Dr. Mattar is an Assistant Professor of English Applied Linguistics. He finished his BA in English Language and Literature from Aleppo University, Syria in 1978. He completed an M.Ed. TEFL in 1983 from the University of Wales, UK. His M.Ed. thesis title was Title of Master’s thesis: Towards a more communicative ESP programme for 1st year engineering students in the Gulf Polytechnic in Bahrain. He finished his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with a focus on contrastive linguistics and error analysis. The Ph.D. dissertation title was “A cross-sectional error analysis study of the common writing errors made by adult Arabic-speaking EFL learners in Bahrain”

His teaching and research career started in 1980 in the University of Bahrain, where he worked as a lecturer and then as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English for 35 years. He was the Director of the University English Language Centre from 20004 till 2008.

He is currently the Chairman of the Dept. of Foreign Languages at Ahlia University.


Post-graduate assignments (Bahrain University)

  • MA (Applied English Studies) “Arabic-English Code-Switching: A sociolinguistic study of Bahraini bilingual teenagers in private schools in Bahrain”, April 2002, University of Bahrain

  • M.Ed. (Foundation & Curriculum Development) _ Translation Elicitation techniques and mother tongue interference at intermediate school level in Bahrain- January 2000, University of Bahrain

  • Internal examiner of the dissertation submitted by an MA (Applied English Studies) student



A. Papers published in international refereed journals

  1. Mattar, H. E. “Is avoidance as a strategy ruled out by similarity? A case of subordinating conjunctions/adverbs in Arabic and English”, Accepted for publication in Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics (PSiCL)

  2. Mattar, H. E. “Translation elicitation techniques and mother –tongue interference: Any significant connection?”, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL). Vol. XXXVII/4, November 1999: 307-320

B. Papers published in regional refereed journals

  1. Mattar, H. E. “Is avoidance a reflection of mother-tongue interference? The case for the English present perfect tense”, International Journal of Arabic-English Studies (IJAES). Vol. 2 Nos. 1&2 June 2001: 141-155

  2. Mattar, H. E. “Teaching-induced avoidance of non-restrictive relative clauses by Arab learners of English in writing”, Journal of Human Sciences (College of Arts/University of Bahrain). Issue No. 1, Winter 1998: 9-20

  3. Mattar, H. E. “The effect of instruction on the acquisition of reduced relative clauses by Arab learners of EFL, ABHATH AL-YARMOUK, Literature & Linguistics Series. Vol. 15, No. 1, 1997: 97-117

  4. Kelliny, W. (1) & H. E. Mattar (2), ” Translation: Bridging the gap between the source and the target language”, Contemporary Education, Special issue on applied linguistics and research inquiry. Vol. 40 No. 1, January 1996: 131-148

  5. AL-Ansari, S. (1) & H. E. Mattar (2), ” The role of CALL in teaching grammar”, Contemporary Education, Special issue on applied linguistics and research inquiry. Vol. 40 No. 1, January 1996: 149-15


  1. Machine Translation. Bahrain University, 2009

  2. Using Google Images to teach English Idioms to ESL students (British Council) 2009

  3. “The effect of Instruction on the Acquisition of Reduced Relative Clauses by Arab Learners of EFL”, 1st International Conference on Literature, Linguistics and Translation (14-16 August 1998), organized by Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.

  4. “Teaching Multiple Word-Meaning Through Newspaper Headlines”, 2nd EFL Skills Conference: New Directions in Reading, 3-5 December 1995, organized by the Centre for Adult & Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.