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Saad, Zohra

Saad, Zohra

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
World Languages, Literatures and Humanities

Phone: 718-262-3827
Office Location: AC-3D09

Office Hours  
Tuesday  3:00- 4:00 pm 
Monday/Wednesday  3:00-4:00 pm 
By appointment   


Degree Institution Field Dates
EDD  Teachers' College, Columbia University  Applied Linguistics  1992 
MA  Boston University  Education  1979 
BA  University of Algiers  Teaching English as a Foreign Language  1976 
As an Assistant-Professor of ESL and French at York College, I put my training in second language acquisition into practice teaching both English as a Second Language and French as a Foreign Language. I am also the coordinator for the French discipline. Having grown in a multilingual, multicultural country, I have always been fascinated by languages and their expressive capability as well as their importance to the identity of the individual. Having experienced first-hand the implementation of Arabization, I have naturally become interested in this process and the policies aimed at ensuring the primacy of Modern Standard Arabic in Algeria. I am also interested in the attitudes of Algerian language users towards MSA, Algerian Arabic, and the Tamazight language. I am equally interested in the re-emergence of Amazigh ethnic identity in Algeria and the fight for linguistic rights

Areas of Expertise

Language planning and its impact
Language policy attitudes
Minority language rights

Books in Field Of Expertise

Ghelli, Samuel & Zohra Saad (editor). Reference Grammar of Contemporary Italian for English Speakerss. New York: Bordighera Press (, March 11, 2013. 270.

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Language Policies, Conflicts, and Rights in Post-Colonial Algeria " 07/15/09: 11th International Pragmatics Conference.

" Arabic Language Hegemony and the Denial of Amazighe Linguistic Rights in Algeria " 06/3/ 2010: John Jay International Conference: Societies in Transition:Balancing Security, Social Justice, and Tradition, Marrakech, Morocco.

" The Role of Language Revitalization in the Struggle for Language Rights " 06/4/2010: John Jay International Conference: Societies in Transition: Balancing Security, Social Justice and Tradition.

" Language and Identity in Algeria " 07/01/2010: Eighth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, UCLA, California.

" Exclusion, Marginalization, and Minority Language Rights " 6/11/11: Ninth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of Granada, Spain.

" Game Over: The Sociolinguistics of the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions " 4/24/2012: IOSSBR Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

" Of Gods and Men: Confronting terrorism in Film " 5/31/2014: John Jay College Left Forum 2014.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

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PSC/CUNY Grant, Attitudes towards Languages and Language Planning In Algeria. 2011-2012: $3,000.00.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

International Pragmatics Association: 2009 to date.

TESOL: 2010 to date.