Islam Karkour is from Al-Beheira province in northern Egypt and specializes in teaching modern standard Arabic and common dialects. He earned his Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction, with a concentration 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. Since 2013, he has been working as a lecturer of Arabic at both the University of New Hampshire and the Middlebury Summer Intensive Program. His research interests include intercultural competence, foreign language education, and curriculum design and development. Dr. Karkour 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.