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Brahim Chakrani earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the program of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Chakrani served as the President of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) from 2018-2020. He is an Associate Professor of Arabic Studies in the department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures at Michigan State University, where he serves as the Coordinator of the Arabic program.  His research interests include Arabic sociolinguistics, pragmatics, linguistic anthropology, second language acquisition and learning, heritage language acquisition and learning, and discourse analysis. Dr. Chakrani’s published research has been featured in some of the leading journals in linguistics, and he also serves in many professional and research organizations and consults Arabic programs nationally and internationally.