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Dr. Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui

Director of TESOL

 Dr. Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui

Dr. Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui is Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics.  He has been Director of the TESOL Program at Emporia State University since 1999. He served as KATESOL President 2007-2008. He received the 2011 Emporia State University President Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity.  He was awarded the ESU Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Diversity in December 2001. Dr. Salim Sehlaoui is the academic advisor of both ESOL Licensure candidates and MA TESOL Candidates.

Dr. Sehlaoui wrote the proposal for a Master's of Arts program in TESOL which was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and started in Fall 2006. The MA TESOL is a unique program of its kind within the state of Kansas. He also initiated and has supervised a Fulbright grant project to establish the Arabic Language and Culture Program at ESU since 2004.  Since then, Dr. Sehlaoui has been the sponsor of the Arabic Club and ESU's MSA student organizations.  He has served as a member of the Graduate Council and Council on Teacher Education. He is currently a member of many other national and international professional organizations including the national TESOL organization for which he currently serves as a TESOL/NCATE reviewer. 

Dr. Sehlaoui has been teaching since 1986 (in Secondary and Elementary Schools), and at the university level since 1995 in various contexts. He wrote and has been directing various National Professional Development Grant projects ( $6.03 Million Dollars). The most recent grant project awarded is Project Estrellas ($1.4 Million Dollars). These grant projects serve more than 25 school districts. His rich ESL/EFL teaching experience, TESOL Teacher Education, and Computer Technology, Master degrees (MS TEFL and MA TESOL) and Doctorate in TESOL Teacher Education have provided him with knowledge and skills in the following areas: Crosscultural Communication, Applied Linguistics; ESL/Bilingual teacher education; Second Language Acquisition; Heritage Language Education; TESL/TEFL methodology; Integrated and Content-based Learner-centered Curriculum and Assessment; and Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching. 

Dr. Sehlaoui's research interest is in the areas of developing cross-cultural communicative competence in ESL/EFL teachers, Heritage Language Education, CALL, TESOL Teacher Education Program Evaluation/Effectiveness and Professional Development, Foreign Language Reading, and Sociolinguistics. He speaks five languages (Arabic, French, English, Berber, and Spanish). He is married and has three children (two sons and one daughter).  He enjoys reading/writing, sport (martial arts), fishing, and drawing.  

Federal Grants Awarded: Total of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Amount Awarded: $6.03 Million Dollars

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Albrecht, N. (Spring, 2007). Project Estrellas, A Title III National Professional Development Grant.Submitted to the United States Dept. of Education. $1.4 Million Dollars funding for five years awarded October 1, 2002. This project serves nine school districts in South Central Kansas. Currently serving as Project Co-Director.

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Seguin, C. (2002). Project Achievement: A Title III Professional Development Grant. Submitted to the United States Dept. of Education, June, 2002; $1,247,820 Million Dollars funding for five years awarded October 1, 2002. This project served North West Kansas school districts.Served as Project Co-Director.

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Seguin, C.(2002). Project Best: A Title III Professional Development Grant. Submitted to the United States Dept. of Education, June, 2002; $1,261,373 Million Dollars funding for five years awarded October 1, 2002. This project served Shawnee Mission School District. Served as Project Best Director in Shawnee Mission School District.

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Seguin, C.(2002). Project Excellence: A Title III Professional Development Grant. Submitted to the United States Dept. of Education, June, 2002; $1,261,373 Million Dollars funding for five years awarded October 1, 2002. This project served eight school districts in South Central Kansas.

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Seguin, C.(2001). Project Success, A Federal grant- funded project. Grant received $750.000 for three years beginning October 1st, 2001. This project serves eight school districts in Eastern Central Kansas.

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Perez, L. (Summer 2001). Innovation in Teaching Block Grant for designing and teaching a distance learning innovative course. Awarded amount $5,000.

