme: 'Language, Learning, and Context'', 3-5 September 2009. Paper presented “Promoting thoughts for provoking votes: A case study of Jordanian Parliamentary election).
  2. ENGLISH and ASIA: First International Conference on Language and Linguistics 2008, NOVEMBER 24 - 28, 2008, (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia. Paper presented. The Impact of Identity on Dialect and Cultural Maintenance among the Druze of Jordan.
  3. Sociolinguistics symposium 17, "Micro and Macro Connections", April 3-5, 2008. Vrije University, (Amsterdam-The Netherlands). Paper presented: Language choice on mobile text messages among Jordanian university students.
  4. IADA - International Association for Dialogue Analysis, 11th International Conference on Dialogue Analysis. March 26-30, 2007, University of Münster, (Münster, Germany). Theme: Dialogue Analysis and Rhetoric. Paper presented: A socio-pragmatic investigation of the persuasive strategies used in Al- Jazeera's "the opposite direction" TV Program.
  5. Communication and Information Structure in Spoken Arabic, 8-10 June, 2006. University of Maryland: Center for Advanced Study of Language. (Maryland, USA). Theme: Communication and Information Structure in Spoken Arabic. Paper Presented: The Pragmatics of Invitation Making and Acceptance in Jordanian Arabic.
  6. International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communicate (IALIC), Sixth Annual Conference. 9-11 December, 2005. Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer, (Brussels, Belgium). Theme: Europe Inside Out. Paper presented: Email as a mode of communication among Jordanian college students: A socio-Pragmatic Perspective
  7. University of Notre Dame, Institute for Educational Initiative (Montreal-Canada). International Society for Language Studies (ISLS Montreal 2005).Theme: General Linguistics. 18-20 April, 2005. Paper Presented: English in the workplace: An Analysis the communication needs of tourism and banking personnel.
  8. Ain Shams University, Faculty of Education, (Cairo-Egypt). Theme: The Language Educator in the Arab World: Guaranteeing an Active Learning Environment Tuesday 15th April - Thursday 17th April, 2003. Paper Presented: Translation loss in Address norms renderings from Arabic into English.
  9. Hong Kong University, (Hong Kong). Theme: Knowledge and discourse conference 2. 25-29 June, 2002. Paper presented: Arguments in adult-child interaction: "The children play TV show".
  10. University of Bayreuth, (Germany-Bayreuth). Theme: Language, Migration and the City. 22 -24 November, 2001. Paper presented: Language Sift among the Armenians of Jordan.
  11. RENNES University (France-Rennes). Theme: Social life and communication: an element of understanding in the evolution of language? August 30-September 1, 2001. Paper presented: "Love songs in Arabic as a mode of communication".
  12. The BAAL 33rd Annual Meeting (England-Cambridge). Theme: 'Language Across Boundaries', 7-9 September 2000 at Homerton College, (Cambridge-U.K). Paper presented "Letter-writing as a mode of communication between a L2 writer and a L1 reader: a sociolinguistic and pragmatic perspective (The Pragmatics of letter- writing).
  13. Jordan University of Science and Tech., Irbid-Jordan. Theme: 'The 1st ESP conference' 1998. Paper accepted for presentation: Audience design revisited in a diglossic speech community: a case study of three TV programs addressed to three different audiences.

Editorships

  1. Editing of Journals and Series:
    Guest Editor: Edited a special Arab issue of International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Aspects of bilingualism in the Arab world, Volume 9:1, 2006
  2. Guest Editor
    Edited a special Arab issue of Language, Culture and Curriculum. The Arab World: Language and Cultural Issues, Volume 13: 2, 2000.
  3. Editorial Boards
    Member of the Editorial Board of the following journals:
    1. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Multilingual Matters LTD., London. (2002- to Present).
    2. The International Journal of Language, Society and Culture. University of Tasmania, AUSTRALIA. (2008-to Present).
    3. Linguistics and Literature Studies. Horizon Research Publishing Corporation (2013-Present).
    4. Editor-in-chief
      Irbid Journal for Research and Studies- Irbid National University, (1998-1999).

