Dr Husain Dhaif joined Ahlia University at its inception in February, 2003, as Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages. He was then appointed as Dean of Student Affairs from 2005 till 2009 when he became Dean of College of Arts & Science, a position which he held until October, 2015. He is a graduate of Leeds University and London University where he obtained his Master’s and PhD degrees. Dr Dhaif worked at the University of Bahrain from 1979 till 2000 where he held the post of Director of the English Language Centre and then Chairperson of the Department of English. His general field of specialisation lies in Applied Linguistics and his specific field of study is the teaching and learning of the English language for science and technology.
His research interest lies in teaching English as a foreign language, English language teaching methodology, teaching reading comprehension, teaching English for science and technology and computer assisted language learning. He has published a number of articles and participated in conferences and seminars in the U.S.A., Britain, Egypt and Jordan.
At Ahlia University, Dr Dhaif teaches English language courses to students of all colleges focusing on developing students’ skills in using English as a medium of instruction.
- Presented a paper at the eleventh conference of the Association of the Colleges of Arts in the Arab Universities entitled “Education for Education or Education for Employment ?”, College of Arts, University of Al Mansoora, Egypt.
- Presented a paper at a symposium on “Recent Developments in E.F.L. in the Arabian Gulf”, ELU, University of Qatar.
- Presented a paper at the Eleventh National Symposium on English Teaching in Egypt, organised by the Centre for Developing English Language Teaching, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Egypt.
- Presented a paper at the Seventh Linguistics Conference of the Department of English, Yarmouk University, Jordan.
- Presented a paper at the Ninth National Symposium on English Teaching in Egypt, organised by the Centre for Developing English Language Teaching, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Egypt.
- Presented a paper at the Sixth Linguistics Conference of the Dept. of English, Yarmouk University, Jordan.
- Presented a paper at the Fourth Linguistic Conference of the Dept. of English, Yarmouk University, Jordan.
- A comment on J. Swales’ paper to the British Council 50th Anniversary Seminar, published in R. Quirk and H. Widdowson (Ed.), “English in the World”, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985.
- “Teaching EST: a socio-cultural viewpoint”, in W. Kelliny (Ed.), “Surveys in Linguistics and Language Teaching I”, European University Studies, Lang, Bern, 1988.
- “Can computers teach languages?” in FORUM, Vol. 37.3, Washington, 1989.
- “Computer assisted language learning: a client’s view”, in CALICO Journal, Vol. 7.4., Brigham Young University, Utah, 1990.
- “Reading aloud for comprehension: a neglected teaching aid”, in Journal of Reading in a Foreign Language”, Vol.7.1, College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, England, 1990.
- “EST Textbooks: How specific are their specific purposes?” in “Studies in Curriculum and Instruction”, Egyptian Council for Curriculum and Instruction, Vol. 10, Cairo, 1991.
- “Learner-centred approaches and self-access centres”, in “Educational Issues”, Volume 3, 1994, Ministry of Education, Bahrain.