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.
After teaching all levels of Spanish and English as A Second Language at Prince George’s Community College, I served first as Coordinator of ESL and Director of Spanish, then as Chair of the Foreign Language Department. I have also taught Spanish at the University of Maryland, American University, and California State University.
Ever since I joined the Institute in the year 2000, I explored content- based instruction and the Mini-Monterey Model.
Lisa Leopold has taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Illinois Central College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Joliet Junior College, and at El Centro de la Niña Trabajadora in Quito, Ecuador. Her teaching experience includes instructing university undergraduate and graduate students, community college students, refugees, and children. She has also researched and produced a proposal for an intensive English as a Second Language curriculum for a community college.
Professor Vassilieva is a teacher, author, translator and editor. She authored The Russian Émigré Presson Democracy in Russia, 1980-1990s, co-authored a study Influence on Russian Culture on RussianNegotiating Style, co-edited Russia and East Asia: Informal and Gradual Integration, Crossing NationalBorders : Human Migration Issues in Northeast Asia, translated Dead End: the Road to Afghanistan, The Road to Home, Colors of Jazz.
Professor Oliva is currently doing research on Distance Learning and the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Professor Oliva has taught Teaching English as a Foreign Language courses in various schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina before emigrating to the US. Since then he has been working at Craven Community College in North Carolina and Empire State College in New York. He has been teaching courses on methodology during summer time at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and designed curricula to teach medical Spanish and Long distance courses.
I hold a PhD in political science from the University of Toulouse (France). My background is in political science and international relations. I have taught at the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Middlebury College, University of Oregon, Bryn Mawr College, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes et Internationales in Nice (France).
"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world." – Paulo Friere, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us.” – Don Delillo, American novelist