Mahmoud Abdalla

Director

 
 Sunderland Language Center

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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ARBC6698 - Language Practicum      

This is a one unit course which is designed to give graduate students an opportunity to reflect on Arabic pedagogical theories and become familiar with a range of teaching strategies and techniques. The course includes class observation, lesson planning, a micro-teaching component and actual teaching demonstrations of the language skills. Students are required to conduct interviews with professional instructors during which they discuss the best practices as well as problems encountered in teaching the beginning, intermediate and advanced college level Arabic classes. To address the linguistic phenomenon of diglossia, students will practice teaching Arab dialect(s) alongside the formal varieties of the language. The course is offer in the last summer session towards the completion of the Master’s degree.

Summer 2013

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ARLA8234 - Arabic Speaking Countries II      


This course will be a study of the basic information needed to explore the Arab world and survive in the Middle East. The course focuses on enhancing abilities to communicate personal meaning effectively and satisfy personal needs and social demands to survive in an Arabic-speaking environment.

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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ARLA8252 - 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 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA8293 - Comtemp Arab Society &Politics      

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA8312 - Events in the Arab World      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA8397 - Arab-African Relations      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA8470 - Intl Migrations(MontereyModel)      


This course is designed as part of the collaboration efforts among MIIS language studies programs namely Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish to support students’ learning about the various aspects of the migration process across the international borders. The course will provide an overview of labor migration, human rights, humanitarian law and the role of reginal and international organizations. It will also shed light on the contributions of NGOs and the linkage between migration and development. Topics to be discussed will include the recent crises of refugees in Europe, migration across Latin American borders, immigrants’ (new) identity and their integration in the host country and the impact of migration on domestic industries and local businesses. The influence of globalization, demographic shifts, reginal and international conflicts on the future of migration will also be among the topics to be presented and discussed in this course. Besides the daily class meetings, there will be three plenary sessions where students from the four programs meet to share their experiences and provide their input on the common course themes. To ensure the use of target language, T&I service will be available during the plenary sessions as well as the guest speakers’ series.

Spring 2016 - 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

Barbara Walter, Coordinator
arabicschool@middlebury.edu