Staff profile - Zouhir Gabsi

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Dr Zouhir Gabsi

Position: Lecturer In Arabic
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46411 +61 3 924 46411



Dr Zouhir Gabsi is a lecturer of Arabic Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne Australia. He has wide interest in research including language teaching, minority languages and more recently Islamophobia, Arab Spring, Youth Identity and Islamic Discourse.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Diploma of Education), University of Western Sydney, 1993
  • Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics), University of New South Wales, 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney, 2004


Teaching Interests

Arabic language and Culture

French language and culture


Bilingualism and Biculturalism

Expertise summary

General linguistics and sociolinguistics Berber studies Arabic studies Islamic Studies

Knowledge areas

General Linguistics

Applied linguistics

Arabic language and culture

French language and culture

Berber language and culture

Discourse analysis

Student supervision

  • Lexical Problems in English to Arabic Translation: A Critical Analysis of Health Documents in New South Wales’
  • ‘Acculturation of Arab students learning English in Australia & new Zealand.
  • Finance English

Conferences and seminars

  •  2004-Title: ‘The Berber language in Tunisia’, presented at ALLA conference.
  •  2005-Title: ‘Testing and Evaluation in non-government schools’. (Chair: Dr Bruno Dibiase)
  •  2009-Title: ‘Bilingual Education in Australia’. Guest lecturer at UWS (Chair: Dr Ruying Qi).
  • 2012-Title: ‘The notion of CASE in MSA’. Guest lecturer at UWS. (Chair: Dr Bruno Dibiase)
  • 2012-Title: ‘Good Teaching Practice’. UWS TILL seminar (Chair: Dr Mustapha Taibi)
  • 2014-Title: ‘Exploring innovative language learning course design: challenges and dilemmas from the arabic for specific purposes pilot course’. Kutching, Malaysia.
  • July 2015-Title: “Educated Youth Identity in Tunisia: Awakened Identity after the Arab Spring. International Symposium - The Arab Exception? Deakin University
  • November 2015-Title, “AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE OF ISLAMOPHOBIA’ Waikato University, New Zealand


Research projects


Research interests

Arabic language and culture


Berber studies

Discourse analysis

Islamic studies



• Gabsi, Zouhir 2011, Attrition and maintenance of the Berber language in Tunisia, International journal of the sociology of language, vol. 2011, no. 211, pp. 135-164.
• Gabsi, Zouhir 2013, A Concise grammar of the Berber language of Douiret (Southern Tunisia), LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany.  
• Gabsi, Zouhir, Patel, Fay and Hamad, Ahmed 2015, Trials and tribulations of Sla framework in designing Arabic courses for speakers of other languages, Journal of education and e-learning research, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 13-21.
• Gabsi, Zouhir. 2015. Response to Islamophobia in the Arabic Islamic discourse: A critical discourse Analysis, Intellectual Discourse, 23:2 (2015) 229-254
• Gabsi, Zouhir 2015 (under review), Educated Youth in Tunisia: Awaked Identity after the Arab Spring, Journal of north African Studies
• Gabsi, Zouhir.2016. (Accepted for publication). Islamophobia: An Islamic Perspective, Journal
of Islam and Islam-Christian Relations.


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