Mahmoud Abdalla

Director

 

Mahmoud Abdalla earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in applied linguistics at Essex University and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He has taught and lectured extensively on linguistics, Arabic language, and Arab culture and media in several universities and academic institutions in Egypt, Europe, and the United States. He is currently associate professor of Arabic Studies at the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). His research interests include second language acquisition, discourse analysis, heritage language learning, second language pedagogy, and language culture and identity. He is highly involved in teacher training, is a member of several academic associations, and serves on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic. In 1999, he received the outstanding teaching award from the Council of Students of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He also is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester through the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

 
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ARLA 8252 - Arabic Media      

Arabic Media is a course that is designed for students at the intermediate level. It introduces the language of print, internet, TV news media to students of Arabic and provides them with the basic skills and vocabulary required for understanding the language of newspapers, magazines, television, and internet news. It will cover a wide range of topics such as business, politics, current events, society, culture, and environment.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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ARLA 8293 - Comtemp Arab Society &Politics      

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8343 - Glblizatn/Dvlpmnt InMiddleEast      

This is course is designed to provide students with an overview about the development in the Middle East in the light of Arab Spring and the recent changes in contemporary Arab society. It will focus on several developmental issues such as Arab human development, economic growth, environmental challenges, democracy and role of civil society organizations. The influence of globalization on national identity and cultural heritage and the impact of regional conflicts on the development in this region is an essential component of the course. The course is conducted entirely in Arabic using authentic materials from Arabic books, periodicals, newspapers, magazines, social media, and Satellite TV stations. The class will meet twice a week.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8354 - The Influence of Arab Women      

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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ARLA 8364 - ContempIssues US/ArabRelations      

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8387 - Contemp Boundaries Middle East      

This is course is designed to provide an overview of the power of geographical boundaries in the Middle East and North Africa. It will discuss the regional conflicts and their impact on the stability of the region. It will also discuss the role of globalization in shaping the contemporary Arab identity as well as the impact of migration on Arab relations with their neighboring countries. The course will also touch upon social boundaries as a way to examine the recent changes in contemporary Arab society. The course is conducted entirely in Arabic using authentic materials from Arabic books, periodicals, newspapers, magazines, social media, and Satellite TV stations. The class will meet twice a week.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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The Arabic School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5230
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Arabic School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Email
arabicschool@middlebury.edu