East Hall, room 109, 632 SW Hall Street
Join Mohamed Daoud, Professor of Applied Liguistics, Institut Spérieur des Langues de Tunis (ISLT), Tunisia, and Fulbright Fellow in the Portland State University Department of Applied Linguistics, for an informal discussion of contemporary Tunisia.
Mohamed Daoud received his education in the Arabic/French state school system in Tunisia until he graduated in 1978, at the age of 24, with a maîtrise (B.A.) in English Language and Literature and then started teaching English in secondary school. In 1980-81, he completed a Fulbright-funded Master’s degree in Linguistics at San Diego State University (U.S.A.) and then resumed teaching English in Tunisia and served as Director of Studies and Deputy Director of the Pioneer School for Teaching the Sciences in English, in Tunis, a pilot project that attempted to switch from French to English as the language of instruction in the sciences. In 1987, he received a second Fulbright scholarship and, in 1991, completed his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA and Cal. State, Los Angeles, he taught Modern Standard Arabic, ESL, and Applied Linguistics. He joined the ISLT as Associate Professor in 1993, then Professor in 1995, as well as Director of the ESP Resource Center (1995-2002). He lectured in Saudi Arabia (2002-2004) and has developed extensive knowledge of the state of English language teaching in the Arab World.
His research interests include reading problems of nonnative speakers of English in the academic disciplines, curriculum design and evaluation, and language policy and planning. He has led several English language syllabus design projects for the ministries of education and professional training and for several higher education institutions (engineering, business and economics, medicine) and continues to serve on national committees to implement educational reform. He was the lead author of two textbook series in EFL and ESP/EPP in Tunisia. He has presented frequently, at both local and international conferences, on issues related to ESP, teacher education and development, and language in education policy and planning. His most recent publications include an Arabic translation of a book about reading in the globalization era: The book: A world transformed, UNESCO Publications (translated for ALECSO, Tunis, 2002); a monograph on The language situation in Tunisia (2001, updated 2006); and another monograph on Education in Tunisia as part of a volume on Education in the Arab World (AMIDEAST, in press). He has been a member of the Advisory Board of ARAL (Annual Review of Applied Linguistics) since 1992 and served on the Editorial Board of English for Specific Purposes: An International Journal (1997-2003).
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