Refereeing

A. Acted as referee for several times for the following international and local journals (refereeing more than 25 papers in different areas of linguistics):

  1. Language in Society
  2. Language Sciences
  3. SKY Journal of Linguistics
  4. World Englishes
  5. Language@Internet
  6. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
  7. Language, Culture and Curriculum
  8. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  9. Journal of Pragmatics
  10. Sociolinguistic Studies
  11. Irbid Journal for Research and Studies- Irbid Private University
  12. Journal of the University of Applied Sciences
  13. Damascus University for Educational Sciences

B. Acting as referee on the Promotion of Faculty Members:

  1. I acted as an external referee on the promotion of a faculty member to the rank of an associate professor in the department of English at King Abdul Aziz University Jeddah-Saudi Arabia, 2013.
  2. I acted as I acted as an external referee on the promotion of a faculty member to the rank of an associate professor in the department of English at King Abdul Aziz University Jeddah-Saudi Arabia, 2011.
  3. I acted an external referee on the promotion of a faculty member to the rank of a professor in the department of English at Kuwait University in Kuwait, 2011.
  4. I acted as an external referee on the promotion of a faculty member to the rank of a professor in the department of English at King Saud University Riyadh-Saudi Arabia, 2011.
  5. I acted as an external referee on the promotion of a faculty member to the rank of an associate professor in the department of English at King Saud University, Riyadh-Saudi Arabia, 2011.
  6. I acted as an external referee on the Promotion of a faculty member to the rank of a professor in the department of English at Kin Saud University in Riyadh-Saudi Arabia, 2010.
  7. I acted as an external referee on the Promotion of a faculty member to the rank of a professor in the department of English at Kuwait University in Kuwait, 2011.

Courses Taught

(Under-graduate level)

  1. Arabic/English contrastive linguistics
  2. Writing
  3. Reading
  4. Translation
  5. Semantics
  6. Syntax
  7. Sociolinguistics.
  8. Discourse Analysis
  9. Introduction to Linguistics
  10. General Linguistics
  11. General ESP courses for students of science and technology.
  12. English for Mass Media
  13. English for Business and Secretarial Work
  14. English for Medical Purposes
  15. English for Tourism and Aeronautics
  16. Learning Theories
  17. Methods of Teaching English as a Foreign Language

(Post-graduate level, M.A students)

  1. Arabicization & Terminology
  2. Sociolinguistics
  3. Semantics
  4. Pragmatics
  5. Translation
  6. Intercultural communication
  7. Applied Linguistics
  8. Research Design & Methodology
  9. English for Tourism

Research Interests

  1. Sociolinguistics
  2. Translation
  3. Intercultural Communication
  4. Discourse Analysis
  5. Arabic/English contrastive linguistics
  6. ESP (English for Specific Purposes).
  7. Teaching English as a foreign language.
  8. Pragmatics

Master's theses supervised at JUST

Eighteen M.A theses in the following areas of linguistics:

  1. Sociolinguistics (2012) (A contrastive study of the language of persuasion as used in Jordanian and British advertisements of tourism).
  2. Discourse analysis (2012) (Engagement devices in columns of satire literature published in Jordanian newspapers).
  3. Sociolinguistics (2012) (The Image of Women in English and Arabic Proverbs).
  4. Sociolinguistics (2011) (A Contrastive Analysis of SMS and Facebook Languages as Used by Jordanian University Students).
  5. Sociolinguistics (2011) (Dialect and cultural maintenance among the Syrian “Shwam” speech community of Jordan: A case study of Irbid city).
  6. Sociolinguistics (2010) (An Investigation of code-switching in newspaper advertisements targeting Jordanian bilingual consumers).
  7. Sociolinguistics (2010) (Tracing language change in the speech of three age groups inhabiting Ramth city: An Exploratory study).
  8. Sociolinguistics (2010) (Linguistic accommodation in kindergarten: The case of some private schools in Al-Ramtha city-Jordan).
  9. Applied linguistics (2010) (English Language Imperialism as Reflected in English language use in Jordanian Society).
  10. Contrastive Linguistics (2008) (A Contrastive Investigation into the use of Euphemistic Expressions in Jordanian and British Obituaries).
  11. Contrastive Linguistics (2008) (A Contrastive Study of the Persuasive Strategies Used by His Majesty King Abdullah II in Addressing Two Different Audiences: A Sociolinguistic and Pragmatic Perspective).
  12. Sociolinguistics (2007) (Language and cultural maintenance among the Druze of Jordan: A case study of a small minority group in Um Al-Qutain village).
  13. Discourse Analysis ( 2006) (A analysis of persuasive strategies: A case study of the opposite- direction program at Al-Jazeera TV).
  14. Sociolinguistics-Pragmatics (2006) (A Sociolinguistic Investigation of Turn-Taking System of Buying and Selling in Jordanian Society).
  15. Sociolinguistics-Pragmatics (2006) (Language Choice on Mobile Text Messages among University students: Globalization and Technology in Jordan).
  16. Sociolinguistics (2005) (Gift offering and responses in Jordanian Arabic).
  17. Sociolinguistics (2005) (Linguistic accommodation among Jordanian doctors in King Abdullah Hospital to the elderly patients).
  18. Pragmatics (2005) (An Analysis of Social and Stylistic Variation of Pragmatic Devices used By Jordanian People).

