Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator, Arabic Language Studies
Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla is a faculty member and Coordinator of the Arabic Studies Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) since 2010. He is 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.
Courses offered in the past two years.
- Current term ●
- Upcoming term(s) ○
This course is designed to help intermediate level students to comprehend media discourse in its written and spoken forms including advertisements, news bulletins, commentaries, reports, analysis, debates, talk shows, and documentaries. The course will also expose the students to the language of social media, which use the standard and colloquial varieties as well as borrowed words and phrases from other foreign languages.
Spring 2018 - MIIS
This is an introduction to the role of women in contemporary Arab world. The course will offer an overview of women’s contribution during the Arab renaissance era and their active role in the independence of Arab states as well as their role in public space specifically during the Arab Soring. Through group discussion, live lectures, and documentaries, the students will explore Arab women’s participation in national development and their efforts to use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to improve their status and address the issues of inequality and discrimination. In addition, the course will acquaint students with leading female writers, activists, and politicians who play a significant role in their Arab communities.
Spring 2018 - MIIS
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
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
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.
- 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.