Alaa Elgibali<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Alaa Elgibali is professor of linguistics and director of the Language Center at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.  He received a B.A. in English language and literature from Ain-Shams University, an M.A. in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo, and a doctorate in theoretical linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elgibali comes to the DI from the University of Maryland where he was a tenured full professor and founding chair of the Arabic department and founding director of the Arabic Flagship programs.  He is also a senior advisor to a number of leading international educational organizations, including the American Councils for International Education, the World Languages Initiative, the National Foreign Language Center, and the American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages.  Previously, he was a tenured full professor and director of the M.A. program in TAFL and executive director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo. Elgibali has also been a practicing simultaneous and conference interpreter for over twenty-five years and is a certified top-level simultaneous conference interpreter by most major international organizations, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elgibali developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in linguistics, TAFL, and translation. These include Principles of Linguistic Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, Arabic Linguistics, Arabic Sociolinguistic, Historical Arabic Linguistics, Error Analysis, Second Language Acquisition, Issues in TAFL, Teaching for Proficiency, Materials Development and Adaptation, Observation & Evaluation in Foreign Language Teaching, Issues in Translation, Consecutive Interpretation, and Simultaneous Interpretation. In addition, he has taught most levels and varieties of Arabic and English. He organized six international conferences on Arabic linguistics and TAFL. In addition, Elgibali has supervised over 30 M.A. theses and 7 doctoral dissertations and serves as a content referee for a number of international publishers.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Elgibali is a leading expert on the acquisition, teaching, and testing of first and second language. He has extended experience in experiential, blended and independent learning, content-based and sheltered advanced language instruction, language learning across the curriculum, and proficiency testing. In addition, he developed and delivered numerous training workshops in teaching Arabic as a foreign and first language in Egypt, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United States.</p>
Iman Khaled<p>Mrs. Iman obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Science from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For the last 10 years, She has worked at Qatar University as the Information Systems Specialist with the Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as the Executive Assistant to the Dean at the College of Pharmacy prior to that. Ms. Khaled taught English, Math and Science to Primary level students prior to working at Qatar University. She has gained extensive knowledge in the Academic field throughout her diverse experience.</p><p><br></p>