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Abir Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in Arabic in the Westminster Professional Language Centre and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She currently teaches and co-ordinates the delivery of Arabic on the University of Westminster Open Language Programme.  

 Abir has an MA in Bilingual Translation, PG Dip. in Social Science Research Methods, PG Dip. in Higher Education, B.Ed. in English Language and Linguistics, B.A. in English literature and CELTA qualification. Abir's research interests are in teacher development in Higher Education, intercultural competence, creativity in teaching and learning, constructivist pedagogies, assessment and feedback and heritage learners.


Abir has taught both English and Arabic from beginner to advanced levels since 2000 on various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK and overseas. She has also taught postgraduate diplomas in translation and interpreting and supervised MA dissertations.

Abir has designed, launched and is responsible for the delivery of five online Arabic language courses covering five levels from beginner to advanced. She has also developed schemes of work and assessments and led various projects and workshops to enhance teaching and learning within a variety of contexts.

Abir has acted as an external examiner for a number of British Universities and has contributed in an advisory capacity to a number of validation processes.


The Impact of Using Flipped Classroom Instruction on the Speaking Performance of Advanced Arabic Students Studying on the Polylang Programme at the University of Westminster.

A Pilot Study on Flipped advanced Arabic Language Classes: The Learner's prespective

Higher Education: Professionalism in Challenging Times

Conference Item

Ahmed, A. 2017. The Arabic Flipped Classroom: Creativity, Challenges and Opportunities. Creativity in Arabic Language Teaching and Learning. University of Westminster.

Ahmed, A. 2017. Flipped Arabic Language Classes – The Learner’s Perspective. Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education Conference. University of Leeds.

Ahmed, A. 2019. Developing Intercultural Competence among A1 Arabic Language Learners. 2nd Annual Arabic Language Teaching and Learning in UK Higher Education, King’s College.

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Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.