About Us

Dr. Mouna Abou Assali

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mouna Abou Assali is faculty at Rabdan Academy. She holds a (EdD) from the University of Exeter (UK). She has taught and produced a variety of English language courses, teacher education, communication and leadership skills, as well as self-development workshops. Teacher professional growth, emotions and positive psychology in teachers and students, educational leadership, and educational technology are some of her research interests. She has published several book chapters and articles in professional development and language teaching journals.


    -   Doctorate of Education- EdD, University of Exeter, UK, 2013

    -   Masters in English Language Teaching- ELT, University of Sheffield, UK, 2005

    -   Higher Diploma In Linguistics, Damascus University, Syria, 1995

    -   Bachelor of Arts, Damascus University, Syria, 1993.

Teaching Areas

    -   ESL, Course leader and coordinator

    -   English language Enhancement project designer

    -   NOCN level 3 Trainer/Assessor

Research Interests

    Teacher professional growth, emotions and positive psychology in teachers and students, educational leadership, and educational technology.


    •   Title 1 : Abou Assali, M & Troudi, S. Positive and negative emotions of EFL Emirati Pre-service teachers during the practicum. In Coombe, C., Hiasat, L. & Daleure, G. (2022) English Language & General Studies Education in the UAE: Research Perspectives. Springer.

    •   Title 2: Abou Assali, M., & Al Dowaikat, M. (2021). Positive Perspectives Matter: Enhancing Positive Organizational Behavior. PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences, 7(2), 64-78. https://doi.org/10.20319/pijss.2021.72.6478

    •   Title 3: Abou Assali, M & Troudi, S. Expatriate Leaders’ leadership styles vs. Local subordinates’ perspectives in a United Arab Emirates higher education institution. Rhetoric and Communications Journal, Issue 40, July 2019

    •   Abou Assali, M. (2018) Challenges and learning opportunities: Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of integrating a digital story project into a literacy course. Rhetoric and Communications E-Journal, 37, ISSN 1314-4464.

    •   Abou Assali, M. & Kushkiev, P. (2017) A Positive Approach for Igniting ESL Teacher Motivation. In Abu-Rmaileh, S., Elsheikh, A., and Al Alami, S. Motivation and Classroom Management in the Digital World

    •   Abou Assali, M. & Kushkiev, P. (2016). New Approaches to Teacher Effectiveness. AWEJ,7, 1. March, 2016.


    •   Abou assail, M. (2015). A book chapter: Teacher & Student Teacher Emotions in Literature: A Critical Review. In Coombe, C. Khan, R.: Best Practice in ELT Voices: Voices from the Classroom. TESOL Arabia Publication.


Dr. Mouna Abou Assali
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