B330 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and Cultures
Sadam Issa is an Associate Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. His research interests range from discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, to research on anxiety in the classroom, the use of technology, visual rhetoric, and lastly, political cartoons. He has published articles in a number of journals including: Al-‘Arabiyya, Pragmatics and Society, Arabic Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Politeness Research, Popular Music and Society, The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), and the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He is currently writing a book on Arabic political cartoons. Sadam Issa is leading an Arabic Study Abroad Program in Amman Jordan (Click Here for More Information). He is also a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester with a full certification from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Awards and Honors
Michigan State University
Open Educational Resources (OER) Leadership Awards.
Michigan State University
Honor Instruction Award.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2009 and 2012.
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), U.S. Department of State
Department of State (USA)
ARB 101: First Year Arabic I
ARB 101: First Year Arabic II
ARB 201: Second Year Arabic I
ARB 201: Second Year Arabic II
ARB 301: Third Year Arabic I
ARB 301: Third Year Arabic II
ARB 401: Fourth Year Arabic I
ARB 401: Fourth Year Arabic II
ARB 360: Arabic Language and Society
ARB 461: Introduction to Arabic Literature
ARB 460: Special Topics in Arabic Culture
ARB 490: Levantine Dialect
ARB 491: Arabic Media
ARB 492: Arabic Culture through Arabic Films
IAH 210: Middle Eastern and World Political Cartoons
1- Issa, S.; Mohammad, A. (2022). Go Hybrid: A Case Study of the Students’ Attitudes, Challenges, Negatives, and Positives at Michigan State University’s Arabic Language Program. NCOTCL.
2- Issa, S. (2021). Picturing Atrocity: Visual Representations of ISIS in Arabic Political Cartoons. Visual Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2020.1866441.
3- Issa, S. (2020). “Comics and political cartoons in language education: Suggestions for Arabic as a Foreign Language in classrooms in the USA.” In Valentine Werner and Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (eds.), Pop Culture in Foreign Language Education, 121-135.
4-Issa, S. (2018). Comics in the Second Language Classroom: Shedding Light on the Subject. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 9(4):310-328.
5-Issa, S. (2017). A Study into Politeness Strategies and Politeness Markers in Jordanian Print Advertisements as Persuasive Tools. Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behavior, Culture, 13(1): 1612-5681.
6-Issa, S. (2017). Ibrahim Qashoush’s Revolutionary Folk Songs: A Music of Change. Popular Music and Society, 41(3): 283-301.
7-Issa, S. (2016) Picturing the Charlie Hebdo Affair in Arabic Political Cartoons. Arabic Studies Quarterly, 38(3): 562-585.
8- Issa, S. (2015). A Socio-pragmatic Investigation of the Persuasive Strategies in “al-ittijāh al-muʿākis” “The Opposite Direction” on Al-Jazeera TV. Pragmatics and Society 6 (4). 517–537.
9-Issa, S., & Abuhakema, G. (2011–2012). Rhetorical Properties and Generic Structure Analysis of Christian and Muslim Obituaries: The Case of the Egyptian Daily Newspaper Al-Ahrām, Al-ʾArabiyya, (44–45): 65–86.
Arabic Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbooks:
1- Issa, S., & Mohamed, A. (2021). Online Arabic Textbooks-First Semester. MSU Library. https://openbooks.lib.msu.edu/arb101/
2- Mohamed, A., & Issa, S. (2020). Online Arabic Textbooks-Second Semester. MSU Library.