Dr. Abdessattar Mahfoudhi

Dr. Abdessattar Mahfoudhi

Head of Program / Associate Professor

English
Email: a.mahfoudhi@ack.edu.kw
Qualification: Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Ottawa, Canada

  • First and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
  • Language and Literacy Disabilities
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
  • Boudelaa, S., Norris, D., Mahfoudhi, A. & Kinoshita, S. (forthcoming). Transposed letter priming effects and allographic variation in Arabic: Insights from the same different task. Journal of Memory and Language.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. & Abdalla, F. (2017). Language development and impairment in Arabic-speaking children: Introduction to the special issue. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2(1), 1-11.
  • Everatt, J., Mahfoudhi, A., Al-Manabri, M., & Elbeheri, G. (2015).  Dyscalculia in Arabic speaking children: Assessment and intervention practices. In Steve Chinn (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Dyscalculia and Mathematical Learning Difficulties. Routledge. 
  • Scior, K., Hamid, A., Mahfoudhi, A. & Abdalla, F. (2013). The relationship between awareness of intellectual disability, causal and intervention beliefs and social distance in Kuwait and the UK. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 3896-3905. (Journal Impact Factor: 4.41)
  • Abdalla, F., Aljenae, K., & Mahfoudhi, A. (2013). Plural noun inflections in Kuwaiti children with and without Specific Language Impairment. Journal of Child Language, 40(1), 139-168. (Journal Impact Factor: 1.41)
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Everatt, J., & Elbeheri, G. (2011). Introduction to the Special Issue of Reading and Writing: "Litearcy in Arabic". Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 24(9), 1011-1018. (Journal Impact Factor: 1.44)
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J., Mahfoudhi, A., Abu-Diyar, M. & Taibah, N. (2011). Orthographic processing and reading comprehension among Arabic speaking mainstream and LD children. Dyslexia, 17(2), 123-142.  (Journal Impact Factor: 1.12)
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J., & Al-Rashidi, M. (2010). The role of morphological awareness in reading comprehension among typical and Learning Disabled native Arabic speakers. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43, 500-514. (Journal Impact Factor: 1.77)
  • Haynes, C. & Mahfoudhi, A. (2010). Developing an MSL language program in Arabic. Perspectives on Language and Literacy: The International Dyslexia Association, 36(1), 41-42.
  • Elbeheri, G., Mahfoudhi, A. & Everatt, J. (2009). Dyslexia in the Arab world. Perspectives on Language and Literacy: The International Dyslexia Association, 35(1), 9-12.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. & Haynes, C. (2009). Teaching phonological awareness: General issues. In Gavin Reid et al. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Dyslexia (pp. 139-156). Routledge.
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Elbeheri, G. & Everatt, J. (2009). Reading and dyslexia in Arabic: Major research findings. In Gavin Reid et al. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Dyslexia (pp. 311-320). Routledge.
  • Haynes, C. W., Ayre, A., Haynes, B., & Mahfoudhi, A. (2009). Reading disabilities in Spanish- and Spanish-English contexts. In Gavin Reid et al. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Dyslexia (pp. 321-336). Routledge.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2007a). Roots and patterns in Arabic lexical processing. In Elabbas Benmamoun (Ed.), Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XIX (123-150). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2007b). The place of the etymon and the phonetic matrix in the Arabic mental lexicon. Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 7(4), 74-101.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2006). Abstractness in lexical processing: How far could we go? In I. A. Mackay (Ed.) Cahiers Linguistiques d’Ottawa/Ottawa Papers in Linguistics. A Special Issue: Psycholinguistic Shorts, 34, 75-85.
  • Mustafawi, E. & Mahfoudhi, A. (2005/2006). The development of Binding Principles in Qatari Arabic. Al-’Arabiyya, 38-39, 19-44.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2005). Moraic syllable structure and edge effects in Arabic. In Alhawary, Mohammad T. and Elabbas Benmamoun (Eds.), Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XVII- XVIII (27-48). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2004). Reading Semitic languages: Are some letters/phonemes “more equal” than others? Languages and Linguistics, 13, 1-21.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2003). Writing processes of EFL students in argumentative essays: A case study. I.T.L. Review of Applied Linguistics, 139-140, 153-190. (Journal Impact Factor: 0.21)
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2002). Agreement lost, Agreement regained: A minimalist account of word order and agreement variation in Arabic. California Linguistic Notes, 27 (2), 1-28.
  • Mustafawi, E. & Mahfoudhi, A. (2002). The development of binding principles: New findings. Cahiers Linguistiques d’Ottawa, 30, 119-138.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2001b). ESL/EFL writing: Towards an integrative approach. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 27(2), 149-166.
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2001a). Teaching EFL writing: Students’ hidden agenda. Cahiers Linguistiques d’Ottawa, 29, 19-49.
Books and Tests
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (in press). Sounds and Letters (أصوات وحروف): A preventive program to teach phonological awareness and early decoding skills (two volumes in Arabic + electronic games). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait.
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Al-Manabri, Everatt, J. & Elbeheri, G. (forthcoming). “I Am Part of the Equation!” An individualized, structured, multisensory teaching program for students with dyscalculia or mathematical difficulties. CCET.
  • Abu-Diar, M., Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J. & Mahfoudhi, A. (2015). Test of Working Memory for Children. Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait.
  • Elbeheri, G., Abu-Diar, M., Mahfoudhi, A., & Everatt, J. (2013). Test of Reading and Spelling for Children (in Arabic - Standardized in Kuwait). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait (92 pages)
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Elbeheri, G., Abu-Diar, M., & Everatt, J. (2013). Test of Morphology and Orthography for Children (in Arabic - Standardized in Kuwait). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait (72 pages)
  • Abu-Diar, M., Elbeheri, G, Taibah, N., Mahfoudhi, A. & Everatt, J. (2012). Phonological processing and reading and writing difficulties (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait (112 pages)
  • Abu-Diar, M., Elbeheri, G. & Mahfoudhi, A. (2011). A glossary of the common terms in learning disabilities (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait. (274 pages + electronic version)
  • Abu-Diar, M., Elbeheri, G., Mahfoudhi, A., & Hattab, S. (2011). A guide to the curriculum-based tests of Arabic (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait. (based on the Kuwaiti Arabic language curricula) (208 pages)
  • Mahfoudhi, A. et al. (2010). I read and write! An Arabic multi-sensory structured language program to remedy reading and writing problems (K-9) (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait. (This program contains nine books and a teaching aids box, detailed below.)
  • Mahfoudhi, A. (2010). Studies in the Arabic mental lexicon: Implications for theories of morphology and lexical processing. VDM Verlag. (208 pages). [Monograph based on my doctoral dissertation]
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Haynes, C., Abu-Diyar, M., & Elbeheri, G. (2010). Orton-Gillingham-based strategies for teaching reading and writing skills (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait. (82 pages).
  • Taibah, N., Elbeheri, G., Abu-Diar, M., Mahfoudhi, A., Everatt, J., & Haynes, C. (2010). Test of Phonological Processing for Children (in Arabic - Standardized in Kuwait and Jedda, Saudi Arabia). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait and Prince Salman Center for Disability Research. (87 pages)
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Abu-Diar, M., Hattab, S., & Dirdeer, A. (2010). Curriculum-based Arabic tests for Kuwaiti students Grades 1 through 9 (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait.  (70 pages).
  • Elbeheri, G., Everatt, J., Mahfoudhi, A. & Abu-Diar, M. (2009).  Dyslexia: A guide for Arab researchers (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait. (223 pages).
  • Mahfoudhi, A., Elbeheri, G, & Haynes, C. (2009). A Guide to the most common letters, words and patterns in the Kuwaiti national curriculum from grades 1 to 5 (in Arabic). Center for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait.  (52 pages).
Edited/co-edited Volumes
  •  (2017). Learning and Teaching English in the Arab Context: Challenges and Practical Classroom Applications. Proceedings of the first and second ACK Annual conferences on English as a Second Language and Literacy. The Australian College of Kuwait. 
  • (2017). Special issue of the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics on Language Development and Impairment in Arabic-speaking children.
  •  (2015). Inaugural issue of the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics on language and literacy in the Arab World--Teaching English as an Additional Language.
  •  (2011). Special Issue of Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal on “Literacy in Arabic.” Springer.
  • (2005). Volume 33 of Cahiers Linguistiques d’Ottawa/Ottawa Papers in Linguistics (Peer-reviewed Working Papers of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa). ISSN 0315-3967 print and ISSN 1913-4274 online
  • (2003). Volume 31 of Cahiers Linguistiques d’Ottawa/Ottawa Papers in Linguistics.
  • (2002). Volume 30 of Cahiers Linguistiques d’Ottawa/Ottawa Papers in Linguistics.