Firas Alzain

Firas Alzain
Language Lecturer of Arabic

Firas Alzain is an Arabic Lecturer at NYU Shanghai, who holds a MA in Arabic Studies from Sorbonne-Nouvelle University and a BA in French Studies from Damascus University. His master's research was a linguistic analysis of Arabic folk tales.

His teaching experience started with the French Ministry of National education as an Arabic assistant. In 2013, he founded Calam, a center for Arabic studies in Paris. He created and published handbooks and videos on Arabic teaching methodologies for French learners. He also taught at a number of institutions in Paris-France, such as Sciences Po and Celsa-Sorbonne Université.

His goal is to work on individual and collective projects aiming at developing the teaching of the Arabic language, dialects and cultures.



  • MA, Arabic Studies
    Sorbonne-Nouvelle University
  • BA, French Studies
    Damascus University

Research Interests

  • Modern and medieval literature (Arabic and foreign)
  • Arabic folk tales