R. Kirk Belnap

R. Kirk Belnap

Professor, Asian & Near Eastern Languages

3064B JFSB



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3064B JFSB

Kirk Belnap is director of the National Middle East Language Resource Center, a Title VI LRC that brings together language experts from more than twenty universities. He is also co-P.I. with Robert Blake (U.C.-Davis) on the award-winning website Arabic without Walls and director of BYU’s STARTALK summer Arabic high school camps.

In Summer 2018, BYU was awarded a Flagship Grant for BYU’s Arabic Program. Dr. Belnap will assume the role of Director of the Arabic Flagship Program.


PhD, Linguistics, U. of Pennsylvania, 1991
MA, Language Acquisition/Arabic, Brigham Young U., 1986
BA, Linguistics, Brigham Young U., 1983 Arabic Language and Linguistics


The teaching of Arabic as a second language, language policy and planning, sociolinguistics, the history of Arabic, and L1 and L2 literacy.