Dr Mashail Haydar Ali

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After obtaining her first-class BEd and MA in Linguistics from the University of Mosul (Iraq), Dr Ali moved to the UK where she studied for her MEd (Open University) and PhD in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Since completing her PhD in 1995, she has been teaching the theory and techniques of translation practice, sociolinguistics, Arabic language and culture, and language policy and politics in the Arab World in a range of contexts, university departments and centres.  She has taught at the London School of Economics, Goldsmiths College, the City Literary Institute, the FCO’s diplomatic service, Imperial College London, and King’s College London where she became Programmes Director for the undergraduate and postgraduate language provision covering 15 languages. She coordinated the BA in Modern Foreign Languages with Education, and the MA in Language and Cultural Diversity. Dr Ali was external examiner for the University of Westminster (2004-2007) and University College London (2007-2011). More recently, she has been a consultant for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Language Policy and Standards Team and the Chartered Institute of Linguists.


As Director of Studies, Dr Ali is responsible for the academic oversight and quality assurance of a diverse programme of university liberal adult education in modern languages, classics, linguistics, language pedagogy and cultural studies within the Department for Continuing Education. In addition, she organises weekend and day events within the subject area of languages and cultural studies.      

Her teaching interests include applied translation studies, Arabic sociolinguistics, Arabic language and culture.

Research interests

Dr Ali’s research interests include:

  • Applied translation studies
  • Arabic varieties and language reform
  • Language policy and planning in the Arab World