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Welcome FLTA Imad Baazizi

— by on October 26th, 2016

How to say “Welcome” in Arabic: ahlan wa sahlan

Imad Baazizi
2016 Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

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Tell us about yourself. 

I am from Morocco. I was born in Benimellal, where I earned a diploma of general studies in English at Sultan Moulay Slimane University. Then, I moved to Marrakech, where I got my bachelor’s degree in English literature and linguistics. I had a one-year training in the educational center in Safi city. In 2011, I started working as an EFL teacher in Essaouira and become an active member of Moroccan Association of Teachers of English. In 2014, I volunteered as an assistant coach on the Moroccan National Debate Team.

What made you come to Washington and Lee as an FLTA? 

I always look for new experiences, especially abroad. Actually, when you travel to another country, you make new friends and you get to know another culture; as a consequence, you confirm your own culture through the others’ perspective, and that is the beauty of it.

 What is your favorite part about the area so far?

I like small towns surrounded by nature. So I think I’m in the right place. My favorite part would be my window view in my office in Baker Hall. In addition to that, I like the architecture of the university buildings.

Is there anything in particular that you are looking forward to doing while you are in the USA?

Improve my communication skills and my career as a teacher.

What are your plans for when you return home? 

I will continue teaching and studying. I hope my students there will benefit from my experience in the U.S.

What do you like to do for enjoyment?

I like associative work, where you get to know more people and help others to get back on track. I like outdoor activities, hiking, climbing and biking. I like poetry and I enjoy writing some verses from time to time. I like skateboarding and swimming.

“Life is ups and downs, enjoy the ups and enjoy the downs, too, but differently”

Reach out to Imad at baazizii17@mail.wlu.edu.