R. Kirk Belnap

Professor, Asian & Near Eastern Languages

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas:

Teaching Experience

Whether “in the classroom [or]…direct[ing] activities outside the classroom [I am] responsible for contributing to this complete educational vision. A BYU education should be:

  • Spiritually Strengthening
  • Intellectually Enlarging
  • Character Building
  • Leading to Lifelong Learning and Service”
  • We, the Arabic faculty, are committed to excellence in language learning, but the most important lessons learned have little to do with language.


Project Perseverance (how to empower students to effectively self-regulate).

Selected Publications

Anxiety: Stress, Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety, and Enjoyment During Study Abroad in Amman, Jordan (with Dan P. Dewey and Patrick Steffen). Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 38:140-161. 2018.

Project Perseverance: Helping students become self-regulating learners (with Jennifer Bown, Dan Dewey, Linnea Belnap, and Patrick Steffen). In Peter MacIntyre, Tammy Gregersen, and Sarah Mercer (eds.), Positive Psychology in SLA, 282-301, Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, 2016.

Some unfortunate implications of unhappy Arabic teachers. Al-‘Arabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 40-41:87-103. 2008.

A new perspective on the history of Arabic: Variation in Marking Agreement with Plural Heads. Folia Linguistica 33(2):169-185, 1999.

Structuralist Studies in Arabic Linguistics: Charles A. Ferguson’s Papers, 1954-1994 (Edited with Niloofar Haeri). Leiden: Brill. 1997.

The institutional setting of Arabic Language teaching: A survey of program coordinators and teachers of Arabic in U.S. Institutions of higher learning. In Mahmoud Al-Batal (ed.), The Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language: Directions and Issues, 35-78. Provo, Utah: American Association of Teachers of Arabic. 1995.


Thanks to the support of great colleagues and administrators, we are making a difference in the world through our study abroad program and through the BYU Arabic Flagship Center and were able to do so for 13 years as the headquarters of the National Middle East Language Resource Center.

Citizenship assignments

  • Director, BYU Arabic Flagship Center (2017-present)
  • Program Director, BYU Amman, Jordan Intensive Arabic Program, 2006, 2007, 2017-19.
  • Director, National Middle East Language Resource Center, 2002-2015.
  • Program Director, Brigham Young University Damascus Intensive Arabic Program, Winter/Spring 2001.
  • Arabic Section Head, Department of Asian & Near Eastern Languages, Winter/Spring 1989/90, 1995, 1997-2005, 2013-19.
  • Program Director, Intensive Arabic Program, Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, Winter/Spring 1989, 1997.

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