1. Bilingualism: The relationship between bilingualism and children’s cognitive development/ metalinguistic
awareness, Bialystok’s theory of analysis of linguistic knowledge and control of attention, bilingual
education of Arabic-speaking children as minority around the world.
2. Forensic Linguistics: Analysis of language in relation to crime, the law and terrorism.
3. Discourse Analysis: Academic genre analysis, comparing and contrasting Arabic discourse markers with
their parallels in English (e.g., but vs. lakin, thus vs. le’thalik)
4. Language acquisition: First v. second language acquisition, the critical period hypothesis (CPH),
Universal Grammar (UG), personality factors, etc.
5. English for specific purposes (ESP): Needs assessment, ESP/ESL program design/evaluation, with special
focus on English for security purposes.
6. Security translation: Focus on security terminology and text.