Hafid Mekaoui and Mohammed Errihani


Al Akhawayn University Language Center instructor Hafid Mekaoui and Mohammed Errihani, former LC instructor and currently at Purdue University Calumet, gave a presentation at the March 2011 TESOL convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The presentation, entitled Peer-mentoring: Incorporating Native Speaking Students in the English Language Classroom, describes how two university-based intensive English programs (IEPs), one in the United States and the other in Morocco, have implemented and maintained two different approaches to help connect their students with other native speaking students on their campuses with similar results. These programs provide an exceptional experiential learning opportunity by helping both English language learners and their peers learn from each other through daily interaction and exchange of information across cultural, political, and religious boundaries in an environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding.