I am very honored to be selected as an International Presidential Fellow. I was born and raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where I earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. Upon my graduation, I taught integrated language skills courses for learners of English as a foreign language at a middle school in Riyadh. I am currently pursuing an MA degree in English with a concentration in TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language) in Colorado State University. Since 2015, I have been a teaching assistant at CSU, working mostly with undergraduate students to help them learn aspects related to academic research and linguistics. I was recently awarded a Cross-Cultural Understanding Scholarship from the Department of English at CSU.
My research interests include corpus linguistics, second/foreign language acquisition, and pedagogy. My current research is focused on investigating the coverage and loading of lexical items in EFL textbooks utilized in Saudi K-12 schools. I was motivated to do this linguistic analysis after being introduced to corpus tools and reading recent studies that examined the vocabulary size of Saudi EFL learners during my first year in the MA TESL/TEFL program. The findings of this study will hopefully assist to determine if the vocabulary input of these textbooks enables the Saudi EFL learners to expand their vocabulary size.