American Language Institute


ALI Administration

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Main Campus
Snyder Memorial

2801 W. Bancroft Street 

Mail Stop 122

Phone: (419) 530-4702

Fax: (419) 530-4600

Faculty & Staff


 Fuad Al-Daraweesh, Ph.D. - Curriculum Coordinator/Instructor

Fuad Al-Daraweesh holds two graduate degrees, one in English, and the other in Educational Foundations and Leadership. He teaches advanced level reading and writing classes. He enjoys working with students from different cultural backgrounds. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and reading books. Fuad has published in many journal articles, and recently his book was published by Palgrave Macmillan.



 Ting Li, Ph.D- Curriculum Coordinator/Instructor

Ting Li holds a Ph.D. degree majored in Educational Leadership and two Master's degrees, one in TESOL, and the other in Educational Psychology. She works as an ESL instructor and a co-administrator at the ALI. For the past years, she has been working with second language learners from multiple counties in North America, South & East Asia, and Middle East. She serves as the division chair and a member of the executive board for the Mid-west Educational Research Association (MWERA). She has published several articles on cross-cultural comparison of learning efficacy. 



Matthew Hannum, M.A. - Instructor

Matthew Hannum obtained his Bachelor’s in Asian Studies and his Master’s in TESOL, both from the University of Toledo. He has tutored at the ALI before, and thoroughly enjoyed talking to the students who came to him. He has already had many great experiences with the ALI and hopes to have many more. 



Wisam Imrani Instructor

Wisam Imrani worked as a TESOL teacher, coordinator, school principal, and supervisor with UNRWA / UNESCO and other private schools. She has gained rich experience through her work within educational administration in her native Jordan. She has also done research projects and seminars with the British Council.



Katherine Austin, M.A. Instructor

Katherine Austin graduated from Kent State University with a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her interest in languages started early, fueling her to earn simultaneous Bachelor’s degrees in German and Manufacturing Technology from Ohio Northern University. Katherine spent three years working as a robot programmer before finally returning to her passion for languages as an ESL instructor. Her experiences studying abroad and working with international students at home have convinced her of the major role that social relationships with native speakers play in language learning. As a result, she is very dedicated to helping students figure out how they can become a part of the larger university community while studying abroad. In Katherine’s spare time she loves reading (in English and German), cooking vegetarian cuisine, and playing with her two black cats.



Makayla Lockett, M.A. Instructor

Makayla Lockett is a recent University of Toledo graduate with an M.A. in English as a Second Language (ESL). She loves studying languages and has thus far dabbled in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French and most recently, Norwegian. Despite the dabbling, she's still practicing in all of them and is fluent in none of them. It doesn't ever stop her from practicing! Since early 2015, she's been tap-dancing as a side hobby and learning to play the piano - and her approach to teaching is one that encourages engagement, and friendly interaction, because people learn more when they're having fun. Ultimately, her goals are to become a dialect coach and an official accent reductionist. Until then, she's happily meeting new people through ESL instruction.



Wafaa Aburahma, M.A. – Instructor

Wafaa Aburahma is a recent Bowling Green State University Graduate with an M.A. in Cross-cultural and International Education and a minor of Second Language Acquisition. Wafaa completed a Certificate Program in TESOL at BGSU and a B.A. in English Language and Literature, focused on Linguistics and Translation overseas. Wafaa's interest in languages and cultures started early as had she lived in more than one Middle Eastern country, surrounded by nationals from all over the world. Working with international students here in the U.S., whether in language classroom settings or in cross-cultural programming, is what she enjoys the most. For her, "it feels like you are on the other side of the world just by talking to someone!" Her goals are to spread cultural understanding and diversity appreciation to make the students' international experience an outstanding one.



AbdulRahman William Congreve M.A. – Instructor

AbdulRahman Congreve enjoys nature and dwelling house restoration. He is currently living in Toledo’s Old West End where he is restoring an early twentieth century American Foursquare. AbdulRahman began his ESL teaching career by obtaining a Cambridge University CELTA certificate and then taught basic English for grades five and six in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for two years. He then taught freshman composition while obtaining his Master’s degree in English from the University of Toledo. He was a lecturer for 15 years in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. He began teaching in the college orientation program and then transitioned to the English Language Department where he taught composition and technical writing. During this time, he also edited publications for the university and journal articles for professors. Additionally, he taught general English and special English courses for university managers, security and library staff.



Liu Hua Sowa, M.A., M.E. -Instructor

Liu Hua Sowa is a graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China.  She holds graduate degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and English Literature, both earned at the University of Toledo., and Education from Siena Heights University in Adrian , Michigan.  Ms. Sowa is retired from the Ohio Public Schools system, in which she founded two of the Toledo area’s ESL programs and taught English Literature at the high school level and ESL at levels k-12. Today she serves as board president of the Chinese Association of Greater Toledo’s (CAGT’s) weekend school and is also co-founder and owner of her own tutoring and test-preparation service. In all, Ms. Sowa’s ESL teaching experience spans over three decades.



Ronald T. Zallocco, M.A. -Instructor

Ronald Thomas Zallocco received his M.A. in English as a Second Language at The University of Toledo. He has taught ESL college composition, tutored in pronunciation, and edited various scholarly articlesHis book, Communication and Language Learning, is available in stores. His professional interests include argumentative writing, communicative learning, and English for Practical Purposes.


Last Updated: 12/4/17