Dr. Nader Ayish’s research interests are in multilingual education, literacy, and teacher preparation, with a focus on Arab and Arabic-speaking students. He grew up in a small town in Ohio in the United States and is a former middle school English teacher in Washington, DC and Houston, Texas. Dr. Ayish taught multilingual education to pre-service and in-service teachers at George Mason University and American University before joining the faculty at Khalifa University.
Dr. Ayish’s research interests have been shaped by more than three decades of teaching in diverse settings, from middle schools and universities in the United States to teacher education programs in ESL and bilingual education to teaching at Khalifa University.
His research centers on the complex relationship between learning and teaching within multilingual, multicultural settings. He has worked on a number of research projects focusing on second language acquisition, critical literacy and technology, intercultural communicative competence, critical pedagogy and learning, language barriers related to STEM education, and second language teacher education.