Examining Committees (Post-graduate level)

  • Acted as an external examiner for a PhD student “Semantics and pragmatics of Arabic religious formulae used by teachers in Saudi Arabian classroom talk," by Omar Saleh Al Malki, in the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2012.
  • Acted as an external examiner for a PhD student, “Code Switching among Malay Learners of Arabic at Pre-university Level: A Case Study,” by Mahmoud Mohamed Bashir, in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, 2012.
  • Acted as external examiner for fifteen PhD Students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Faculty of Education, Yarmouk University, Irbid-Jordan 2008-2012.
  • Acted as external examiner for twenty MA students in the Department of English Language and Literature, at Yarmouk University, Irbid-Jordan, 2005-2011.
  • Chaired eighteen examining committees for MA students in the Department of English Language & Linguistics at Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid-Jordan, 2002-2012.
  • Chaired six examining committees for MA students in the Department of English Language and Literature at Jadara University, Irbid-Jordan, 2011-2012, (sabbatical year).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of Professors of English and Translation at Arab Universities (APETAU)

University Committees and Councils

  1. Served as member of the Council of Higher Education-the Faculty of Higher Studies at JUST 2005/2006.
  2. Served as member on a university committee for writing the study plans of B.Sc. in ESP, and Translation and Interpretation for the Department of English for Applied Studies at the University of Science and Technology.
  3. Served as member on a university committee for writing the study plan of M.A program in Applied Linguistics for the Department of English for Applied Studies at the University of Science and Technology.
  4. Served as member on a university committee for developing a course on "Methods of Scientific Research" for postgraduate students at the University of Science and Technology.
  5. Served as member on a university committee for developing general ESP courses for undergraduate students at the University of Science and Technology(A project sponsored by The British Council in Amman and The Overseas Development Agency)
  6. Served as member on a university committee for developing ESP course for the students of Nursing.
  7. Served as member on the scientific research committee, department of English.
  8. Served as consultant for the English language students club at the university of Science and Technology.
  9. Served as member on a technical committee for preparing and writing the tender specifications for supplying two multi-media language labs at JUST.
  10. Served as member on a technical committee for studying the offers made by ten companies for supplying two multi-media language laboratories.
  11. Served as member on a delegation visited the University of Alberta in Canada (training visit) on how to administer and use multi-media language laboratories.
  12. Served as member on a committee comprising two other colleagues (professors) from Jordan University, Amman- for preparing and writing the syllabuses for two courses; 111 and 112 ( service courses) for the students of Science & Technology.
  13. Served as a guest member on the Scientific Research Committee, Irbid National University, 2000-Present.
  14. Served as member on the University Disciplinary Council for the University employees, at Jordan University of Science & Tech., from 2001-2004.

Community Service

  1. Acted as head of a committee formed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for setting forth the accredation standards for the Departments of English for Applied Studies in the Kingdom.
  2. Served as member on three official committees formed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the accreditation of four Private Jordanian Universities, (2000-2004).
  3. Served as member on a special committee (comprising five scholars) for refereeing and evaluating 17 published books, competing for wining the award of the innovative literary and humanity works (Sharhabil Ibin Hassana's Award), granted by Irbid City Municipality (2000-2001).
  4. Served as member on the national committee (formed by the Minister of Education) for preparing a compulsory English language plans for teaching English as a foreign language to university students.

