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Lina Gomaa

Visiting Instructor in Arabic

Lina Gomaa, Visiting Instructor and Arabic section head.

Lina Gomaa is joining the faculty of Lewis & Clark College as Visiting Instructor of Arabic and Arabic Section Head in 2020. She obtained an MA in Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting from University of Salford, UK, and her BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College, USA. Additionally, she received her first training as an instructor at Beloit where she obtained a certificate in Teaching English as a Second language. In Cairo, Egypt, she received a BA in Arabic/English Translation and English literature. At the American University in Cairo, she obtained a certificate in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign language. She received COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) training, for online virtual exchange, and taught her first COIL course with American and Algerian students in Spring 2020.

She has been teaching Arabic for over 10 years, eight of which has been at Portland State University, where she was awarded twice John Eliot Allen Outstanding teacher award for excellent teaching. Additionally, she is a Voicethread Educator for online teaching and an Oral Proficiency Interviewer (ACTFL) of Arabic. She has taught a variety of courses including Consecutive Translation, Egyptian Movies and Literature, Arabic Media, Colloquial Arabic, along with teaching first and second year online and in person. She published her online book From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic, which has been downloaded over 2000 times all over the world.


Gomaa, Lina (2010). “Five Writing Trouble Spots for ESL Students of Arabic.” Teaching Community: Where Teachers meet and learn. Retrieved from…

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On Zoom on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 and by appointment.

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Lina Gomaa’s office is located in Miller Building for Arts and Humanities.

Lina Gomaa Visiting Instructor in Arabic

World Languages and Literatures, Arabic Lewis & Clark 615 S. Palatine Hill Road MSC 30 Portland OR 97219 USA