|Dr. Nebila Dhieb, General Director
Nebila oversees both the Women’s and Men’s Divisions at the university as well as all outreach programs offered by INTERLINK. With MA and PhD degrees in Applied Linguistics from the University of Manuba (UM), Tunisia, and as Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics at UM, she has lectured on Curriculum Development, Applied Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, and TESL/TEFL Methodologies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. During most of her tenure, she has been involved in facilitating different pre-service and in-service teacher training programs. 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. Her book “Understanding Reading in a Scientific Context: A Genre-based Approach” was published in 2010 (VDM). Nebila is fluent in Arabic and French.
|Bu-Madyan Kahtan, Assistant Director Men’s Division
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 (Halynka) Honczarenko, Assistant Director Women’s Division
Helen is a career educator whose various roles have included teaching, curriculum, 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 colleges and Blueprints for Teaching, a manual for new teachers at Cambrian College in Canada. She holds a Teaching Certificate and BA in English and Theater Arts from Rutgers, and an MEd from Brock University in Canada. Helen is fluent in Ukranian.
|Randa Sibahi, Instructional Coordinator
Randa holds a BA in English Literature, an MA in English/Arabic Translation and Localization, an MEd from the University of Exeter/UK and has completed most coursework towards a PhD in the field of TESOL. Prior to joining the INTERLINK program, Randa worked as an ESL instructor and a TOEFL trainer in Saudi schools and universities. She is an active researcher who has published articles in the Arab World English Journal and has participated in international conferences and INTERLINK’s annual ELT Symposium. Her academic interests include second language writing and ESL materials development.
|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.