Workshops and Consultancies

1990 A workshop on "ESP Theory and Practice". University of Science and Technology in co-ordination with the British Council in Amman, Irbid-Jordan.
1990 A workshop on "Staff Training and Development". University of Science and Technology in co-ordination with the British Council Amman, Irbid-Jordan.
1991 A workshop on "Staff Training and Development". University of Science and Technology in co-ordination with the British Council in Amman, Irbid-Jordan.
1992 A workshop on"Classroom Techniques". University of Science and Technology in co-ordination with the British Council in Amman, Irbid-Jordan.
1993 A workshop on"Project Evaluation". University of Science and Technology in co-ordination with the British council in Amman, Irbid-Jordan.
1995 The eighth workshop on "Teaching and Evaluation". University of Science and Technology, Irbid-Jordan.
2000 The nineteenth workshop on "The Use of Information Technology for Language Teaching"

Seminars

1991 "Teaching English for Specific Purposes"
University of Science and Technology, Irbid-Jordan.
1992 "Testing"
University of Science and Technology, Irbid-Jordan.
1993 "The Jordanian situation and JUST experience in ESP"
University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England.
2003 "Arabic Sociolinguistics"
University of Science and Technology, Irbid-Jordan.

Publications

Articles and Chapters

  1. Al-Khatib, M. (2012) Politeness in the Holy Quran: A sociolinguistic and pragmatic perspective. Intercultural Pragmatics, Volume 9-4: 479-509.
  2. Al-Khatib, M & Al-Ali, M. (2011) Language and cultural maintenance among the Kurds of Jordan, SKY Journal of Linguistics, 23: 7-36.
  3. Al-Khatib, M. & Zainab Salem (2011) Obituary announcements in Jordanian and British newspapers: A cross-cultural overview. Acta Linguistica, 5-2: 1-17.
  4. Al-Khatib, M. & Abdulaziz Alzoubi (2009). The Impact of Sect-Affiliation on Dialect and Cultural Maintenance among the Druze of Jordan: An Exploratory study. GLOSSA, 4-2: 1-34.
  5. Al-Khatib, M. & Enaq Sabbah (2008) Language Choice in Mobile Text Messages among Jordanian University. SKY Journal of Linguistics, 21: 1-27.
  6. Al-Khatib, M. (forthcoming) Communicating a message of love through singing. In Wyss, Eva Lia (ed.) Transformations of Passion. The Mediatisation of Intimacy in 20th Century. John Benjamin Publishers: Amsterdam/New York.
  7. Al-Khatib, M. (2008) E-mails as a mode of communication among Jordanian university students: A sociolinguistic perspective. The International Journal of Language, Society and Culture, 25:1-17.
  8. Al-Khatib, M. (2007). Difficulties encountered by Arab translators in translating love songs from Arabic into English. FORUM: International Journal of Interpretation and Translation, 5-1: 19-43
  9. Al-Khatib, M. (2007). "Innovative foreign and second language education in the Middle East and North Africa." In Van Deusen, Nelleke (ed.) Second and foreign language Education, Volume 4. Encyclopedia of Language and Education. 2nd Edition-Second and Foreign Language Education, Volume 4: 227-237. Springer: Germany.
  10. Al-Khatib, M. (2006). The pragmatics of Invitation Making and Acceptance in Jordanian Society. Journal of Language and Linguistics, Volume 5-2: 272-294.
  11. Al-Khatib, M. (2006) Aspects of Bilingualism in the Arab World: An Introduction. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 9-1:1-7
  12. Al-Khatib, M. (2006). "Preface" in John A. Morrow (ed.) Arabic, Islamic, and the Allah Lexicon: How Language Shapes Our Conception of God. Lampert, Ceredigion, Wales: The Edwin Mellen Press, Ltd.
  13. Al-Khatib, M. (2005) English in the workplace: An analysis of the communication needs of tourism and banking personnel. Asian EFL Journal Volume 7:2 http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/June_05_akh.php
