Ahlam Musa has taught both English and Arabic for nearly 20 years in a variety of U.S. university and K-12 school settings as well as in the Middle East. She obtained her PhD in curriculum and instruction focusing on second language education from Texas A&M University and has continued learning ever since. In addition to ESL classes, she has taught linguistics and teacher-education courses. She has also administered a number of ESL programs for both adults and children and served as an academic coordinator for EFL teachers in an international teacher-training program at the University of Delaware. Ahlam’s research interests include heritage language maintenance, diglossia, second language assessment, and teacher education. Ahlam enjoys learning about other languages and cultures to promote cross-cultural understanding and respect, which are values she tries to instill in her four children.