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Dr. Munther Younes

Co-Founder & Academic Director


Munther Younes graduated from the University of Jordan with a B.A. in English in 1974 and a diploma in education with a focus on teaching English as a foreign language in 1975. He worked in Jordan and ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia as an English teacher before receiving a Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982. He then taught English and linguistics at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia before joining Cornell in 1990 as a senior lecturer in Arabic and director of the Arabic Program. At Cornell he developed what has become known as the Integrated Approach to teaching Arabic as a foreign language.


Dr. Younes has authored five Arabic textbooks, which have all recently been re-published by Routledge. They include the three-volume series 'Arabiyyat al-Naas, Kalila wa Dimna for Students of Arabic and The Routledge Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic.


He has published a number of articles on Arabic linguistics, teaching Arabic as a foreign language, and the language of the Qur'an and has held a number of workshops on the integrated approach in the United States, Alexandria (Egypt), Istanbul, Madrid, and Edinburgh.