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Islam Karkour

Senior Lecturer
Office: Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Murkland Hall Rm G14, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Islam Karkour earned his Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction, with concentrations in Second Language Acquisition and Intercultural Competence, from the University of New Hampshire. He previously obtained his MA in Educational Technology and TESOL from Manchester University, UK, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow, as well as his BA in Education from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. Karkour has extensive experience in the field of foreign language education. He began his career as an EFL teacher in Egypt in 2005. In 2013, he was selected as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant and placed at UNH. Dr. Karkour has worked as a lecturer of Arabic at both UNH and the Middlebury Summer Intensive Program. He is an ACTFL certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester, as well as an ACTFL certified Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) rater. He is also a licensed Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) qualified administrator.

Dr. Karkour’s research interests include intercultural competence, foreign language education, and curriculum design and development. He has published several articles related to his work on foreign language education and curriculum design. Currently, he is working on projects that explore the relationship between intercultural competence and foreign language education, stemming from his doctoral dissertation on these subjects.

Courses Taught

  • ARBC 401: Elementary Arabic I
  • ARBC 402: Elementary Arabic II
  • ARBC 425: Intro to Arabic Culture
  • ARBC 425/632: Intro to Arabic Culture
  • ARBC 503: Intermediate Arabic
  • ARBC 503/631: Intermediate Arabic
  • ARBC 504: Intermediate Arabic
  • ARBC 504/632: Intermediate Arabic
  • ARBC 595: Arabic Practicum
  • ARBC 631: Advanced Arabic I
  • LLC 595: Language Practicum


  • Ph.D., Education, Curriculum, and Instruction, Teacher Education, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Educational Technology, TESOL, University of Manchester
  • B.S., Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Langauge, Al-Azhar University

Research Interests

  • Curriculum design and development
  • Foreign language education
  • Intercultural competence

Selected Publications

  • Karkour, I. (2021). Using Technology to Design a Successful Flipped Classroom. The Language Educator, 16(1), 58-89.

  • Karkour, I. (n.d.). Toward “Living Together”: Developing Intercultural Sensitivity Through Arabic Foreign Language Coursework. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 9(1), 57-70. doi:10.32674/jise.v9i1.1737

  • Karkour, I., & Jusseaume, S. (2020). International Students on U.S. College Campuses: Building Up or Tearing Down Cultural Walls?. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 12(Fall), 124-151. doi:10.32674/jcihe.v12iFall.1683

  • Karkour, I. (2019). Why on Earth Would Some People Reject Democracy? An Autoethnographic Reflection on Education and Democracy in Egypt. Interchange, 50(3), 305-319. doi:10.1007/s10780-019-09362-4