Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla is a professor emeritus and former Coordinator of the Arabic Studies Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) since 2010. He was also the Director of the Middlebury College Arabic Summer School. Prior to joining MIIS, Professor Abdalla taught and supervised undergraduate and graduate programs at various universities in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. He also has acted as an external reviewer and consultant for numerous academic institutions in the United States and abroad. He was a member of a team of professionals, which modified the ACTFL Arabic proficiency guidelines and developed the ACTFL Arabic proficiency writing examination. At MIIS, Professor Abdalla designed and taught a variety of courses and modules, which adopt the content-based instruction approach. He was recently awarded the Lilian Stroebe Centennial Recognition Medal from Middlebury College.

Professor Abdalla is the editor of Teaching Arabic in the Global World and an author of several articles on Arabic linguistics and teaching pedagogy. He also appeared in a number of Arab and US media outlets to discuss issues on contemporary Arab culture and Middle East events. These include The New Yorker, KSCO Radio, and the Egyptian Satellite Television.

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Summer 2020 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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Refugees and Foreign Labor in the Arab World

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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Spring 2022 - MIIS

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Arab Relation with the Indian Sub-Continent

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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Spring 2022 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Professor Abdalla’s research interests include second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and teacher education. He serves as a reviewer for prominent research journals such as MLA, ANNALS, and Al-Arabiyya. He also has extensive experience in building intensive and immersive study abroad programs as well as developing curriculum for a wide range of Arabic language and cultural studies programs. He has served as a member of the Executive Boards of American Association of Teachers of Arabic and Center for Arabic Study Abroad. Professor Abdalla has also been a guest speaker at many national and international conferences and has led numerous teacher training workshops and seminars.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • MA in Applied Linguistics, Essex University, UK
  • BA in Education, Cairo University, Egypt 

Professor Abdalla has been teaching at the Institute since 2010.