Awards and Honors

  • 2011, Emporia State University Presidential Award for Faculty Research and Creativity.
  • 2008, Received the Kansas Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (KATESOL) Award for Significant Contribution by University Faculty to English Language Learners on March 27, 2008.
  • 2007-2008 Elected as Kansas TESOL Organization President www.katesol.org 
  • 2005 Received nomination to the Wall of Tolerance by Rosa Parks and Morris Dees from the Southern Poverty Law Center, USA
  • Who's Who among International Professionals, 2004
  • 2001 Emporia State University Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Diversity, December, 2001
  • Assistantship Award, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1994-1997
  • Two Scholarship Awards (Graduate and Undergraduate studies), Moroccan Ministry of National Education 1980-1985.

Publications

Books

Sehlaoui, A. S. (2011).  Developing ESL/EFL Teachers’ Crosscultural
Communicative Competence: A Research-based Critical Pedagogical Model. Lambert Academic Publishing

Sehlaoui, A. S. &Nwoye, J. (Eds.) (2001).Multicultural Education:
Diverse Perspectives. Victoria: Canada. Trafford.

Book Chapters

Sehlaoui, A. S., Seguin, C., & Kreicker, K. (2005). "Facing the Challenge of
Online ESOL Teacher Education in an Era of Accountability: A Collaborative Model." Research on Alternative and Non-traditional Education: Teacher Education Yearbook XIII. Ed. J. R. Dangel and E. M. Guyton: Lanham, MD. ScarecrowEducation.

Sehlaoui, A. S. &Nwoye, J. (2001). "Meeting the needs of Arab and Muslim Students: Process and content." Multicultural Education: Diverse Perspectives. A.S. Sehlaoui and J. Nwoye (Eds.) Victoria: Canada. Trafford.

Sehlaoui, A. S. (2001). "A critical pedagogical approach to teach
linguistically and culturally diverse students." Multicultural Education: Diverse Perspectives. A.S. Sehlaoui and J. Nwoye (Eds.) Victoria: Canada. Trafford.

Most Recent Articles in Distinguished Refereed Professional Journals

Sehlaoui. A. S. & Albrecht, N. (2011). The Inter-Relationship between Knowledge Base, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Confidence in TESOL Teacher Education.The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9.


Sehlaoui, Abdelilah, S. (2009). Moroccan Professional Public Storytellers: An Endangered  Species.  Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies, Volume 5 Issue 3.

Sehlaoui. A. S. & Albrecht, N. (2009). Online Professional Development
forTESOLTeachers in Rural and Suburban Kansas: An Innovative Model.  The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Volume 5, 2009.

Sehlaoui, Abdelilah S. (2008a) Language Learning in the United States of America. Language, Culture, and Curriculum Journal, Vol. 21:3, 2008.

Sehlaoui, Abdelilah S. (2008b). Language Learning, Heritage, and Literacy in the USA:  The Case of Arabic Language, Culture, and Curriculum Journal, Vol. 21:3, 2008.

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Albrecht, N. (2008). Meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically  Diverse learners. The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, Volume 8, 2008.

Sehlaoui, A. S. & Albrecht, N. (2008). A collaborative professional development  Teaching model: Supporting academic excellence for limited English proficiency  Students. The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, 2008.

Sehlaoui, A. S. (2001). "Developing Cross-cultural Communicative Competence via Computer-Assisted Language Learning:  The Case of Preservice ESL/EFL Teachers", The Association of Learning Technology Journal, Vol 9 (3) 2001.

Sehlaoui, A. S. (2001). "Facing the Challenge of Teaching and Learning EFL Reading: Beyond The Language of Critique", Reading in a Foreign Language Journal, Vol 13 (2) 2001.

Sehlaoui, A. S. (2001). "Developing Cross-cultural Communicative Competence in Preservice ESL/EFL Teachers: A Critical Perspective," Language, Culture, and Curriculum Journal, Vol. 14:1, 2001.