Dr Sara Al Tubuly

Teaching Fellow and Course Organiser


Sara earned her PhD in Linguistics in 2016 from the University of Essex. Her research focused on the acquisition of Arabic by English-speaking adult learners, with a particular emphasis on aspects of speech production and perception. Sara became an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014 and a fellow of Advance HE in 2020. She further enhanced her pedagogical skills by completing the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from the University of Dundee in 2020.

Sara held positions at the Language and Linguistics Department and the Languages for All Programme at the University of Essex. She also taught linguistics courses to undergraduate students, in addition to other language courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Sara serves as a lecturer in Arabic and linguistics at ALM College in Dundee. She taught modules at various levels, ranging from SCQF5 to SCQF11. Recently, Sara joined the COL and ILE at the University of Edinburgh. She has also gained experience working in educational institutions abroad. She is the secretary of the British Association of Teachers of Arabic and a member of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, along with other professional associations.


2020        Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, University of Dundee

2016        Ph. D in Linguistics, University of Essex

2009        M.A. University of Essex

2007        Postgraduate Diploma, University of Tripoli 

2003        B.A. (Hons.), University of Tripoli

Research summary

  • Al Tubuly, S. (2020). Evaluation of the Cultural Content in Arabic textbooks, Language Scholars: Arabic Language Special Issue, University of Leeds - https://languagescholar.leeds.ac.uk


  • Al Tubuly, S. (2020). Review of ‘Introduction to Spoken Standard Arabic: A Conversational Course on DVD, Part 2’, by Shukri B. Abed with Arwa Sawan, AlArabiyya Journal, Georgetown University press. http://aataweb.org/alarabiyya



  • Al Tubuly, S (2016). ‘The production and perception of  Arabic stress patterns by English speaking learners: A comparison with native speakers. Ph.D. thesis, University of Essex. Published in http://repository.essex.ac.uk/17923/


Conference details

  • Nomination for People of CAHSS Award (2024-University of Edinburgh)
  • Digital and Innovative Teaching Award (2020/21 – ALM College)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Council Member and founder, British Association of Teachers of Arabic (BATA)
  • Member, 'Together we Build it' Child & Woman Rights Non-profit Organization in the Middle East (TWB)