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.
Professor Vassilieva is a teacher, author, translator, and editor. She appears regularly as a commentator on various national and international television and radio programs, such as Jim Lehrer’s Newshour and CNN International. Her published works include articles in the Soviet Environmental Watch, Environmental Resources and Problems in the Former Soviet Union, Nature, Moscow News, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Asahi Shimbun. She regularly contributes her analysis of Russian and Eurasian politics to Brazilian Jornal do Brasil.
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 have taught at the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Middlebury College, University of Oregon, Bryn Mawr College in Avignon (France), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Europeennes et Internationales in Nice (France).
Professor Matsuo taught at Monterey Peninsula College, Robert Louis Stevenson School and Santa Catalina School.
Professor Matsuo taught English in Japan before coming to the U.S., and has been teaching at MIIS since 1992. She has also taught at Monterey Peninsula College, Robert Louis Stevenson School and Santa Catalina School. She has published articles in Applied Language Learning, co-authored with Dr. Leo van Lier.
Professor Coly joined the Institute after completing his Doctorate at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he also taught. He gave lectures for the Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) at the University of Denver. Prior to his postgraduate work, Professor Coly taught French to foreign service officers for their language exam. He also trained Peace Corps volunteers in French, Wolof and Jola. His professional experience also includes teaching French and African History to Youth at Risk at Washington Ethical High School.
I joined the Institute after teaching at Middlebury College Chinese Summer Program and conducting research at the University of California, Berkeley. I am a believer of Docendo Discimus and 教學相長 (jiāoxué xiāng zhăng: to teach is to learn; teaching and learning promote and enhance each other), so during my teaching career I’ve never stopped re-investing myself as a life-long learner and as an innovator. Since 2001, I have attended academic and professional development programs, including the Teaching Chinese Program at Ohio State University, the German-U.S.