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African and African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
1440 Jayhawk Blvd,
Lawrence, KS, 66045
Hesham Aldamen is from Jordan and has lived in Lawrence, Kansas since 2011. He received a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature (with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication) and a master’s degree in Linguistics from Yarmouk University, Jordan in 1997 and 2007, respectively. He received his second master’s degree in Linguistics form the University of Kansas in 2013. He earned his doctoral degree in Foreign Language Education from the University of Kansas in 2018. He has been teaching English and Arabic as foreign languages for more than 15 years.
Mahmoud M. Ali is a GTA in the Arabic Program. He received his MA in linguistics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has also studied English language & literature, German and Arabic for his BA degree in his home country, Egypt. He has worked as English instructor at Defense Language Institute (Egypt) and Al-Baha University (Saudi Arabia), and as Arabic instructor at Ohio University. Mahmoud has done research on conceptual transfer, non-native English speech assessment as well as dialect perception and identification. He is also interested in foreign language pedagogy and proficiency assessment. He is currently working on his PhD in Education.
Alaa received his Bachelor's Degree from the English Language Department from the University of Kirkuk, Iraq. Since then he has gained experience by teaching English and the Arabic language; he has also been an English as a Foreign Language trainer and Language Teacher for the Iraqi Government. In 2013, he was specially selected by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to participate in Advanced Teachers Training Program at the Arizona State University. Alaa is a recipient of the 2018/2019 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) award. Through this, he is teaching Arabic the University of Kansas.