Fatma Said

Assistant Professor

PhD Applied Linguistics (Birkbeck, University of London)


Fatma Faisal Saad Said took up her appointment as Assistant Professor here in August 2019. She currently teaches and contributes to courses in the English and Educational Studies (Applied linguistics) departments and is presently working on a project that explores Emirati family language policies and how these affect the acquisition of Arabic and English.

Fatma obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London (2015). Prior to joining Zayed University, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of York, UK (2015-2018) and then Associate lecturer in Linguistics at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018-2019). Her research is centred within Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics and primarily focuses on the bilingualism of Arabic-English speaking children and their families. Fatma aims to understand why some children raised as bilinguals do not become bilinguals, whilst others do and what factors contribute to the learning/non-learning of languages within the home and educational domains. The interdisciplinary issues of identity, agency, language development, language maintenance, language socialisation and family language policy inform her work. Additionally, she has an interest in how current research methodologies can be enhanced to support multilingual data collection, management and analysis.

Fatma is an Editorial Board member of Multilingua (De Gruyter) and a reviewer for peer-review journals and various funding bodies. She presents at conferences regularly and publishes on her research, in addition to supervising PhD students. She is also a visiting research fellow at the University of York, UK.


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Research and Professional Activities

Said, F.F.S. (forthcoming). Co-constructing trust and working with multilingual conservative hard to reach families. In Cohen Miller, A.S &., Boivin, N. (Eds.). Questions in Qualitative Research Methodologies for Multicultural Contexts. Abingdon: Routledge.

Said, F.F.S. (forthcoming). “No one teaches you how”: The challenges of transcribing and presenting multilingual data in sociolinguistics. In Samuelson, B.L &., Silvhiany, S. (Eds.). Learning to do research multilingually. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters (Researching Multilingually Book series).

Said, F.S.S. (under review). “It is my duty to teach them this language”: The burden of Arabic language transmission on mothers in the UK. European Early Childhood Education Resarch Journal.

Said, F., & Hua, Z. (2019). “No, no Maama! Say ‘Shaatir ya Ouledee Shaatir’!” Children’s agency in language use and socialisation. International Journal of bilingualism, 23 (3), pp. 771-785.

Szczepek Reed, B., Said. F., Davies, I., & Bengsch, G. (2019). Arabic complementary schools in England: language and Fundamental British Values. Language, Culture & Curriculum, pp. 1-16.

Said, F. (2018.) Discourses of multilingualism, identity and belonging: The view of Arabic bilinguals in the UK. Journal of Social Science Education, 17(4), pp. 84-101.

Li, S., Said, F.F.S., Said., Ancarno, C., &., Niksic, M. (2016). Using linguistic methods in clinical communication education. MedEdPublish. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2016.000119