Vice Doyen (Maître de conférence)
First name: LABASSI
Last name: Tahar
Date and place of birth: 10 – 10- 1956. Jerba. Tunisia.
Address:Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. Boulevard 9 Avril. 1007 Tunis. Tunisia
Telephone: (216) 21265173.
2010. Habilitation (English Language and Literature)
2002. Ph.D : Doctorate in English Language, Literature and Civilisation.
1996. M.A: Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies en Langue, Littérature et Civilisation Anglaises. (DEA In English Language, Literature and Civilization)
1981. B.A: Maitrise ès Lettres Anglaises.
1975. Baccalaureate (Arts).
1978-1979: French assistant in Bradford, UK. Responsible for the teaching of conversational
French in twoGrammarschools.
1981 – 1991: Teacher of English as a ForeignLanguage in secondaryschools (Jerba and Tabarka:Tunisia).
1991- 1998: ESP teacherat the Faculty of Sciences. Tunis. Responsible for the design and teaching of courses in academic English to students in the engineering cycle. Responsible for the design and teaching of courses to Masters Degreestudents in the department of chemistry.
1998: “Assistant” (Lecturer) at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences in Tunis.
Responsible for the preparation, design, coordination and teaching of English for Specific
Purposes courses at the undergraduatelevel. The preparation, and teaching of a Grammar
course to first yearstudents. Responsible for the design and teaching of a course in Applied
Linguistics to fourthyearstudents.
2003-2005 : Designed and taught a course of English for traineesat the Institut Arabe des Chefsd’Entrepriseswhich hosts The Euro- Arab Management School and offers courses to
obtain the Euro-Arab Management Diploma.
2003-2010: “Maitre Assistant”(Assistant Professor) at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences in Tunis. Responsible for the design and teaching of courses at the undergraduate and graduatelevels
2004-2005: Designed and taught a course at the Faculty of Manuba to DESS students (TEFL)
2004-2006: Maitre Assistant (Assistant Professor). Responsible for the design and teaching of a course at the postgraduatelevelat the Faculty of Manuba (TextLinguistics).
2010… : Maitres de Conférences in English Language : Teach Ma courses. Supervise MAs and PhDs.
2. Courses Taught (Alphabetically)
• English for SpecificPurposes
• Issues in Professional Communication
• Teaching English as a foreignLanguage
• Reading and WritingResearchPapers
• Communication Skills
• WritingTechnical Reports
2010…. : Maitre de Conférences (Associateprofessor of Linguistics : University of Tunis)
206 : Chair of the National Committee for the Recruitment of Assistant Teachers.
2014: Chair of TESOL Arabia Satellite Branch of Tunis.
2013. ..: Vice Dean and Director of Studies : Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Tunis
2013 : President of the National Committee for English Studies. Ministry of Higher Education
2011-2014 : Member of the National Committee for recruiting assistants and assistant professors of English
2009: Co-organizer of the International Conference on NORMS OF TRANSGRESSION. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. University of Tunis.
2009: Member of the editorialboard of The Journal of Languages and Culture.
2009 :Member of the editorialboard of . Cahiers de Tunisie.
2008: Member of the steeringcommittee of Manuba English SeminarConference on Secrets.
2002-2005: Head of the English Department. Faculty of Human and Social sciences. Tunis.
Responsible for administrative and academicactivities. Chaired the Department and organizedanInternational Conference on Survival (April 10-11, 2003)
2004...: Member of Mastersand Doctoraldegreejuries and committees. Faculty of Manuba. Tunisia.
2003: Member of the OrganizingCommittee of EDS Conference on Utopia. Faculty of Letters, La Manuba.
2002: Member of the OrganizingCommittee of EDS Conferenceat the Faculty of Letters, ManubaonLaughter. (April, 17-19, 2003).
2001: Member of the OrganizingCommittee of EDS Seminarat the Faculty of Letters, Manuba on Strategies of Betrayal.
1998: Member of the organizingcommittee of the Third ESP Maghreb Conference.
1993. « Remedies for demotivation in a Tunisian ESP context ». ESP National Seminar. Hotel El Andalous, Sfax. Tunisia. April, 17, 1993.
1993. « In- house materials as teachingaids: criteria for a soundselection ». ESP National Seminar. Faculty of Sciences, Monastir, Tunisia, November 1993.
1994. « The Role of the ESP teacher ». ESP National Seminar. Faculty of Sciences,
Monastir, Tunisia. October, 22, 1994.
1995. « ESP: A market-orientedapproach ». Second ESP Maghreb Conference. Faculty of
Letters. Sfax. May 1995.
1996. ESP: a prescription against tissue rejection. In collaboration with Mohamed Daoud
from Institut Supérieur des Langues. Abstract accepted by the OrganizingCommittee of TESOL Arabia. Dubai, United ArabEmirates. March 1996.
