My name is Ahmad Ismail. I am a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona, and I specialize in teaching Arabic as a foreign/second language, having taught it for the better part of the last thirteen years. Before joining the University of Arizona I taught Arabic at the Institut Français d’Egypte and Leiden University in the Netherlands. I also hold a Master’s degree in applied linguistics from the American University in Cairo, and I'm particularly interested in intercultural competence, heritage language pedagogy, and more recently in the work of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Out of academia, I like playing the piano, practicing Arabic calligraphy, and learning languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian (Advanced), Dutch, Hebrew (Intermediate), Japanese (Novice).