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Speech Language Pathology Department

Overview

The department of Speech-Language Pathology offers the first Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the UAE. It currently has 4 academic faculty members, who are involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and in innovative experimental research. The department has strong research and teaching collaborations with Colleges of Education, and Humanities and Social Science at UAEU, as well as with top international universities. The research interests of the faculty members include typical and atypical language acquisition, developmental and acquired language disorders, articulatory and sociolinguistic factors in dialectal variation in the UAE, and assessment and diagnostics of speech-language disorders.

Facilities

The Department of Speech Language Pathology has the following resources:

  • Neuroscience fNIRS Lab
  • Computerized Speech Lab
  • Stroboscopy Voice Lab
  • Ultrasound Imaging Lab

Teaching

The SLP Department offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Specch Language Pathology.

The program is the first of its kind in the UAE and contains a combination of on-campus courses and off-campus supervised clinical training held in rehabilitation centers and clinics in the country. Students will be trained on how to understand, diagnose and treat a number of speech and language disorders. Students will learn from qualified faculty members who studied in renowned universities across the globe.

The BSc in Speech-Language Pathology includes, among other courses:

  • Neurology for Speech, Language & Hearing
  • Speech Physiology
  • Child Language Development
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology

The graduates will be eligible to seek licensure by the Ministry of Health and Prevention to become Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), communication health professionals in charge of the assessment, analysis and intervention of speech and language disorders.

The BSc in Speech Language Pathology is a coeducational program, with joint female and male classes.

Academic Programs

Publications

  1. Al Kaabi, M., & Ntelitheos, D. (2019). Rethinking templates: A syntactic analysis of verbal morphology in Emirati Arabic. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1), 132. http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.428
  2. Engelmann, F., Grandlund, S., Kolak, J., Szreder, M., Ambridge, B., Pine, J., Theakston, A., & Lieven, E. (2019). How the input shapes the acquisition of verb morphology: Elicited production and computational modelling in two highly inflected languages. Cognitive Psychology, 110, 30-69.
  3. Leung, T., Ntelitheos, D., & Al Kaabi, M. (2020). Emirati Arabic: A Comprehensive Grammar. Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Comprehensive-Grammars/book-series/SE0550
  4. Marquis, A. (in press). LATFA: An assessment tool for Emirati Arabic-speaking children. In D. Ntelitheos and T. Leung (Eds.), Experimental Approaches to Arabic Linguistics. Series on Arabic Linguistics. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  5. Marquis, A. (2019). Verb production assessment test for Emirati Arabic children. In W. Zoghbor, S. Al Alami, & T. Alexiou (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st Applied Linguistics & Language Teaching (ALLT) Conference (pp. 87-99). Zayed University Press.
  6. Marquis, A., Al Kaabi, M., Leung, T., & Boush, F. (in press). An Eye-tracking study of phonological awareness in Emirati Arabic. In D. Ntelitheos and T. Leung (Eds.), Experimental Approaches to Arabic Linguistics. Series on Arabic Linguistics. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  7. Marquis, A., Al Kaabi, M., Leung, T., & Boush, F. (2020). What the eyes hear: An eye-tracking study on phonological awareness in Emirati Arabic. Frontiers in Psychology - Language Sciences, 11:452, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00452
  8. Marquis, A., & Royle, P. (2019). Verb acquisition in monolingual and multilingual children and adults. In P. Guijarro-Fuentes and C. Suárez-Gómez (Eds.), Language Acquisition and Development, Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2017 (pp. 307-324). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  9. Ntelitheos, D. (2019). A corpus study of the distribution of possessives in child and adult Emirati Arabic. In P. Guijarro-Fuentes and C. Suárez-Gómez (Eds.), Language Acquisition and Development, Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2017 (pp. 289-306). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  10. Ntelitheos, D. (Submitted). Tracing the acquisition of definiteness in Emirati Arabic. In A.-K. Ali and A. Hachimi (Eds.), Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXXIII.
  11. Ntelitheos, D., & Leung, T. (Eds.). (in press). Experimental Approaches to Arabic Linguistics. Series on Arabic Linguistics. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  12. Ntelitheos, D., & Szreder, M. (Contracted). Studies in Emirati Arabic Child Language. Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA]. De Gruyter Mouton. https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/575912
  13. Ntelitheos, D., & Pertsova, K. (2019). Root- and semi-phrasal compounds: A syntactic approach. In P. Farrell (Ed.) Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America (vol. 4. 30, pp. 1-14). http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v4i1.4530.
  14. Safi, Mohammed. "Assessing Discomfort Levels During Facial Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Using Discomfort Level Scale: A Preliminary Study." Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery (2020): 1-5. Doi: 10.1007/s12070-020-02173.
  15. Safi, Mohammed F., et al. "Effect of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Labial and Lingual Weakness." Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 34.2 (2018): 145-154. Doi:10.1097/TGR.0000000000000185.
  16. Safi, M. & Al Nuaimi, M. S., Digital Social Stories Improve Social Skills in Two Children with Autism: An Experimental Single-Subject Study. (under review). Doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2566-7
  17. Safi, Mohammed F. "Increased Laryngeal Vestibule Opening as a Result of Submental Surface Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Healthy Volunteers During Swallow and Non-Swallow Trials: A Physiological Experimental Study." (under review). Doi: 10.2340/16501977-0317.
  18. Szreder, M., Derrick, D., Ben-Ammar, C. (in press). Affricate variation in Emirati Arabic: An exploratory study. In D. Ntelitheos & T. Leung (Eds.), Experimental Approaches to Arabic Linguistics. Series on Arabic Linguistics. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Faculty

Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Extension
Dr. Dimitrios Ntelitheos Associate Professor and Chair dimitrios_n@uaeu.ac.ae 6400
Dr. Alexandra Marquis Associate Professor alexandramarquis@uaeu.ac.ae 5077
Dr. Mohammed Safi Assistant Professor msafi@uaeu.ac.ae 6234
Dr. Marta Szreder Assistant Professor marta.szreder@uaeu.ac.ae 5077

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Speech Language Pathology Department. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

United Arab Emirates University,
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
P.O.Box: 17666, Al Ain, UAE
Email: dimitrios_n@uaeu.ac.ae
Phone: +971 3 713 6400

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