جامعة الملك عبدالعزيز

KING ABDULAZIZ UNIVERSITY

Solaiman Ali


  
 

Solaiman Ali
 Assistant Professor
Department of  Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
King Abdulaziz University
Phone: 6402000
Email: solaiman_ali2@hotmail.com

 
   
  
 

Profile:

Address
English Language Unit (ELU)
Faculty of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University
P.O. Box: 80204, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 21589
E-mail:
solaiman_ali2@hotmail.com
Website: www.kaau.edu.sa/shkali
Mobile: 966-505-618-187; 966-2687-7997 (home)
  Profession: Teaching/research (English Language, Literature  Communication & Education)
Citizenship: American
Born: Rangpur, Bangladesh (erstwhile East Pakistan)
Marital status: Married (one child)
Language skills: English, Bengali, French & Arabic
English: Native command
   
  Objective:
Teaching/research in English as a Second/Foreign Language Education
   
 

Areas of interest

Language Education; Applied Linguistics; TESOL Methods/Approaches (grad. level); TESOL Practicum (graduate level); English Literature; Technical Communication/Report Writing; Business Communication; Reading, Writing & Study Skills in Higher Education; IGCSE and "A" Level courses in English Language & Literature; & Education consultant

   
 

Education

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 1991
Major: Language Education
Minor: English Literature
Thesis: A Study to Identify and Analyze the Perceived Nature and Causes of the English Language-based Problems and the Coping Strategies of the Indonesian and Malaysian Students in an American University.
Emphasis: ESL/EFL Teacher Education/Training

MA (thesis route), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, 1988
Major: English Literature.
Thesis: The Dramatic Significance of I.i of Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth: A Study of the Relationship between the Opening Scene and the Complete Drama.
Emphasis: Shakespeare & Elizabethan Literature

M.Ed.,  Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, 1983.
Major: Curriculum Development.
Emphasis: Language teaching

MA, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh, 1975.
Major: English Literature.
Emphasis: Victorian Fiction (Special Author: George Eliot).

BA, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh, 1973.
Major: English Literature
Minors: History & Political Science

H.S.C. (Higher Secondary Certificate), Carmichael College, Rangpur, Bangladesh (East Pakistan)

   
  Professional Development (major)
 

Gave presentations (workshops/seminars) from time to time at the Center for Teaching & Learning Development (CTLD), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (1991-present)

Active Learning Workshop Series: Received month-long training in Active Learning in the College Classroom in preparation for teaching a course in "Introduction to Engineering Design" to freshmen at the School of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Spring, 2003)

Excellence in College Teaching Course: Completed a three credit-hour course offered by the Graduate School, Indiana University, Bloomington (Summer, 2002).

The Certificate in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) (one-year postgraduate diploma in teaching English as a Foreign Language; 20 graduate credit hours required), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 1997.

Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA): Following the 22-hour training sessions in Literacy, I tutored reading & writing to a Hungarian-speaking medical doctor who was preparing to take the US Medical Examinations (USMLE) for one year in LVA, Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. (1988-1989)

Summer course in Classroom Management, The British Council, Exeter, England, 1979.

   
  Teaching Experience
 
Summary of experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language, English Literature, Composition and Technical Communication in Saudi Arabia, USA, Canada, Algeria and Bangladesh.
   
  King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
 
  • 1997 to present: Assistant Professor, English Language Unit, School of Engineering. Teaching: Courses in Writing; Reading; Technical English, & Technical Communication/Report Writing; Engineering Design; and English proficiency.

    Also, serving as editor of student lab report, senior projects and theses at the Faculty of Engineering.

  • 1991-1996: Language Teacher, English Language Center (ELC).
    Taught: EFL proficiency/ESP courses.
   
  Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
 
  • 1996-1997: Associate Instructor, Intensive English Program (IEP) (Dept. of TESOL & Applied Linguistics). Taught: English as a Foreign Language (Intermediate level) for one academic year.

  • 1/1985-8/1991: Associate Instructor, Research Assistant & Library Assistant (Dept. of Language Education, School of Education). Taught: Learning Skills to freshmen for one year.
  Ministry of Higher Education, Algiers, Algeria
 
  • 9/1983-12/1984:Lecturer in English. Taught: Courses in English language & literature for one academic year and a semester at the Institute of Foreign Languages, University of Constantine, Constantine, Algeria.
  Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
 
  • 1980-1983: Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant, Dept. of English & Faculty of Education.Taught: Composition to foreign students at the Dept. of English for two years.
  Ministry of Higher Education, Algiers, Algeria
 
  • 10/1977-8/1980: Lecturer in English (hired by the Ministry of Education). Taught: ESP courses to social science majors at the University of Oran, Oran (Wahran), and English language & literature courses to English majors (undergraduate) at the University of Annaba, Annaba, for 3 years (continuously).
   
 

Publications

Books

1.     Dictionary of Education: Language of Teaching and Learning. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse Publishers. (2005) (Available in print). ISBN 1420892789. Website address: www.authorHouse.com

2.     Common Acronyms and Abbreviations in Education. (work completed)
 
3.     A Comparative Study of the Opening Scenes in Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth. (work completed)

4.     English-Bengali, Bengali-English Dictionary (in progress)

5.     Introduction to Writing a Lab Report in Science and Engineering. (work undertaken)

Edited Books (major)

Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Bulletin 2004 (335 pages). Jeddah: Scientific Publishing Center, King Abdulaziz University, 2004.

Articles

1. Proceedings of the First EFL Skills Conference, 1995. "The Major Quantitative Findings of a Study of the English Language-based Study Skills Problems of Foreign Students at an AmericanUniversity." Cairo, Egypt: The American University in Cairo.

2.     "A Case Study of Two Foreign Students: Focus on Language Problems. " ERIC Clearinghouse, document # ED35957

3.     "The Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA): Teaching ESL as the Medium of Learning." (unpublished)

4.     Co-author. "Current International Trends and Need for Reforms in Engineering Education at King Abdulaziz University." (unpublished)

Conferences (most recent)

1.     Attended the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) Conference on Higher Education, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. January 30-February 2, 2005.

2.     Active Learning Workshop Series: Received month-long training in Active Learning in the College Classroom in preparation for teaching a course in "Introduction to Engineering to Design," Faculty of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Spring, 2003)

Memberships in Professional Organizations

• TESOL-Arabia

• TESOL (Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages)

   
 

Community Development

Bangladesh International School (English Medium), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (11/1999–6/2002).

Chairman, School Governing Board. Developed the school from the Primary level up to grade 13; set up the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Advanced (“A”) Level programs of the British National Curriculum, hired professionally qualified Principal and subject specialist teachers, developed infrastructure and adopted good quality textbooks. Thus, carried out major educational reforms and expansion and improved the educational standards and environment in the school.

 

Honors/Awards

1.   Certificate of outstanding achievement from the Ministry of Education, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2002.
2.   Distinguished Service Award, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1996.
3.   Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award of the Year for: A Study of the English Language-based Problems and Coping Strategies of Two Groups of Asian Students at a U.S. University. (the School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA) (1990)
4.   Outstanding Graduate Student in the Field of Reading, Indiana State Reading Council, Indianapolis, USA, 1987.
5.   College of Arts & Sciences Fellowship, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada, 1982-1983. The award covered educational expenses (including tuition fees) for an MEd degree in Curriculum & Instruction, 1982-83.


 
   
  
 

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Contact Info:
  • Office Phone: 6402000
  • Email : solaiman_ali2@hotmail.com
  • P.O.Box : 80204
  • URL : http://SHKALI.kau.edu.sa
  • Fax : 6401686
  • Mobile : 0505618187