Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Mahmoud I. Abdalla

Associate Professor

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 was previously the academic director of the Arabic Language Flagship Program and the coordinator of the Arabic Program in the Department of Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. 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).

Expertise

Arabic language, Arab culture and media, linguistics, second language acquisition, language culture and identity.

Course List

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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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ARLA8290 - Topics in Arab Culture      

This course examines six key areas of relevance to the contemporary Arab world. Students will have an opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively while researching, analyzing and synthesizing information based on the six topics as follows:

 Migration, Displacement and Immigration

 Impact of Globalization on Arab Culture

 Activism and the Arts in the Arab World

 Contemporary Arab Writers

 Education and Economic Opportunity

 Tradition and Modernity: Stability and Change

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA8294 - Mediterranean Cultures      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA8312 - Events in the Arab World      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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ARLA8384 - Events in the Middle East II      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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ARLA8396 - Arab & Islamic Culture in Asia      

Spring 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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