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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ARLA 8234 - 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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ARLA 8293 - Comtemp Arab Society &Politics      

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8343 - Glblizatn/Dvlpmnt InMiddleEast      

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

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ARLA 8364 - ContempIssues US/ArabRelations      

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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ARLA 8387 - Contemp Boundaries Middle East      

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

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ARLA 8470 - 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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