Ph.D. 1990, University of Michigan
Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
50 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
tel: (212) 998-8883
fax: (212) 995-4689
Language and linguistics have been inextricably intertwined with my research, education, teaching experience and publication. My particular focus has been on Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, and Language Testing. I am also interested in pedagogical applications of technology and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
My next research project is writing a computer program specifically designed to hone the language skills of non-native speakers of Arabic at the advanced level. It comprises authentic lectures on various topics conducted in Arabic by professors and scholars who are not language teachers. This project will contribute to redressing the paucity of materials and interactive tools learners of Arabic at the advanced level encounter.
I have been educated at the University of Michigan, where I was awarded both a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1990 and an M.A. in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) in 1988, and at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where I was awarded an M.S. in Applied Linguistics in 1979.
My teaching experience has taken me to the University of Michigan, Princeton University, Columbia University, and Middlebury College in Vermont. During my summer teaching in Middlebury in 1991, I introduced my idea of using a camcorder to videotape students’ presentations to subsequently view, discuss and evaluate their linguistic performance. This has become a routine procedure at Middlebury ever since.
I have been elected to the Executive Board of the Association of American Teachers of Arabic (AATA) for two terms (92-95 and 2000-2003). I also served as one of the nine testers in North America certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to conduct Oral Proficiency Interviews in the 1990’s.