2016-2017 Qatar University Fellow

Hadeel Al-Khatib is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Qatar University. She received an MA in Translation Studies in the Arabic Israeli conflict from Salford University. Her Doctorate degree is from University College London where she researched the impact of neoliberalism on Qatar’s language policy and language planning. Her research interests include language policies with particular reference to relationships between national identity and discourse, the marketization of higher education, neoliberalism, translation in conflicts, discourse analysis and virtual ethnography. She tweets under @HadeelAlkateeb.

During the course of Al-Khatib's fellowship at CIRS, she aims to examine critically the current and future directions of Qatar University’s Language in Education Policy of either developing its bilingual education programs or implementing an Arabic monolingual model as stated in the strategic planning cycle 2017-2019. Her aim is to answer the question: what combination of language instruction will ensure that Qatar University’s students gain the subject content knowledge and skills necessary for higher education and employment. This answer will enable Qatar University to implement a Language in Education Policy that satisfies the needs of its various stakeholders and contributes to Qatar’s sociocultural and socioeconomic development. Using Watts and Stenner (2012) Q-sorting research methodology her research project will provide Qatar University with research-based recommendations that enable the university to decide on the best model that enables students to gain full participation in society and the economy through equitable and meaningful access to education.