April 29, 2014

Al Yamamah Staff

Dr. Nebila Dhieb-Henia, General Director

General Director of INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University, Dr. Nebila Dhieb-Henia oversees the INTERLINK Women’s and Men’s Divisions as well as all outreach programs offered by INTERLINK. With MA and PhD degrees in Applied Linguistics from the University of Manuba, Tunisia, and as Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics, she has lectured on Curriculum Development, Applied Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, and TESL/TEFL Methodologies at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also been involved in facilitating different pre-service and in-service teacher training programs during most of her tenure. An active participant in international conferences in TESOL, TESOL ARABIA, the Maghreb Conference, and INTERLINK’s various, annual ELT International Symposia, she enjoys training, research, and writing. Her articles have been published in English for Specific Purposes, ITL Review of Applied Linguistics, CALL-EJ and English Teaching Forum, and her book “Understanding reading in a scientific context: A genre-based approached” appeared in 2010 (VDM). Nebila speaks Arabic and French fluently.

Bu-Madyan Kahtan, Assistant Director

Mr. Bu-Madyan Kahtan is currently Assistant Director at INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University, Riyadh, KSA. He is a passionate English language teaching professional from Yemen. He has been working in the field of English language teaching, training, and curriculum since 1997. In 1996, he earned his BA in TEFL from Taiz University with distinction. Five years later, he was granted a Fulbright scholarship and earned his MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Northern Iowa, USA. He joined INTERLINK at Al Yamamah in January 2007 as an English instructor. One year later, he was promoted to Instructional Coordinator. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Director for the Men’s Campus. Bu-Madyan enjoys teaching and is very interested in assessment and curriculum design. He loves photography.

Helen Honczarenko, Assistant Director for the Women’s Division

Helen (Halynka) Honczarenko has been with INTERLINK since 2012.  She is a career educator with almost 40 years of experience in teaching, curriculum and instructional design, project management, teacher training, and supervision.   In addition to creating teaching materials and designing courses, she has written a module on Instructional Design for the Teacher of Adults Program used in Ontario’s provincial colleges and Blueprints for Teaching, a manual for new teachers at Cambrian College in Canada.  She received both her Teaching Certification and her BA in English and Theater Arts from Rutgers University in NJ; she received her M.Ed. from Brock University in Canada.  

Katrina Baran, Instructional Coordinator

Katrina Baran is a teacher, administrator and teacher-trainer who has been involved in ESOL and education for over 15 years.  She holds a BA (hons) in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and a Certificate in TESL from Carleton University (Canada), and a PGC in Cultural Management from Humber College (Canada).  She also holds an MA in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute (USA), a certificate in Online Instruction from George Brown College (Canada) and is working to complete a DELTA (Cambridge – UK) and a Cert IBET (Trinity – UK).  Katrina spent her early career in theatre administration in Toronto before returning full-time to teaching ESOL, working in the public school system and a public university in Ulsan, South Korea, and with the British Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  She joined INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University in 2011.  Katrina has presented at several international conferences, including TESOL Arabia (UAE) and IATEFL (UK), and delivered in-service teacher training workshops in the US, Mongolia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Katrina’s research interests include use of mobile (and other) technologies in the classroom, flipped classrooms in ESOL, teacher training and leadership in ESOL.

Sujoy Sengupta, Instructional Coordinator

Sujoy Sengupta has been teaching at INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University since 2008. Formerly he taught in Saudi Arabia, China and India. Sujoy holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Calcutta, India and has a Certificate in Applied Linguistics/ELT from the University of Reading, UK. He has an active interest in sports and culture.

mohamed-haroun Mohamed Haroun, Instructional Coordinator

Mohamed Haroun joined INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University as an English language instructor in 2012. He graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and political science (special honors curriculum) and a master’s degree in British and American literature. He also completed a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining INTERLINK, he worked in higher education administration for over ten years as the Assistant to the President of Hunter College. At Hunter, he also developed his love for teaching when he was given the opportunity to teach expository writing for three years in the Department of English. He continued to refine his pedagogical outlook, both in theory and practice, when he taught both English and Arabic to adult learners at a language center in New York City for three years. Mohamed has presented at TESOL Arabia (UAE) and continues to attend and participate in various EFL conferences and workshops in his quest to further enhance his understanding of second language acquisition in an EFL context.

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