Dr. Islam Karkour is from Egypt and specializes in teaching modern standard Arabic and common dialects. He earned his Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction, with concentrations in Second Language Acquisition and Intercultural Competence, from the University of New Hampshire. He previously obtained his MA in Educational Technology and TESOL from Manchester University, UK, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow, as well as his BA in Education from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Karkour has extensive experience in the field of foreign language education. He began his career as an EFL teacher in Egypt in 2005. In 2013, he was selected as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant and placed at UNH. Dr. Karkour has worked as a lecturer of Arabic at both UNH and the Middlebury Summer Intensive Program. He is an ACTFL certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester, as well as an ACTFL certified Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) rater. He is also a licensed Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) qualified administrator.
Dr. Karkour’s research interests include intercultural competence, foreign language education, and curriculum design and development. He has published several articles related to his work on foreign language education and curriculum design. Currently, he is working on projects that explore the relationship between intercultural competence and foreign language education, stemming from his doctoral dissertation on these subjects.