  14. Al-Khatib, M & Al-Ali, M. (2005) Language and cultural maintenance among the Gypsies of Jordan, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Volume26-3: 1-29.
  15. Al-Khatib, M. (2004). Teasing and confrontational talk in adult-child interactions: "The children's play TV show". Grazer Linguistische Studien, 61: 1-24.
  16. Al-Khatib, M. (2004) Translating Address Norms from Arabic into English: Some difficulties and implications. FORUM: International Journal of Interpretation and Translation 2 (1):1-14.
  17. Al-Khatib, M. (2003). Love songs in Arabic as a mode of communication. Grazer Linguistische Studien, Vol. 59-Summer.
  18. Al-Khatib, M. (2003). Address Norms in Jordanian Arabic: A Sociolinguistic Perspective. Grazer Linguistische Studien, Vol. 59-Spring.
  19. Al-Khatib, M. ( 2001) The Pragmatics of Letter-writing. World Englishes, 20-2: 179-200.
  20. Farghal, M. & Al-Khatib, M. (2001). Jordanian college students' responses to compliments: A pilot study. Journal of Pragmatics, 33: 1485-1502.
  21. Al-Khatib, M. ( 2001). Language shift among the Armenians of Jordan. International Journal of the Sociology of Language,152: 153-177.
  22. Al-Khatib, M. (2001). Audience design revisited in a diglossic speech community: A case study of three TV programs addressed to three different audiences. Multilingua, 20-4.
  23. Al-Khatib, M. (2000) An Introduction: The Arab World: Language and Cultural Issues. Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 13 (2): 121-125.
  24. Al-Khatib, M. & Farghal, M. (1999). English Borrowings in Jordanian Arabic: Distribution, Functions, and Attitudes. Grazer Linguistische Studien, 52: 1-18.
  25. Al-Khatib, M. (1999). Joke-telling in Jordanian Society: A Sociolinguistic Perspective. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 12 (3): 261-288.
  26. Al-Khatib, M. (1997). Congratulation and thank-you announcements in Jordanian newspapers: Cultural and communicative functions. Language, Culture and Curriculum 10 (2): 156-170.
  27. Al-Khatib, M. (1997). Provoking arguments for provoking laughter: A case study of the candid camera TV show. Text, 17 (3): 263-299.
  28. Al-Khatib, M. (1995). The impact of interlocutor sex on linguistic accommodation: A case study of Jordan radio phone-in programs. Multilingua, 14 (2): 133-150.
  29. Al-Khatib, M. (1995). A sociolinguistic View of Linguistic Taboo in Jordanian Arabic. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16 (6): 443-457.
  30. Mustafa, Z. & Al-Khatib, (1994). Code-mixing of Arabic and English in Teaching Science". World Englishes, 13 (2): 215-240.
  31. Al-Khatib, M. (1994). A Sociolinguistic View of the Language of Persuasion in Jordanian Society. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 7 (2): 161-174.

Under consideration

  1. Al-Khatib, M. and Abulaziz Al-Zoubi. The Impact of Identity on Dialect and Cultural Maintenance among the Druze of Jordan. GLOSSIA.

Books

  1. Al-Khatib, M., Mustafa, Z., Elnasir, A., Khuwaileh, A., & Ma'ani, S. (1993) A Research-based Course for The Students of Science and Technology. Irbid-Jordan: Al- Amal Publishers. (Part of a project sponsored by The British Council in Amman-Jordan).
  2. Mustafa, Z., Elnasir, A., Al-Khatib, M., Khuwaileh, A., & Ma'ani, S. (1991). A course in English for The Students of Science and Technology. Irbid-Jordan: Al-Amal Publishers. (Part of a project sponsored by the British Council in Amman-Jordan).

Book Reviews

  1. Al-Khatib, M. (2001). Students writing in the University-Cultural and Epistemological Issues. Larys Jones, Joan Turner and Brian Street (eds.) Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamin Publishing Company, 1999. Pp. xv+232. ISBN 90272 18013 (Eur.)/ 1 55619 386 (US) (Hb; alk. Paper.). Language, Culture and Curriculum 14 (3).