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Faculty Directory » Keyvan Karbasioun


Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2019
Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 254
Phone: 978-665-3532

Courses Taught:

Beginning & Intermediate Spanish,Hispanic Civ. (in Spanish), Spanish Conversation & Composition (in Spanish), Spanish Literature (in Spanish)
Beginning & Intermediate French, French Civilization (in French)
Beginning & Intermediate Italian (ITAL 1000, ITAL 2000, ITAL 2100)
Italian Culture (ITAL 3000, ITAL 3100)
Conversational Italian
Second Language Acquisition/Bilingualism:Theory/Practice
Spain Art and Culture (Including Ten-Day Spring Break Educational Experience in Spain)
Lead Educational Experience Over the Spring Break (Spain: 2006, 2010, 2018); (Quebec: 2007);
Co-Lead Educational Experience (Italy: 2004).


Ed.D. Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition, University of Massachusetts:
MA International Relations, University of Kansas
BA Romance Languages, University of Kansas
DELF (Diplôme d'Etude en Langue Française--Issued by Ministry of Education, Republic of France)[1998]
French Summer School (for Teachers of French): Lausanne, Switzerland (1989)/Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada (1986, 1998. 1999. 2000)
Esame di Certificato di Conoscenza della Lingua Italiana, Dilit, Rome, Italy
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests:

Socio-Psycholinguistics/SLA Methodologies

  • Language Immersion Programs including Two-Way Immersion Programs (Worldwide,Especially in the US & Canada)
  • Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Policy
  • Applying High Technology in Language Teaching/Learning (including Distance Education & Its Application in Language Instruction)

Other Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • Canadian Studies

Current Projects:

  • Language Immersion Programs including Two-Way French Immersion Programs (United States vs. Canada)
  • Arabic-Free Persian-Persian Dictionary
  • Arabic Influence in Spanish and Persian Lexicon: A Comparative Study
  • Romanian: The Other Romance Language
  • Designing a Distance Education Language Course
  • Working on a World Language Website
  • Sabbatical Project: English Speakers Learning Spanish vs. Swedish Speakers Learning That Language: A Linguistic Comparison.
  • Linguistic Research (Malmö, Sweden: Summers 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)

Representative Publications:

  • The Future of Reform Movement in Iran: Journal of Iranian Research & Analysis. Vol. 18, No. 2, Nov. 2002
  • Shaping Cultural Politics in the Muslim World; Women's Empowerment as an Alternative to Militarism, Terror & War;International Politics. Vol. 40, No. 3, Sept. 2003
  • Fifty-Minute Presentation on Time TV (Los Angeles, CA, Broadcasting Internationally): The History and Development of the Persian Language (July 28, 2010)
  • Fifty-Minute Presentation on Time TV (Los Angeles, CA, Broadcasting Internationally): Second Language Acquisition in Children and Adults (August 4, 2010)

Book Reviews

  • "Deux Mondes, 8th ed." (McGraw-Hill), 2018.
  • "Conversando con literatura" (Panda Publications), 2011.
  • Ladefoged, P. et al A Course in Phonetics (6th ed.), Wadsworth Cengage Learning (Boston 2011).
  • Hayes, B. Introductory Phonology (Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 2, 2008).
  • Saeed, J.I. Semantics (3rd Ed.) Wiley-Blackwell (UK, 2009).
  • Aronoff, M. What is Morphology?, Blackwell Publishing (UK, 2005).
  • Vaux, B. et Al Linguistic Field Methods, Wipf & Stock Publishers (Eugene, Oregon, 2006).
  • Campbell, Lyle Historical Linguistics, The MIT Press (Cambridge, MA, 2006)
  • Schmitt, N. An Introduction to Applied Linguistics, Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (March 26, 2010).
  • Chambers, J.K. et Al. Dialectology, Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (December 28, 1998).
  • "Punto de partida" (McGraw-Hill Publications), 1981.

Professional Affiliations:

Past and Present

  • NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education)
  • AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics)
  • CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium)
  • ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages)
  • MaFLA (Massachusetts Foreign Language Association)