Hewa Khalid

Visiting Lecturer & Kurdish Language Developer

  • hekhalid@iu.edu
IU Bloomington

Full Biography

Hewa S. Khalid is working on Central/Sorani Kurdish and Northern/Kurmanji Kurdish development and teaching. He defended his doctoral dissertation Teaching Kurdish As A Second Language in 2019. His current research focuses on Kurdish language and its dialects.


  • PhD, Social Sciences Institute, Dicle University, 2019.
  • MA, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 2013.
  • BA, Department of Kurdish Language and Literature, Koya University, 2009.

Research Interests

  • Kurdish Studies
  • Language teaching
  • Language continuum
  • Geographical dialects
  • Language contact
  • Kurdish language grammar 


  • Co-author of “Teaching and learning Kurdish in Kurdistan: Achievements and Challenges,” in Oxford Handbook of Kurdish Linguistics, Oxford University Press (*forthcoming).
  • “The Traditional Second Language Teaching Methods (in Kurdish),” edited by Ahmet Kirkan & Mehmet Yonat, Kurdish Linguistics, Peywend Akademi, 2021. 
  • “Kurdish as a Medium of Instruction in Iraqi Kurdistan, (in Kurdish)” edited by; Şehmus Kurt, Education and Teaching in Kurdish: Experience, Model and Suggestions, Ismail Beşkçi foundation, 2021.
  • “Kurdish Language, Its Family and Dialects,” Kurdiname, 2 (2), pp 133-146, 2020.
  • “The New Methods of Second Language Teaching and Their Influence on Kurdish Language,” Kurdiname, 2 (2), pp 17-52, 2020.
  • “Newroz from Kurdish and Persian Perspectives–A Comparative Study,” Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 7 (1), pp. 116-130, 2020.
  • Hinker: Elementary Central/Sorani Kurdish Textbook, Kurdish Institute in Istanbul & Koya University, Istanbul, 2019.
  • Co-author (responsible for the section on the Kurds), National Fabric, Iran’s Ethnic Minorities, Small media publication, 2015.
  • “Kurdish Dialect Continuum, as a Standardization Solution,” International Journal of Kurdish Studies, 1 (1), pp. 27-39, 2015.