1996. « ESP and the real world: someresponses to new requirements ». In collaboration with
Mohamed Daoud from Institut Supérieur des Langues. Hotel Le Belvédére. Tunis. March, 1, 1996.
1996. « Guidelines for academicwritingfromresearchpaperanalysis ». In collaboration with
Mohamed Daoud. Abstract accepted by the OrganizingCommittee of TESOL 1996. Florida, USA.
1996. « Teaching mixed-ability classes » ESP National Seminar. Faculty of Sciences,
Monastir, Tunisia. November, 30, 1996.
1997. « Guidelines for academicwritingfromresearchpaperanalysis ». In collaborationwith
Third ESP Maghreb Conference. Hotel Karim. Tunis. Tunisia. February 27- March 1, 1997.
1997. « Reading titles of empiricalresearchpapers ». National ESP Seminar. Faculty of
Medicine, Sousse, Tunisia. October, 1, 1997.
1997. « A historicaloverview of an evolvingdiscoursevariety: the abstract ». National
Seminar on “Discoursevarieties and translation”. Faculty of Letters. Sfax. Tunisia. December, 12-14, 1997.
1999. « Managingconstraints ». ESP National Seminar. Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs.
Tunis. May, 9, 1999.
2000. « Teaching the English of specificpurposes to future teachers of English for specific
Purposes ». Paperpresentedat: the Fourth ESP Maghreb Conference. Agadir, Morocco, April, 28-30, 2000.
20001. « ESP in NorthAfrica: Challenges and solutions ». Paperpresentedat TESOL 2001.
Saint Louis Missouri. USA. February 27 – March 3, 2001.
2001. « Betrayal as generic and discursive evolution. Paperpresentedat EDS Conference on
“Strategies of Betrayal”. Faculty of Letters. Manuba. TUNISIA.
2002. « On Nativespeakerhood and nonnativespeakership ». Paperpresentedat English
DepartmentSeminar on “Pluralities”. Faculty of Human and Social sciences. Tunis. Tunisia. April 11-13 2002.
2002. « A Linguistic and RhetoricalAnalysis of Conference Notes ». Paperaccepted by the
OrganizingCommittee of the International Association for AppliedLinguisticsConference. Singapore, December 15-21, 2002.
2003. « Survival in the Kingdom of “Publish or Perish”. Paperpresentedat the English
DepartmentSeminaron“Survival”. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. April, 10-12, 2003. Tunis. Tunisia.
2003. « Laughter: Beyond the boundaries of discourse ». Paperpresentedat the English
DepartmentAnnualSeminar on “Laughter”. Faculty of Letters La Manuba. April, 17-19, 2003. Tunis. Tunisia.
2005. « On the utopianproject of linguisticism ». Paperpresentedat the Manuba
International Conference. Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities. Tunis. Tunisia.
2008. « The hidden in somewritings on language. Paperpresentedat the MESC Conference
on “Secrets”. Faculty of Arts Manuba, April 10-12. Tunis. Tunisia.
2008. « Linguistic pressures in Arabo-Franco-AnglicizedTunisia ». Paperacceptedat the
33rd Conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe on “Teacher Education Facing the Intercultural Dialogue”. Université Libre de Bruxelles, 23-27 August, 2008. Brussels, Belgium.
2009. « Authority as a norm of transgression ». Paperpresentedat the International
Conference on “Norms of Transgression”. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Tunis. December, 3rd – 4th, 2009.
2010. “Pour une sociolinguistique de l’entreprise Tunisienne”. Paperpresentedat the
International Conference on “Utilités, usages de la sociologie et formation » organized by L’Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langues Française (AISLF). Tozeur, Tunisie: October, 18-20, 2010.
2012. « ELT in the Arab World ». Plenarypaperpresentedat the International Conference on
TEL to ArabStudents. The AustralianCollege of Kuwait. Kuwait
2013 : « ESP in nonanglophoneacademic settings ». Paperpresentedat the Conference on
innovation in ELT. Foggia, Italy
2014 : «Hot issues in discourseanalysis ». Paperpresented on the Study Day organized by
The Tunisian Association of youngResearchers. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. Tunis.
2016. « Attitudes towards change and innovation in non-anglophone academic settings »
PlenaryConference. Faculty of Human and social sciences. International Conference on « change and innovation in the MENA regioneltteaching settings : resistance or receptivity »
2016. « le role des sciences humaines dans la promOtion de la visibilité des universités
tunisiennes » ; conférence au « Deuxiéme journée pour la recherche » Université de Tunis
IV. ATTENDANCE: WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES
1996: Workshop on writing and publishingresearchpapers in English. Presenter: Dr Dahmani
Fathallah Institut Pasteur, Tunis.
