Dina El-Hefnawy received her B.A. in English Literature and Language from the English Department at the Faculty of Arts at Alexandria University in Egypt. She received an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo. She immigrated to the US in 1985. From 1989 until 1999, Dina taught Arabic at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Dina has been teaching Arabic at the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UMD since January 2004. Dina has been teaching English and Arabic in Egypt, UAE and the US over the last 20 years. She now focuses on teaching Arabic as a foreign language. She encourages her students to communicate with each other in Arabic both inside and outside of class for extra practice.