Qasid Faculty & Staff

The Qasid Institute for Arabic is one of the leading centers for Arabic in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. As the Qasid Institute for Arabic's reputation has grown, its programs have made it the program of choice in Amman for embassies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. colleges and universities seeking excellence in Arabic language instruction.

Dr. Khaled Abu Amsha, Executive Director of CASA – Jordan
Dr. Khaled Abu Amsha is the Educative Director of CASA in Amman, the Academic Director at the Qasid Institute, and AMIDEAST's Arabic Studies Consultant in the Middle East. Since 1997, Dr. Abu Amsha has taught and lectured at various academic institutions, including the International Islamic University in Malaysia, the University of Jordan, and Brigham Young University in Utah, where he was a visiting professor at the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. Dr. Abu Amsha holds a PhD in curriculum development and methods of teaching Arabic as a second language and is finishing his second PhD in linguistics. His research interests include proficiency measurement, methods of foreign language teaching, teacher training, foreign language program evaluation, and curriculum design. He has written more than thirty books and papers, and has participated in many international conferences pertaining to Arabic teaching and linguistics.

Duaa Abdelhadi, Assistant Director at the Qasid Institute
Ms. Abdelhadi holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Balqaa Applied University. After completing her studies in 2007, she joined Qasid as the first female office manager.

Ayman Al Adarbeh, Senior Administrative Assistant
Mr. Al Adarbeh has been a full-time staff member at the Qasid Institute for over 8 years. Currently, he is the Senior Administrative Assistant in charge of helping CASA teachers and students alike with logistics and preparation, visas, and program field trips.

Banan Ammar, CASA Program Coordinator
Ms. Ammar studied Architectural Engineering at the University of Jordan and is currently completing a diploma in teaching Arabic as a second language from the same university. She joined Qasid in 2010 and has taught Colloquial Jordanian Arabic since then, establishing the institute’s first ‘Teaching Colloquial Arabic’ curriculum, which she continues to use in her teaching and training of other instructors.

Khalid Sanober
Mr. Sanober holds a bachelor’s degree in private education from the University of Jordan where he is currently completing a master’s degree and writing a thesis in Assessment & Evaluation. He joined Qasid in 2005 and has since been an instructor, trainer, author and coordinator. As a founding faculty of CASA in Qasid, Mr. Sanober has taught multiple reading courses. 

Manal Jasser Auda
Mrs. Auda is a doctoral candidate in Linguistic Studies. She has been at Qasid since 2008 as an Arabic instructor and a coordinator for the intermediate and advanced levels. In 2014, she was a manager for the Critical Language Scholarship program summer session. A certified ACTFL, she is also involved in training Arabic instructors and first grade curriculum development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As a CASA faculty member, she teaches “Contemporary Arabic Media and Classical Arabic Literature” and is currently developing a new course on classical theories of grammar and lexicon.

Fadi Ali Shatnawi
Mr. Shatnawi is an instructor and a coordinator at the Qasid Institute. He holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in the Science of Quran and it’s Canonical Readings. A certified ACTFL instructor, Mr. Shatnawi has been teaching since 2008 at various levels and programs at the Institute. A CASA instructor since 2013, he teaches courses in various topics including Quran Interpretation, Islamic Law, and Islamic Movements.

Ibrahim Al-Khatib
Mr. Al-Khatib is an instructor, coordinator, trainer and a curriculum developer at the Qasid Institute. He hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and is a certified ACTFL examiner. He has taught at multiple levels and for various programs at Qasid. Currently, he is a CASA instructor focusing on issues regarding the Syrian Crisis.

Nawras Abu Saleh
Mr. Abu Saleh holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of Science and Technology of Jordan. He also holds a higher diploma from the Australian Film Institute where he serves as a director and a lecturer. An award-winning director, Mr. Abu Saleh wrote and directed three films and an Al-Jazeera documentary for which he won Al-Jazeera award for Short Documentaries and ranked first at the Cannes Film Festival. Prior to Qasid, he taught at the New York Film Academy in Doha, Qatar. He teaches cinema for CASA.     

Amer Sheikh
Mr. Sheikh holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Jordan and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Arabic Language and Literature from the Middle East University.  Mr. Sheikh taught Arabic at several institutions before joining Qasid in 2003 where he teaches Classical and Modern Standard Arabic. In addition, he teaches for and is affiliated with many of Qasid’s programs, including AMIDEAST, BYU, CLS, Diplomat Program, and Oxford U. Mr. Sheikh is a certified examiner and member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Batool M. Dasan
Ms. Dasan holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Jordan. Prior to joining Qasid, she worked at various institutions as an Arabic instructor including the Ali Baba Language Center where she taught diplomats and members of organizations like the Red Cross. At CASA, she develops curriculum and teaches courses on business communication and Jordanian colloquial for beginners.

Basma Al-Sharif
Ms. Al-Sharif holds a master’s degree in translation (Arabic to English & English to Arabic) from the University of Jordan. She joined Qasid in 2009 as an instructor teaching at various levels and offered private workshops for diplomats and professionals. As a CASA faculty, she teaches courses on translation and is also involved in the development of the Level 1 Textbook for the Classical Program at Qasid.

Zainab Alhaj Hasan
Ms. Hasan is a graduate of the University of Jordan’s Department of Languages and Literature. She is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, and English. In addition to serving as an adjunct advisor, she is a curriculum developer and an instructor of translation at the Institute. Prior to joining Qasid, she was a Spanish instructor at KAFD and a translator at Molham Volunteering Team of Refugees’ Aid. She was also a visiting instructor at EDEP Institute in Istanbul. 

Syed M. Omair
Mr. Omair is an instructor, content developer, and curriculum designer at the Qasid Arabic Institute. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Religious Studies from Stony Brook University.  His journey in Arabic started at Level 1 in the Classical Department at Qasid in 2010. He then became a teacher in the Classical Arabic Grammar department and has taught at every level of the Qasid Grammar curriculum since 2011.  He also has extensive experience in private tutoring through Qasid Online, especially in translating and assisting graduate students in Arabic research.