1997: attended a workshop on project management. Presenter: T. Philips. Institut Bourguiba
des Langues Vivantes, Tunis.
1997: Workshop on writing for publication. Presenter: P. Hills. University of Reading, UK.
2001. The American Association of AppliedLinguistsConference. February 24-27, 2001.
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.
2013. UNESCO Conference on EnhancingLanguage Education and LanguageAbility.
1994. SummerSchoolScholarship: awarded by the British Council, Tunis, to attend theESP
SummerSchool. Plymouth, UK, August 1994.
1997. AttachmentScholarship: awarded by the British Council, Tunis. Doctoral researchat
theUniversity of Reading, UK. January – March, 1997. I worked on myresearch doctoral researchprojectunder the supervision of Pauline Robinson.
1998. AttachmentScholarship: awarded by the British Council, Tunis. Doctoral researchat
Reading, UK, August, 1998. I worked on my doctoral thesisunder the supervision of Ron White, Director of the Center for appliedLanguageStudies, University of Reading.
1999. AttachmentScholarship: awarded by the British Council, Tunis. Doctoral researchat
theUniversity of Reading, UK, March, 1999. I worked on my doctoral thesisunder the supervision of Ron White, Director of the Center for AppliedLanguageStudies (CALS).
1995. The Morley Scholarship for Research in AppliedLinguistics: awarded by the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of The United States Information Service (USIS) in Tunis providedfunds to cover the traveling expenses, accommodation fees (aweek in New York), and book purchases. July – August 1995. During the 10 weeks I spentat The University of Michigan I worked on my DEA Thesisunder the supervision of Professor John Swales, professor of linguistics and Director of the English Language Institute (ELI).
2001. TOEFL BoardAward for International Participation at TESOL 2001: Scholarship to
coverexpenses for participation at TESOL Conference 2001. Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.
2002. SolidarityAward. Scholarship, awarded by the International Association for Applied
Linguistics, to covertravelexpenses to Singapore to present a paperat the AILA
International Conference. Singapore 15-16 December 2002.
1993: Remedies for demotivation in a Tunisian ESP context. Tunisia ESP Newsletter (1993),
1995: Interview with John Swales. Tunisia ESP Newsletter (1995), 12: 6-11.
2004: Betrayal as generic and discursive evo+lution. Proceedings of the conference on
“Strategies of Betrayal”. Publications de la Faculté des Lettres, Manouba, Tunis : Tunisia.
2007: On Native Speakerhood and nonnativespeakership . Cahiers de Tunisie, 196 : 25-39.
2007: Laughter:beyond the boundaries of discourse. Proceedings of EDS Conference on
Laughter. Publications de la Faculté des Lettres Manouba,, Tunis : TUNISIA.
2008: On responsible Uses of English: English for emancipation, correction, and academic
purposes. Changing English, 15, 407-414.
2009: Currentlinguistic pressures in Arabo-Franco AnglicizedTunisia. Cahiers de Tunisie.
2009: Periphery non-Anglophone scholarship in English-onlyjournals: Conditions of a better
visibility. Changing English, 16, 247-254.
2009: Reading titles of empiricalresearchpapers, The Reading Matrix, 9. 66-174.
2009. Book Review: LinguisticDiversity and Teaching, 4th Volume, ncy L. Commins&
Ofelia B. Miramontes (2005). Edited by Daniel P. Liston & Kenneth M. Zeitchner. Series: ReflectiveTeaching and the Social Conditions of Schooling for Prospective and PracticingTeachers.Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. The Reading Matrix, 9, 249-251.
2009. Two ESP projectsunder the test of time: the case of Brazil and Tunisia. English for
SpecificPurposes, 29, 19-29.
2010. English-onlyconferences: whatdida non-native expert note? Journal of English as an
International Language, 5: 198-216.
2010. Linguisticsapplied: the prescriptive period. Revue Tunisiennes des Sciences Sociales.
2010. On the utopianproject of linguisticism. Proceedings of the Manuba English
DepartmentSeminar on “Utopia”. Publications de la Faculté des Lettres des Arts et des Humanités, Tunis, Tunisia.
2011. The hidden in somewritings on language. Proceedings of the Manuba English Seminar
Conference on “Secrets”. Publications de la Faculté des Lettres des Arts et des Humanités, Tunis : Tunisia.
1997: English for Professionals. Tunis: Publications of the Ministry of Vocational Training.
1998: English for Mechanical Engineering. Tunis: Publications of the Ministry of Vocational
2008: e-course of English for Science and Technologylevel 1: Université Virtuelle de Tunis.
2012. Read WriteLike an Engineer. Publications of the AustralianCollege of Kuwait.
2013 : « TakingRightsSeriously » Ronald Dworkin. (Reviewer)
2014. « Talking to the Enemy ». Scott Atran (Reviewer).
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