Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Ryan Fan

PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (expected 2018),

Graduate Student / Assistant Instructor
Ryan Fan



Moroccan Sign Language, Egyptian Sign Language, Language Contact, Arabic Dialectology, TAFL


Ryan Fan is a PhD student in The Department of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from Cornell University in 2010 with a B.A. in Linguistics and Mathematics, Ryan moved to Egypt to study Arabic in Alexandria on a Fulbright Grant (2010-2011) and in Cairo on a CASA fellowship (2011-2012). He is currently working on his dissertation research in Morocco (2016-2017). 

His academic interests include Moroccan Sign Language, Egyptian Sign Language, signed-spoken language contact, leveling and accommodation, and Arabic pedagogy. Ryan has worked as an Assistant Instructor and Teaching Assistant in the Arabic Flagship Program (beg, int, adv; 2012-2016). 

His other interests include chimes and carillons, folk guitar, houseboats, bread baking, and rock climbing. 


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40480 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.202

This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.


To be provided by instructor.


Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

40345 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM JES A307A

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.


Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs


To be provided by instructor. 

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